USC Beaufort shortstop Ashly Morris picked up two national honors Monday, as he was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America College Division Baseball First Team and received honorable mention for the NAIA All-America Baseball Team.
Morris, a recent USCB graduate from Savannah, is the first Sand Shark in any sport to earn first-team honors and the first USCB baseball player to be named an Academic All-American.
The CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America awards are the most prestigious awards that recognize student-athletes for their combined performance in their sport and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her current institution and be nominated.
Morris, who graduated in May with a degree in business administration with a concentration in management, carried a 3.33 GPA into his final semester at USCB.
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Morris was one of 68 players selected by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee, with 17 each making the first and second teams and 34 more earning honorable mention.
Morris enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign, hitting .390 and setting single-season school records for hits (87), runs (60), home runs (8), total bases (138), and RBIs (57) while leading USCB to a 33-21 overall mark and a fifth-place finish in the Sun Conference. He was named a first-team All-Sun Conference performer and finished runner-up in the Player of the Year voting. He also was named to the Sun Conference Gold Glove Team.