Jake Noll Named 2014 Perfect Game Freshman All-American
FGCU second baseman Jake Noll has been named to the 2014 Perfect Game Freshman All-America Second Team on Friday, adding to the already impressive list of accolades that the young star as collected this year. Noll is also the Louisville Slugger National Freshman Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, an NCBWA 2014 Freshman All-America First Team selection, Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, A-Sun First Team selection and A-Sun All-Freshman Team member.
“This is just more great recognition for the great year Jake had,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “He worked very hard to get to where he is today and he has a bright future in our program.”
Noll (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) was brilliant during his freshman campaign serving as the catalyst at the top of the FGCU lineup. The Punta Gorda native became the first FGCU player in program history to earn Freshman of the Year honors from the A-Sun. He collected a program record 101 hits this season which ranks second in the nation behind the A-Sun Player of the Year, Max Pentecost while also stealing an A-Sun best and FGCU single-season record 25 bases. Noll broke the single-season hits record in the first inning of the A-Sun semifinal game against Lipscomb with his first and only triple of the season.
The Charlotte High School product built a team-best .367 batting average to go with 56 runs, 18 doubles and 29 RBI all while being the only Eagle to appear in all 61 games this season, which is also a single-season program record. The freshman also put together a 19-game hit streak which was the longest of any FGCU player in a season and since Josh Chester had a 24-game hit streak in 2009.
Noll burst onto the scene with six hits and three stolen bases in the season-opening series against Rhode Island. He then built a 12-game hit streak in the middle of the season that included six multi-hit performances and concluded the season with a team-best 30 multi-hit games, 10 three-hit games, a pair of four-hit games and was one of three Eagles to register a five-hit performance. Noll registered three stolen bases in a single game twice and swiped multiple bags in a game four times.
The Eagles finished the season with a 39-22 record and their 19-8 mark in the A-Sun earned the program a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting Facebook.com/FGCUBaseball or by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.