June 8, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's Harold Earls concluded an outstanding rookie campaign last weekend, and on Wednesday the first-year infielder was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
It marks the second major postseason award for Earls, who was selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year last month. He becomes the first Army player to earn Freshmen All-America accolades since Zach Price (USMA '12) was honored by a pair of organizations following his standout 2009 season.
Earls led the Patriot League and listed among the nation's leaders with an Academy freshman record 23 stolen bases this spring. His 23 steals rank tied for seventh on the program's single-season ledger. The scrappy third baseman also ranked among the conference leaders in batting average (.341), base hits (61) and on-base percentage (.428).
A native of Cumming, Ga., Earls blasted eight doubles and one triple en route to a .397 slugging percentage. A starter in 53 of Army's 56 games, he finished his impressive opening season with 27 runs scored and 22 RBI.
Earls, who played an instrumental role in the Black Knights setting or tying 45 program records (team and individual) in 2012, is the fourth Army player to earn All-America recognition this season. Price was named a first-team Academic All-American, and Chris Rowley (second team) and Kevin McKague (third team) were both tabbed Louisville Slugger All-Americans.