Williams, Norby earn D1Baseball All America honors

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Gavin Williams and Connor Norby (ECU Sports Information photo)

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina sophomore Connor Norby and junior Gavin Williams were both named D1Baseball First-Team All-Americans, the website announced Monday morning.

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The duo becomes the third and fourth Pirates in program history to be selected to six or more All-America teams in the same season joining Bryan Packard (seven/2018) and Jake Agnos (six/2019).

Norby, the 2021 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award winner, closed out the 2021 season batting .415 where he currently leads the nation in hits (102) before the start of the College World Series. Norby also ranks among the national leader’s top-15 in total bases (fifth/162), hits per game (sixth/1.67), batting average (eighth) and runs (12th/64). The Pirates triple crown winner, who led the club in home runs (15) and runs, also stood atop the team stat columns in multi-hit games (33), slugging percentage (.659), on-base percentage (.484) and stolen bases (18), while sharing the lead in doubles (15) with Zach Agnos.

The Kernersville, N.C. native collected at least one hit in 53 of 61 games and plated at least one run in 27 contests (multiple 12 times). He was named the American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year, First-Team All-AAC selection, NCBWA District Player-of-the-Year and was a First-Team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Regional pick. Norby also set the school record with a 56-game on-base streak that started in 2020 and ended at USF on May 21, 2021.

Williams, the American Pitcher-of-the-Year, has earned first-team All-America honors by the five publications after posting a 10-1 record in 15 appearances (12 starts). He led the league and team in ERA (1.88), hits allowed per 9 innings (6.31), Ks per 9 innings (14.39), strikeouts (130), wins (10) and WHIP (0.96). The Fayetteville, N.C. native allowed just 18 runs (17 earned) on 57 hits in 81.1 innings and closed out the regular season standing second on ECU’s single-season strikeout list. Williams fanned 10 or more batters in a game six times tying his career-high with 13 in the Nashville Super Regional opener.

The right-hander went unbeaten during league play posting a 7-0 ledger where he struck out 69 batters and walked just nine. He surrendered just eight runs (all earned) on 29 hits in 41.1 innings and sported a 1.74 ERA.

Norby’s 2021 Postseason Honors

  • American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year
  • Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Winner
  • District IV Player-of-the-Year
  • First-Team All-American Athletic Conference
  • American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team
  • First-Team All-East Region (ABCA)
  • First-Team All-America (ABCA, Baseball America, D1Baseball)
  • Second-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game)
  • All-Greenville Regional Team
  • Semifinalist for Dick Howser and Golden Spikes Award

Williams’ 2021 Postseason Honors

  • American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year
  • First-Team All-American Athletic Conference (unanimous)
  • First-Team All-East Region (ABCA)
  • First-Team All-America (ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game)
  • Semifinalist for Dick Howser and Golden Spikes Award

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