MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Juniors Kyle Gray and Darius Hill of the West Virginia University baseball team have been named to the East All-Region First Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Hill is honored for the second time in his career, after earning first team accolades in 2016, while Gray is recognized for the first time. This marks the third consecutive season at least one Mountaineer has been named to the first team and the sixth year in a row a WVU player is on the first or second team. Gray and Hill are the 50th and 51st players in program history to be named to the East All-Region First or Second Team, since 1983.
West Virginia is one of three Big 12 programs to have two players recognized and one of just two with at least two first team honorees.
The awards add to a long list of honors for the WVU duo, who both were named to the All-Big 12 Team, Gray on the first team and Hill on the second team. They each earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team accolades, and Hill was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Additionally, Gray was drafted in the 14th round of the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees last week.
A second baseman from Blanco, Texas, Gray’s 2018 season was highlighted by a 23-game hit streak, the longest by a Mountaineer since 2009, and 14 home runs, tied for sixth-most in a single season in program history. He led the team in nearly every offensive category and was second in the Big 12 with a .677 slugging percentage, third with a .374 batting average, a .462 on-base percentage and 14 home runs, fourth with 134 total bases and seventh with 74 hits.
In Big 12 play, Gray led the league with a .391 batting average, was second with a .759 slugging percentage and 66 total bases, third with eight home runs, fourth with a .460 on-base percentage and 34 hits and seventh with 24 runs scored.
Hill, a right fielder from Dallas, led the team and finished second in the Big 12 with 79 hits, was third in the conference with a team-high-tying 20 doubles and was ninth in the league with 115 total bases. He was second on the team with a .329 batting average and 41 runs scored and added four home runs, 36 RBIs, a .479 slugging percentage and a .362 on-base percentage. Hill’s 240 at-bats led the team and ranks No. 7 in a single season in team history.
In conference action, Hill was sixth in the Big 12 with a .364 batting average and finished second with 36 hits and sixth with nine doubles.
Press Release Credit: WVUSports.com
Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS