TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Troy junior outfield Danny Collins has been named to the Louisville Slugger All-America First Team and senior third baseman Logan Pierce has been named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday.
Collins becomes the 16th first team All-American in Troy history and the first since Tyler Hannah in 2011. Troy has now had 10 players earn All-America honors since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2006 and 13 players have earned All-America honors during head coach Bobby Pierce’s 11-year career.
The pair were the only players from the Sun Belt Conference to earn Louisville Slugger All-America honors and just two of three from the state of Alabama.
Collins, a native of Niceville, Fla., was a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser and Golden Spikes Awards in addition to earning NCBWA and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors during the year.
He leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks eighth in the country with 67 RBIs in addition to ranking second in the league and seventh in the NCAA with 24 doubles. Collins leads the Sun Belt with 38 extra-base hits (24 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR) and is 23rd nationally with a .646 slugging percentage.
Collins enters the Tallahassee Regional batting at a .363 clip with a .455 on-base percentage and a 1.101 OPS. Collins is just six RBIs shy of tying Tom King’s Troy single-season record of 73 set in 2006.
Pierce leads the Trojans, and all players in the Tallahassee Regional, with a .373 batting average to go along with 23 doubles, a triple and eight home runs. The Troy, Ala., native ranks 20th in the country with a remarkable 62 RBIs considering he bats in the No. 2 slot in the lineup for the Trojans.
Pierce is 19th in the country in runs scored and 23rd with a .480 on-base percentage thanks in part to his 84 hits and 45 walks this season. He needs just two walks to become Troy’s all-time leader in the category as he enters play this weekend with 124 over his three-year career. Pierce can also set the Troy career doubles record if he can find the gap three times; his 54 career two-baggers rank just two behind Jeff Javinett for first place.
Collins, Pierce and the rest of the Trojans open play in the Tallahassee Regional on Friday at 11 a.m. when they square off against in-state rival Alabama in Dick Howser Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3.