Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison continues to rack in the accolades as he was again recognized as a freshman All-American, this time by Baseball America.
Harrison can add that to an already decorated list of awards that includes Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, All-Conference First Team, American Baseball Coaches Association Western Region Second Team, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American First Team.
The Punahou grad and Kailua native finished his freshman campaign batting .309 with 25 extra base hits including 12 doubles, three triples and 10 home runs. Harrison also led the Pac-12 with 60 RBIs.
Harrison was set to spend the summer playing with Oregon State teammate and Iolani grad Christian Donahue, on the Corvallis Knights collegiate summer baseball team in the wood-bat West Coast League. Harrison appeared in two games June 16-17 where he batted a combined .444, going 4-for-9 with one run scored.
Harrison is now playing with the Team USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, competing in 17 games from June 20-July 8.
Team USA has already completed games against the Holly Spring Salamanders and the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League collegiate summer baseball league, and the Chinese Taipei collegiate national team. Other teams Team USA is scheduled to play are the Coastal Plain League Select team, Cuba, Canada and the USA Pan Am Games team.
Through three games, Harrison leads Team USA with a .416 batting average, going 5-for-12 with a double and two RBIs.
In the game against Chinese Taipei, Harrison got the start at catcher and gunned out three runners attempting to steal second base. He also accounted for Team USA’s only scored run of the game.
Harrison is the first Hawaii born player to wear the red, white and blue since Kolten Wong in 2009.