Papi Named Baseball America All-American

Mike Papi began the 2013 season on the Virginia baseball team's bench. He ended his sophomore year as an All-American.

Baseball America released its college baseball All-America teams on Wednesday, with Papi a first-team outfielder. Papi was the only Virginia player on the list.

Papi finished his sophomore season with a .381 batting average, with seven homers and 57 RBI. As of Wednesday, his .517 on-base percentage ranks second in the country. He was an All-ACC first team selection after leading the conference with a .406 batting average during the regular season.

Papi didn't enter the Cavaliers' everyday lineup until a month into the season, but finished the year as the team's leadoff hitter because of a hand injury to shortstop Branden Cogswell.

Papi is the first Virginia player to earn Baseball America first team All-American honors since Danny Hultzen in 2011. he's the fifth Cavalier all-time to earn first-team recognition from the publication.

Junior closer Kyle Crockett also earned All-American honors on Wednesday, being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's third team.

Crockett finished his junior season with a 4-1 record and a 1.70 ERA, striking out 68 and walking just six in 58 1/3 innings. He set a school record with saves in five consecutive games earlier this season, and finished with 12 saves on the year.

Crockett was taken by the Cleveland Indians in Round 4 of the major league draft last week.

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