Valdosta Daily Times

June 7, 2013

Berrien’s Kal Simmons named Freshman All-American at KSU


Staff Reports

TUCSON, Ariz. — Kennesaw State freshman shortstop Kal Simmons has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team, it was announced on Wednesday by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Simmons helped turn over 50 double plays at shortstop this season, helping the Owls lead the A-Sun in that statistic.

Simmons, who also hauled in Atlantic Sun Conference All-First Team and unanimous All-Freshmen Team honors, was a staple at shortstop for Kennesaw State this season.

Simmons played and starting in 52 games while batting .289 with a fielding percentage of .929.

“Kal had a tremendous year for us,” said Kennesaw State head coach Mike Sansing. “He did a great job for the team both offensively and defensively. Shortstop is such a difficult position so for him to earn this honor is just a huge accolade for him and it shows what he did for us all season long.”

 The Nashville native, who led the Berrien Rebels to back-to-back Region 1-AA championships his junior and senior seasons (2011-12) was good for 54 hits in 187 at bats, including 11 doubles, and was among the leaders on the tem with 27 RBI.

 Simmons had 14 games with multiple hits and had a career-best 4-for-4 game against conference rival Mercer.

 Simmons was also top five on the team in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.289), slugging percentage (.348), RBI (27) and doubles (11), all while leading the Owls to a trip to the A-Sun Conference championship game.

“We saw a lot of teams this year and I wouldn’t trade Kal for anybody,” added Sansing. “It’s a well deserved recognition on his part.”

The freshman joins eight other A-Sun athletes on the prestigious list.