Senior outfielder Matt Holland (Watkins, Iowa) has been named a Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced today. Holland is the first Islander in school history to earn Louisville Slugger All-America honors and joins Humberto Aguilar (Third Team, 2003) as the only players in Islanders lore to earn All-America distinction from any organization.
"We couldn't be more thrilled for Matt Holland to have earned this honor," head coach Scott Malone said. "As impressive as his performance on the field was this season, his presence as a leader and a model student-athlete were even more noteworthy. He is the perfect example of what an Islander should be, and we are glad that he was recognized for his record-setting season."
Just two years removed from an arm injury that ended his career as a pitcher, Holland worked hard in the weight room to bulk up to 210 pounds heading into his senior season, and the results were palpable. The lefty slugged 10 home runs, the eighth different player in school history to do so, and matched the school record with 20 doubles. His 149 total bases set a new school mark as well.
A First Team All-Southland Conference honoree, Holland was second in the league with his .391 average and 93 hits, while his 53 RBI were sixth in the conference. His .626 slugging percentage was the second highest of all Southland players and he finished seventh in the league with a .445 on-base percentage. He also scored 44 runs, stole seven bases, and posted a 16-game hitting streak at the end of the season.
Holland was one of three Southland players included on the Louisville Slugger All-America Teams. Texas State's Carson Smith was a second team selection at pitcher, while Stephen F. Austin's Bryson Myles was a third team honoree in the outfield.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi set school records for wins (37) and Southland Conference wins (19) in advancing to the final day of the SLC Tournament for the first time. The Islanders concluded the year having won 15 of their final 18 contests, and were over .500 from start to finish in the 2011 campaign.