College of Charleston’s Clarke named NCBWA First-Team All-American

College of Charleston standout Taylor Clarke.

College of Charleston ace Taylor Clarke was named a National Collegiate Baseball Writer Association (NCBWA) First Team All-American, adding to his elaborate list of accolades accrued over his dominant season on the mound.

Clarke was one of the most prolific pitchers in the nation in 2015, and had been previously named a Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, a Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist, a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist and the CAA Pitcher of the Year.

The righty from Ashburn, Va., is tied for the national lead with 13 victories this season after amassing a 13-1 record in 16 starts.

He becomes the second Cougar all-time to be named to the NCBWA First Team All-America squad, and the first CofC pitcher to do so.

Clarke also was named as one of three finalists for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.

The Pitcher of the Year Award will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

Clarke is joined by Carson Fulmer from Vanderbilt and Tyler Jay from Illinois as the finalists.

The American Baseball Coaches Association released the 2015 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Region teams, and the College of Charleston led the Atlantic All-Region teams with five selections.

The College placed a pair on the First Team in second baseman Blake Butler and pitcher Taylor Clarke, while first baseman Nick Pappas, third baseman Carl Wise and pitcher Brandon Glazer were all named to the second team.

The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Division I All-America Committee. All-Region first-team selections are eligible for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors.