August 16, 2013

Thompson, McQuown named Honorable Mention All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com and Louisville Slugger

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – A pair of Camels, Ryan Thompson and Ben McQuown, added to their list of 2013 postseason accolades Friday with both earning Honorable Mention All-American nods from CollegeBaseballInsider.com and Louisville Slugger.

Thompson, the Big South's 2013 Pitcher of the Year, was named Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Second Team and American Baseball Coaches Association Third Team All-American as a junior. The Turner, Ore. native also finished runner-up for CollegeBaseballInsider.com's Gregg Olson National Breakout Player of the Year Award and collected First Team All-Big South, Big South All-Tournament and NCCSIA First Team All-State accolades. The righty submariner was also added to the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.

He totaled a 9-1 record with a 0.88 ERA in 71.2 innings over 31 appearances, striking out 57 with 15 walks, surrendering only seven earned runs and six extra base hits while owning a streak of 29 1/3 innings without a run allowed from April 5 until May 18.

Thompson posted the lowest ERA in Campbell and Big South history leading the nation in the category, while tying the CU single-season saves record wins by a righthander marks. He helped Campbell set a team program and Big South record with a 2.63 ERA.

Before being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 30th round (911th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft, McQuown was named NCBWA Second Team and Baseball America Third Team All-American, also garnering First Team All-Big South NCCSIA First Team All-State. McQuown led the country while setting a school record with 54 steals as a senior in 2013. The speedy outfielder also set the Campbell career stolen bases mark with 81 in just two seasons, also tying for the career attempts mark with 93, totaling a .329 average, 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 30 RBI and 65 runs scored for the year.

McQuown finished his two year CU career with a .322 average, 140 hits, 17 doubles, five triple, five home runs, 67 RBI and 180 runs scored to go along with his 81 stolen bases, and helped Campbell set a school record with 130 team stolen bases in 2013.

The Camels finished 2013 49-10, winning the Big South's North Division Championship and runner-up in the league's championship game. A school record nine Camels were named All-Big South, with Thompson as the conference's Pitcher of the Year, and Greg Goff as the Coach of the Year.

Four Camels have racked up All-America accolades this season, led by McQuown (Baseball America, NCBWA) and Thompson (Louisville Slugger, ABCA), with two each. Brent Graham (College Sports Madness) and David Olson (CoSIDA Academic All-America) also earned national honors.

A record three Camels were named to the ABCA's Atlantic All-Region team, including Thompson and Michael Felton, who was named All-American as a junior in 2012, earning First Team accolades. Heath Bowers also picked up a Second Team nod.

Campbell has produced 90 wins over the past two years alone, notching the program's first two 40-win seasons.