Drumheller ties NCAA record

App State second baseman Luke Drumheller earned Freshman All-American honors.

BOONE — Appalachian State second baseman Luke Drumheller has received another prestigious national accolade.

Drumheller, who hit .337 with a team-leading 37 RBIs and 15 doubles in his first college season, was named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American Team on June 5.

Drumheller is the fifth App State player to be a Freshman All-American, joining Hector Crespo (2010), Jamie Nunn (2012), Jaylin Davis (2013) and Tanner Mann-Fix (2016). Collegiate Baseball’s 2019 team, powered by Diamond, included two other Sun Belt Conference players.

A left-handed-hitting freshman from Olympic High School in Charlotte, Drumheller started in 50 of his 51 appearances, had 21 multi-hit games and earned an invitation to play this summer for the Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen of the Cape Cod League, which begins its schedule Monday.

He tied an NCAA record while breaking school/league records against Furman on March 10 with a five-double game, which was voted the national Performance of the Week by the Golden Spikes Award.

Drumheller led the Sun Belt in hitting and ranked in the top five nationally among Division I freshmen for most of the year, as his average stood at .379 at the end of April. His average peaked at .468 following the record-setting Furman win 13 games into the season and was still at .400 after 29 games. In addition to his 15 doubles, he had two home runs and a team-best .401 on-base percentage.

Drumheller also came through in the clutch, as he delivered a two-run single in the ninth inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into a one-run lead in a 6-5 road win against Louisiana one night after scoring the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning of a 6-5 victory to open that important Sun Belt series.

With series wins against the two Louisiana schools, a home sweep of then-first-place UTA and an 18-6 win at Coastal Carolina, the Mountaineers posted a program-record 13 Sun Belt victories and appeared in the Sun Belt Championship tournament for the first time.

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