Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Campbell, Cronin named All-Americans
Arkansas' Isaiah Campbell throws against Mississippi during the second inning of Game 1 at the NCAA college baseball super regional tournament Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2019, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
FAYETTEVILLE There wasn't room for Arkansas pitcher Isaiah Campbell on the All-Southeastern Conference teams, but All-America voters are finding space for the junior right hander.
Campbell and Arkansas closer Matt Cronin were named second-team All-America on Monday by Baseball America.
The recognition for Campbell comes following a dominant postseason in which he has allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 18 in 21 1/3 innings. It also comes following his selection by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of last week's MLB Draft.
After throwing five scoreless innings on a pitch count against Georgia at the SEC Tournament, Campbell has pitched deep into two NCAA Tournament games against TCU and Ole Miss.
Campbell threw a career-high 8 1/3 innings against the Rebels on Saturday. He faced 4 above the minimum, struck out 7 and allowed 2 runs - a solo home run in the first and ninth innings.
That performance followed up an 8-inning start against the Horned Frogs when Campbell allowed 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 8 batters.
Campbell (12-1) has lowered his season ERA to 2.26 during the postseason. He has 115 strikeouts and has issued 20 walks in 111 1/3 innings.
Campbell was one of several great SEC starters in 2019 - seven starters were semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award - but he did not make the all-conference team that is capped at four starters. Six SEC starters made Baseball America's three, more expansive All-America teams.
Cronin was named to the All-SEC team and is an All-American for the first time. The junior left hander has 12 saves this season and a 2.00 ERA in 27 innings. His .163 opponent batting average is the lowest on Arkansas' team.
Cronin was a fourth-round draft pick of the Washington Nationals last week.
Campbell and Cronin are the fourth set of Arkansas teammates to be named All-Americans under 17th-year Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn. Others to achieve the honor in the same season were pitchers Nick Schmidt and Jess Todd (2007), third baseman Zack Cox and pitcher/outfielder Brett Eibner (2010), and pitcher Blaine Knight and second baseman Carson Shaddy last season.
The Razorbacks have had 26 players earn All-America honors 31 times.
Tim Lollar, LHP/DH, 1978
Ronn Reynolds, C, 1979
Steve Kruger, LHP, 1980
Kevin McReynolds, OF, 1980-81
Jeff King, 3B, 1985-86
Mike Loggins, OF, 1985
Ralph Kraus, OF, 1986
Andy Skeels, C, 1987
Troy Eklund, OF, 1989
Greg D'Alexander, 3B, 1990
Phillip Stidham, RHP, 1990-91
Kenderick Moore, 2B, 1996
Ryan Lundquist, OF, 1997
David Walling, RHP, 1998-99
Charlie Isaacson, RHP, 1999
Nick Schmidt, LHP, 2006-07
Jess Todd, RHP, 2007
Zack Cox, 3B, 2010
Brett Eibner, RHP/OF, 2010
Matt Reynolds, 3B, 2012
Ryne Stanek, RHP, 2013
Andrew Benintendi, OF, 2015
Blaine Knight, RHP, 2018
Carson Shaddy, 2B, 2018
Isaiah Campbell, RHP, 2019
Matt Cronin, LHP, 2019
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