May 31, 2012
Two Conference USA players were named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-American team, it was announced by the publication on Thursday. Rice senior RHP Matthew Reckling, the C-USA Pitcher of the Year, was named a second team All-American, while Memphis senior 3B Jacob Wilson, the C-USA Player of the Year, earned third team recognition.
Reckling is a veteran who emerged as Rice's Friday night starter and helped the Owls to their No. 7 national ranking and C-USA regular-season title. He is tied for the league lead in victories with eight and also ranks among the C-USA leaders in ERA (seventh at 2.90) and strikeouts (second with 97). Reckling averages 10.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and has held all hitters to a composite .181 batting average on the season, lowest in the league. He was named C-USA Pitcher of the Week three times, more than any other player this season.
Wilson batted .320, leads the league in home runs (17), total bases (142) and slugging percentage (.615) and is second with 64 RBI. He tied for the team lead in doubles with 17, had 24 multiple-hit and 17 multiple-RBI games. Wilson, who had a league-best seven homers and 29 RBI in conference play, had a 10-game hitting streak and a 22-game streak of reaching base safely this season. Wilson closed his career second in program history with 187 RBI and second all-time with 168 runs scored.
Reckling will lead the Owls into this week's Houston Regional that Rice is hosting at Reckling Park. Wilson helped the Tigers reach the championship game of the C-USA Tournament, the Tigers first conference championship game appearance since winning the 1995 Great Midwest Conference crown.