LYNCHBURG, Va. — FGCU second baseman Jake Noll has been named to the NCBWA 2014 Freshman All-America First Team on Monday afternoon, adding to the already impressive list of accolades that the young star as collected this year. Noll is also the Louisville Slugger National Freshman Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, A-Sun First Team selection and A-Sun All-Freshman Team member.
"This is just another tremendous honor for Jake," head coach Dave Tollett added. "His outstanding year for us continues to get well-deserved recognition at the national level and it says a lot about him and our program."
Noll (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) was brilliant during his freshman campaign serving as the catalyst at the top of the FGCU lineup. The Punta Gorda native became the first FGCU player in program history to earn Freshman of the Year honors from the A-Sun. He collected a program record 101 hits this season which ranks second in the nation behind the A-Sun Player of the Year, Max Pentecost while also stealing an A-Sun best and FGCU single-season record 25 bases. Noll broke the single-season hits record in the first inning of the A-Sun semifinal game against Lipscomb with his first and only triple of the season.
The Charlotte High School product built a team-best .367 batting average to go with 56 runs, 18 doubles and 29 RBI all while being the only Eagle to appear in all 61 games this season, which is also a single-season program record. The freshman also put together a 19-game hit streak which was the longest of any FGCU player in a season and since Josh Chester had a 24-game hit streak in 2009.
Noll burst onto the scene with six hits and three stolen bases in the season-opening series against Rhode Island. He then built a 12-game hit streak in the middle of the season that included six multi-hit performances and concluded the season with a team-best 30 multi-hit games, 10 three-hit games, a pair of four-hit games and was one of three Eagles to register a five-hit performance. Noll registered three stolen bases in a single game twice and swiped multiple bags in a game four times.
A total of 32 standout freshmen college baseball players from every part of the country are featured on the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American team.
The 2014 NCBWA Freshman All-America team features players from 17 leagues and six conference championship teams. The two All-American squads also are made up of 12 conference “Rookie of the Year” winners. In addition, 22 all-conference honorees were named to the team.
Five programs placed two players on the two teams, while 27 schools placed at least one player on the teams. Loyola Marymount and Miami, Fla., each placed two players on the first team, while Florida, LSU and Maryland each have two players listed on the teams.
The 2014 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 10.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.
The Eagles finished the season with a 39-22 record and their 19-8 mark in the A-Sun earned the program a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting Facebook.com/FGCUBaseball or by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.
NCBWA 2014 Freshman All-America Team
Pos. Name, School
C Zack Collins, Miami, Fla.
1B Ben Fisher, Eastern Kentucky
2B Jake Noll, FGCU
3B Andrew Knizner, NC State
SS David Fletcher, Loyola Marymount
OF Austin Miller, Loyola Marymount
OF Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF Heath Quinn, Samford
DH Casey Baker, Stony Brook
UT Alex Robles, Austin Peay
Pos. Name School
SP Bailey Ober, College of Charleston
SP Tyler Alexander, TCU
SP Mike Shawaryn, Maryland
RP Thomas Burrows, Alabama
RP Bryan Garcia, Miami, Fla.
RP Zach Plesac, Ball State
Pos. Name, School
C Aaron Barnett, Pepperdine
1B Alex Woinski, Lafayette
2B Brandon Lowe, Maryland
3B Garrett Chapman, Georgia Southern
SS Garrett Hampson, Long Beach State
OF Jake Fraley, LSU
OF Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF Matt Albanese, Bryant
DH Peter Alonso, Florida
UT Trenton Brooks, Nevada
Pos. Name School
SP Logan Shore, Florida
SP Chris Mourelle, FIU
SP Jared Poche’, LSU
RP Ian Hamilton, Washington State
RP Stephen Villines, Kansas
RP Marc Skinner, Troy