Ballou, Blair make 1st team All-CUSA
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University outfielder Isaac Ballou and pitcher Aaron Blair were first team selections on the All-Conference USA baseball team.
Ballou is a senior outfielder from Smithfield, Va., who led Marshall in hitting (.328), hits (66), at-bats (201), runs (40), doubles (13), total bases (87), walks (37) and stolen bases (13 in 17 attempts).
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Thundering Herd center fielder ranked third in C-USA for on-base percentage (.438) and doubles; fourth in walks, runs and stolen bases; eighth in batting average; and ninth in hits.
He notched multiple hits in 18 of 53 games and had three hits in three games. From March 2 to April 20 he reached base in 28 consecutive games and put together a 13-game hitting streak.
His 129 career walks and 16 career triples are Marshall records.
Blair is a junior right-hander from Las Vegas, Nev.
The 6-5, 220-pound starter finished the season with a 5-5 record and 2.85 ERA. In 82.0 innings he struck out 84 while walking 36. He gave up 59 hits and 28 runs. He ranked fourth in C-USA in strikeouts looking (29), fourth in opposing batting average (.198), fifth in hits allowed and seventh in strikeouts.
Blair was the recipient of NCBWA National Pitcher and Louisville Slugger national pitcher of the week awards following an April 6 outing against No. 19 Houston. He allowed only two hits and fanned 11 in eight innings of a series-clinching victory.
He received C-USA pitcher of the week honors twice.
His 200 career strikeouts and 34 career starts are sixth and eighth respectively in Marshall records.
Marshall (20-34, 6-18 conference) finished last in the nine-team C-USA regular season and did not qualify for the tournament that begins Wednesday at Reckling Park in Houston.
Host Rice, the regular season champion, is the No. 1 seed.
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