Neuse Named Louisville Slugger All-American

Thursday, June 2nd 2016, 12:22 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma shortstop Sheldon Neuse continues to rake in the postseason awards as he was named a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News on Thursday. Neuse, who earned Freshman All-America in 2014, is the Sooners’ first All-American since Jonathan Gray and Matt Oberste in 2013.

A two-way player at shortstop and pitcher, Neuse earned the Second Team utility position. Only the second three-time unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection in league history, Neuse anchored the OU infield and hit third or clean-up in the Sooners lineup, while also serving as the team’s closer. He ranks in the top-100 of six offensive categories in the nation and his slash line ranks top-five in the Big 12. Neuse hit .369 with a .465 on-base percentage and league-leading .646 slugging percentage.

Neuse, who was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2014, drove in a career-best 48 runs and scored 42 to go with 15 doubles, five triples and 10 home runs, while adding 12 stolen bases. On the mound, he made a career-high 14 relief appearances. Neuse went 4-1 with five saves, a 1.40 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 19.1 innings as opponents hit just .148 off him.

He became the 40th player in program history to score 100 runs with 100 RBI in a Sooner career against Kansas State. Late in that series against the Wildcats, Neuse launched the 23rd home run of his career, which went for his 200th. He became the 18th player in OU history to reach the 200-hit mark in a career.

Neuse is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and John Olerud Award.