COLUMBIA - South Carolina pitcher Wil Crowe received freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday morning.
Crowe pitched well beyond his years in his first season with the Gamecocks. The hard-throwing right hander finished with an 8-3 record and 2.75 ERA in 91.2 innings pitched stretched over 15 starts. He struck out 59 batters and walked 19.
The freshman saved his best performance for last. The first complete game shutout of his career came Sunday afternoon in a 9-0 win over Campbell at the NCAA Columbia Regional.
With South Carolina playing in the loser's bracket, it needed Crowe to go deep in that game. For his effort, Crowe was named to the all-NCAA Columbia Regional team.
"It was an incredible performance by Wil," South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said after the game Sunday. "That was no doubt the story of this game. He was as efficient as I've seen him since he's been here with his command - fastball, breaking ball, changeup. He was in total control out there. It was a masterful performance by him to go nine innings. We obviously needed that under the circumstances that we're under, coming out of the loser's bracket. It as an incredible performance by him to give us a better opportunity in the game tonight because we obviously got to rest our bullpen."
During the season, Crowe received two honors from the SEC. He was named SEC Pitcher of the Week and SEC Freshman of the Week. Both honors came in the nonconference portion of the season.