All-American Mountaineers

A pair of West Virginia University baseball players were recently named Freshman All-Americans by Baseball America.

Right fielder Darius Hill, and utility infielder Ivan Vera were both named to the Freshman All-American Second Team.

This adds to the list of awards that Hill has racked up since the Mountaineers season came to an end.

Hill, whose .342 batting average was ninth-best in the Big 12, led the conference in doubles (20) and also ranked amongst the leaders in hits (75), triples (4), and runs scored (49). He also not only led the Mountaineers in a majority of those offensive categories, but as well as in slugging percentage (.511), on-base percentage (.420) and walks (32).

The Mountaineer right fielder was also named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American Second Team, as well as the 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team.

For Vera, this is his first national honor.

Vera was a big help to the Mountaineers, especially offensively during the second-half of the season.

Vera led WVU with a .381 average and an on-base percentage of .437.

During the Big 12 Championship game against TCU (link), Hill went 3-for-5 at the plate, driving in four runs, including three on a triple to right-center field in the fourth inning, and finished a home run shy of the cycle.

In the Mountaineers second game of the tournament against Texas Tech (link), Vera went 2-for-3 at the dish while driving in a pair of runs.

Both Hill and Vera were among those named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team, and both also made All-Big 12 teams – Hill being named to the Second Team, and Vera to the Honorable Mention team.


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