Gillaspie honored by the ABCA

Gillaspie (Courtesy: Wichita State)
Gillaspie (Courtesy: Wichita State)

WICHITA, Kansas - Wichita State baseball student-athlete Casey Gillaspie has been named a first team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He is the first Shocker to be named a first team All-American by the ABCA since Mike Pelfrey in 2005.

It is his fifth first team All-America honor of the 2014 season and he is the Shockers fifth consensus first team All-American in school history. He joins Joe Carter (1980), Phil Stephenson (1981 & 1982), Kennie Steenstra (1991) and Darren Dreifort (1992).

Gillaspie, a junior first baseman from Omaha, Neb., hit .389 with 50 runs, 82 hits, 15 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 50 RBI, 58 walks and eight stolen bases in 2014.

He earned Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors and was named first team all-Valley and to the Valley all-defense team at first base. He also earned first team All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game.

Gillaspie is currently first in the nation in walks, 17th in batting average, 43rd in hits, fifth in home runs, second in on base percentage, fourth in slugging percentage, and 11th in total bases.

He is the 55th Wichita State player to be named an All-American and the 26th to be named a first team All-American.

The Gillaspie’s became the second set of brothers to both be named All-Americans at Wichita State. Conor Gillaspie was an All-American for the Shockers in 2008 and Darren Dreifort was an All-American in 1992 and 1993, while Todd Dreifort was an All-American in 1992.

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