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OSU's McCain garners First-Team All-America honors

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Oklahoma State outfielder Garrett McCain has joined an elite list of Cowboy baseball greats with his selection to the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-American First Team.

With that honor, McCain becomes the 25th different player in OSU baseball history to earn first-team All-America status. The Cowboys have now had a first-team All-American in each of the last three years and four of the last five as McCain follows pitchers Brendan McCurry (2014), Michael Freeman (2015), Thomas Hatch (2016) in adding their names to that list.

McCain’s All-America selection by the ABCA/Rawlings marks the fourth different outlet to name him an All-American in 2017. He was also chosen for the Baseball America All-America Second Team, the Perfect Game/Rawlings All-America Second Team and the D1Baseball All-America Third Team.

McCain had a breakout junior season for the Cowboys in 2017 en route to his All-America and All-Big 12 First Team honors. He leads the Big 12 with a .388 batting average and is poised to become the first OSU player to lead the conference in hitting since 2008 and just the fourth all time.

A native of Wylie, Texas, McCain also leads the Big 12 in hits (87) and on-base percentage (.491) and ranks in the top five in the league in steals (19), total bases (123), runs (53), slugging percentage (.549) and triples (5). He was one of only two OSU players to start all 57 games in 2017, and he led the Pokes in 11 offensive categories.

Along with his all-conference and All-America honors, McCain was also a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, honoring college baseball’s breakout player of the year, and he captured Most Outstanding Player honors at the Big 12 Championship after leading the Cowboys to the tourney title and a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

McCain was a 10th-round selection of the Detroit Tigers in last week’s Major League Baseball Draft. In three seasons and 130 games at OSU, McCain recorded a .338 batting average to go along with 20 doubles and 62 RBIs, and he is 37-of-40 on stolen base attempts.

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