June 14, 2012

Michael Felton Named All-American by NCBWA

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell's Michael Felton has been named Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America on Wednesday.

"I'm so thrilled to hear that Mike is an All-American," said Campbell head coach Greg Goff. "What a great accomplishment for not only a great player, but a great man. He has set the standard high."

Felton, a junior second baseman, helped the Camels to a 23-3 start and 18-game winning streak, both marks the best in CU program history. The Tempe, Ariz. native was the nation's leader in hits (103) prior to the NCAA Tournament, and ranks fourth in batting average with a .424 clip.

Felton is Campbell's first ever Division I baseball All-American.

"He is always one of the first guys at practice and one of the last to leave, and I'm so happy for a guy that has put so much hard work into it to finally get something back from the game," added Goff. "I'm so proud of what he stands for and I'm honored to be his coach."

The Big South First Team All-Conference honoree finished the season as Campbell's all-time single season leader in hits (103), singles (87) and at-bats (243) after transferring from Gateway Community College.

He was named the league's Player of the Week on May 14 after pounding out 15 hits in five games. Felton had 35 multiple hit games in the regular season, including two four-hit games to lead the Camels to a series sweep over Radford. 

Felton was also named to the College Sports Madness First Team All-Big South team.

Felton led the Big South in batting average (.424) and hits, breaking the conference record with 103. He also ranked second in on-base percentage (.474) and total bases (124) in the league and tied for fourth in runs scored (52).

The Fighting Camels broke 10 single season team records in 2012, including a program-best 41 overall wins.

Campbell's return to the Big South Conference was highlighted by the club leading the league in hitting with a .314 batting average en route to a 15-9 second place regular season finish.

The complete NCBWA All-American teams can be seen on the NBCWA website.