LYNCHBURG, Va. – After claiming Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-America honors last week, NC State’s Patrick Bailey and Reid Johnston have been tabbed National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-Americans, announced Monday by the organization.
Bailey garnered a spot on the first team, while Johnston claimed second team honors. The duo is the first to secure Freshman All-America accolades from the NCBWA since 2012 when Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon earned the award.
Brian Brown, the 2018 ACC Pitcher of the Year, was the most recent NC State player to achieve NCBWA Freshman All-America honors when he deserved the mention in 2015.
NC State was one of just seven schools to have two players garner a spot on the 32-man list and the only program from the ACC. The Wolfpack joins Arkansas, Auburn, FIU, Mercer, Minnesota and Stanford as the teams with two players.
Patrick Bailey | Greensboro, N.C. | C
ACC Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-ACC, All-Freshman Team, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
Bailey compiled a .321 batting average in his first season with the NC State baseball program to garner ACC Freshman of the Year, the first Wolfpack player to claim the honor since Carlos Rodon in 2012. His average led all ACC freshmen and was second on the team. He hit 13 home runs on the year to set the NC State record for home runs by a freshman and lead all freshmen in the conference. The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first NC State player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. Bailey led the Pack with a .604 slugging percentage, which was the third highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He tallied two multi-home run games this season and started 50 of the 54 games he played. Bailey logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. He also threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.
Reid Johnston | Enfield, N.C. | P
Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American, ACC All-Freshman Team
After starting the season as a relief pitcher for the Wolfpack, Johnston moved into NC State’s weekend rotation and excelled as the Friday night starter. He owned a perfect 7-0 record at the conclusion of the regular season, but was charged with his first loss in the postseason. He ended the season with a 7-1 mark to go along with a 3.06 earned run average (ERA). Johnston struck out 49 batters in 64.2 innings pitched and only walked 15 batters. He made 21 appearances, including 10 starts. Johnston nailed down four saves for the Pack coming out of the bullpen at the start of the season, prior to assuming his role as a starter. He turned in one of his best week’s of the season in April when he earned the win on the mound in NC State’s non-conference win against UNC-Chapel Hill and recorded his first ACC win at Duke with 6.2 innings, his longest outing of the year.