Biggers & Williamson Recognized as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans
TUCSON, Ariz. -- On Wednesday, the Navy baseball program had a pair of players earn recognition as members of the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team. Selected by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Zach Biggers (Walhalla, S.C.) and Jacob Williamson (Sims, N.C.) become just the ninth and tenth different players in Navy baseball history to earn such accolades.
After coming off the bench intermittently over the first three weeks of the season, Biggers fought his way into the starting lineup beginning on March 5 and never looked back as he started for the Mids at second base and occasionally in left field in 42 of his next 43 appearances. Over the final 80 percent of the season, Biggers was a consistent threat for Navy as the team's "second leadoff hitter" in the nine-hole of the batting order. While keeping his batting average above .300 for the entirety of the season, Biggers provided strong power numbers with 17 extra-base hits (10-2b, 3-3b, 4-HR) resulting in a .528 slugging percentage. Both his batting average (.331) and slugging percentages were second-best on the team. He augmented his power statistics with 37 runs scored, 22 RBIs, two stolen bases and a .981 fielding percentage over 44 total starts and 49 games played. In the Patriot League, Biggers ranked fourth in batting average, sixth in slugging percentage, tenth in runs scored.
Williamson, a fellow infield mate of Biggers, grasped a starting role for the Mids from Opening Day and was a staple of Navy's lineup throughout the 2017 season. Appearing in and starting 53 of the Mids' 54 games, Williamson provided quality offensive production in the second half of Navy's lineup and gold glove caliber defense at third base. At the plate, the North Carolina native hit .296 with a .444 slugging percentage courtesy of 18 extra-base hits (13-2b, 5-HR). Williamson scored 32 runs, drove in 25, stole four bases and fielded his position at a .926 clip. In the conference standings, he recorded the eighth-most doubles and 11th-most home runs.
These Freshmen All-America accolades give Navy honorees in each of the past two seasons as Noah Song garnered a nod in 2016.
All-Time List of Freshmen All-Americans from Navy Baseball
1998 -- Dave Self, SP
2000 -- Jake Miller, SS
2002 -- Pete Curnow, OF
2007 -- Drew Lydon, 3B
2008 -- Mike Guadagnini, 2B
2010 -- Ben Nelson, SP
2011 -- Taylor Cato, OF
2016 -- Noah Song, SP (Louisville Slugger & NCBWA)