June 11, 2014
EAST LANSING - Michigan State's Blaise Salter has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America Team, it was announced by the organization on Wednesday, June 11. Salter was voted to the third team as a designated hitter.
Additionally, Salter was voted to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region Second Team, also announced on Tuesday.
"It's definitely an honor to be included in this group," said Salter. "It's great to be recognized and I want to thank the coaches and my teammates as they're the ones that made it possible."
Salter was one of the Big Ten's most feared offensive threats in 2014 as the designated hitter was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. He ranked first in the Big Ten in doubles (22), third in RBIs (50), fourth in slugging percentage (.484), fifth in total bases (107) and tied for sixth in home runs (five).
The native of Bloomfield Hills was voted the winner of the team's John Kobs Most Valuable Player and Kirk Gibson Offensive Player of the Year awards.
Salter ranked in the top-10 nationally in doubles nearly all season, and his conference-leading 22 also tied Chris McCuiston (2002) for the highest single-season total in program history. His 42-career doubles are tied with Matt Riggins (1993-96) for the fifth-most in school history - five short of Scott Ayotte's (1992-95) program-best 47.
Salter, who will be a senior this fall, had at least one hit in 44 of 57 games this past season. He posted a career-long 12-game hitting streak that came to an end March 9 vs. TCU. The day prior, Salter belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning of the first game of the series to lift MSU to a 2-1 victory over No. 21 TCU.
With 70 hits this season and 62 in 2013, Salter became the sixth player during head coach Jake Boss' tenure to record consecutive 60-plus hit seasons.
Salter's 22 multi-hit games are the most by a Spartan since Jordan Keur had 31 in 2012, while is 15 multi-RBI games are the most since Torsten Boss' 19 in 2011.
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