June 15, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami outfielder Matt Honchel has been recognized again as a Freshman All-American, earning second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the organization announced recently. He was named to Collegiate Baseball's team on June 6.
The Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, Honchel posted a league-best .395 batting average with 92 hits in 233 at-bats. He currently stands 15th overall, and is the leading freshman, in the NCAA's national statistics rankings.
Honchel, a native of Harrodsburg, Ky., played in all 59 games for Miami, starting 57 of those between outfield and designated hitter positions. He hit safely in 49 contests, never going more than two consecutive games without a base-knock, and finished the year with a team-season best 16-game hitting streak. He registered multiple hits on 31 occasions, another team-best, highlighted by a trio of four-hit performances -- against Toledo twice (3/31 and 4/1) and at Kent State (5/12).
Honchel's hit total was the fourth-most in a single season at Miami, just four shy of the school record, and stands 17th in the country. Additionally, he ranks 15th in the country in the "Toughest to Strike Out" category, fanning once every 17.9 at-bats.
The last Freshman All-America selection at Miami was John Ely, currently at the Triple-A level in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, in 2005. The five others named to various teams were Ted Ward (1990), Chris Leonard (2000), Graham Taylor (2003) and Jeff Day and Keith Weiser in 2004.