Oklahoma State junior first baseman Zach Johnson has been named a 2011 Louisville Slugger All-American, it was announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
The Cowboy slugger was named to the All-America Third Team and becomes OSU’s first All-American since Andrew Oliver in 2008. The Louisville Slugger All-Americans are selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball.
Johnson established himself as one of the top sluggers in the Big 12 Conference in 2011 en route to Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
A native of San Ramon, Calif., who came to Stillwater after two seasons at Ohlone Junior College, Johnson leads the Big 12 in home runs (13), s (62), total bases (140) and slugging percentage (.642). He also ranks in the top five in the conference in batting average (.358), hits (72), runs (51) and doubles (21).
Johnson has started 57 games at first base for the Cowboys and has hit safely in 49 of those contests. He opened the season with a 16-game hitting streak, the longest by an player this season.
Johnson leads the club with 16 multi- games, including six games in which he drove in four or more runs. On April 29, he became the first Cowboy since 2003 to hit for the cycle when he achieved the feat against Kansas State.