June 21, 2012. Appalachian State University’s Daniel Kassouf (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) received another first-team all-America honor on Wednesday when the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) bestowed Appalachian’s senior designated hitter with the recognition.
Kassouf, just Appalachian State’s second first-team all-American since the Mountaineers joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1972, was also tabbed as a first-team honoree by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association last week. He joins Randy Ingle (1979) as Appalachian’s only first-team all-Americans since it joined to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1972. Overall, he is the 15th all-American in program history and the 10th in the school’s NCAA era.
Kassouf was one of the nation’s top power hitters in 2012, ranking 10th nationally with a school-record 17 home runs, 11th with a Southern Conference-leading 66 RBI and 16th with 148 total bases. He also finished with a gaudy .339 batting average and made a serious run at the SoCon triple crown, leading the league in all three triple-crown categories (batting average, home runs and RBI) as late as April 21. Spread out over the course of a 162-game Major League Baseball season, Kassouf’s power numbers would translate to 47 home runs and 181 RBI.
The all-America recognition highlights a long list of postseason accolades for the 6-1, 230-pound senior. Earlier this month, Kassouf became the first SoCon Player ever selected by the NCBWA as its District IV Player of the Year, honoring the best player in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He was also one of 35 semifinalists for the NCBWA’s Dick Howser Trophy (National Player of the Year), one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball’s top amateur player) and a first-team all-conference honoree by the SoCon’s coaches and media.
The ABCA also announced its all-region teams on Wednesday with four Mountaineers receiving all-Atlantic Region recognition. Kassouf was a first-team honoree while starting pitcher Ryan Arrowood (Rutherfordton, N.C./R-S Central), shortstop Will Callaway (Greenville, S.C./Eastside) and outfielder Tyler Tewell (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) earned second-team plaudits.