Clarksville, Ark. - Shortstop Cory Briggs capped an impressive sophomore campaign by being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA III All-America Second Team, it was announced by NCAA West Region All-American Chairman Mike Rizzo.
Briggs becomes the first Ozarks’ player to ever earn All-America honors from the ABCA. The 6-foot, 200-pound Greencastle, Pa., product was among the top hitters in NCAA III, finishing in the top 30 in five major categories. He was 11th in hits (79), 15th in batting (.467), 19th in total bases (124), 24th in doubles (19) and 30th in runs (56). The ASC Player of the Year candidate won the league batting title and ranked in the top ten in the ASC in eight offensive categories. He was second in hits, third in doubles and on-base percentage (.513), fifth in runs, sixth in RBI (54) and total bases, and seventh in slugging percentage (.734).
His average, hit, total bases and doubles totals are new single-season school records. Briggs hit safely in 40 of 42 games this season, with a team-best 26 multiple-hit games. He was especially strong in Ozarks 18 conference games, averaging nearly two hits (1.9) and two RBI (1.6) per game.
He was named ASC All-East Division First Team this season and was Hitter of the Week April 21.
He is a graduate of Greencastle-Antrim, where he was the Mid-Penn Capital Division Player of the Year in 2006.