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Hill Earns Freshman All-America Honors

June 8, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University right fielder Darius Hill has been named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The 15th Mountaineer in team history to earn All-America accolades, Hill is the fifth to earn freshman team honors. It is the second postseason award for Hill, who also was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.

“This is a great honor for Darius, and I’m really proud of what he did all season,” said WVU coach Randy Mazey. “He was one of many freshmen who played a big role for us this year, and I’m glad to see him rewarded for that. Coming in and having a lot of success at this level as a freshman isn’t easy, but Darius was very consistent all year, and it paid off. I’m really happy for him.”

Hill is coming off a stellar first season at WVU. He led the team with 75 hits, 20 doubles and four triples and was second on the team with a .342 batting average, a .511 slugging percentage, a .420 on-base percentage, 32 walks and 49 runs scored. Hill’s 40 RBIs were third on the team while he added three home runs and six stolen bases.

Hill’s .342 average was ninth in the Big 12 and second among the league’s freshmen. He led the conference in doubles and was tied for fourth in hits, ranking second among Big 12 freshmen. Hill was tied for fifth in triples and tied for sixth in runs scored and was sixth with 112 total bases.

The Dallas native started all 58 games for the Mountaineers, all but one of them in right field.

Hill is the third Mountaineer to garner freshman All-America honors in the last two years. Last year, Kyle Davis and BJ Myers were both named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team. Davis earned a total of five freshman All-America awards. Prior to last year, WVU’s last freshman All-American came in 2008, when Jedd Gyorko was recognized on three teams.

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