Texas infielder Kody Clemens is congratulated by assistant coach Sean Allen after hitting a home run against TCU at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on May 19, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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With All-American accolade, Texas standout Kody Clemens ascends into Longhorn lore

Posted May 31st, 2018

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Texas will head into the postseason with an All-American bat in its line-up.

On Thursday, Texas junior Kody Clemens earned a first-team spot on Collegiate Baseball’s 2018 Division I All-American baseball team. A second baseman, Clemens beat out UCLA’s Chase Strumpf, Navy’s Zach Biggers, Virginia’s Andy Weber and Coastal Carolina’s Cory Wood for those first-team honors.

Texas hasn’t had a first-team All-American on its roster since 2011. The last position player from UT to earn such an honor? Outfielder Kyle Russell in 2007. Clemens is also his family’s first All-American, which is an impressive feat when you consider that his father, Roger, has his number retired at Texas and his older brother, Kacy, was the Longhorns’ top offensive threat in 2017.

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Clemens leads Texas with his .341 batting average, 19 home runs, 61 RBIs and 53 runs scored. His .687 slugging percentage ranks 12th nationally. Last week, Clemens was named the Big 12’s Player of the Year.

Unable to pay the field for much of the 2017 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, Clemens has also been a defensive force this year. The Houston native has committed only four errors in 2018. Texas ranks fourth in the NCAA in double plays (63). Only 23 teams have bettered UT’s .977 fielding percentage.

“I’m honored to win the Big 12 award and to be an All-American — it’s unbelievable to know that I was able to do that,” Clemens said on Thursday. “It’s crazy to say that I’m an All-American. But all that’s going to get out of my mind real quick and this weekend is going to be my priority. I’m excited and I think the whole team is excited.”

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Texas (37-20) will host a NCAA regional this weekend. UT will open its postseason against Texas Southern (27-26) at 8 p.m. on Friday. Texas A&M (39-20) and Indiana (38-17) will also battle at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

UPDATE (3:24 p.m.): Clemens has also been named a first-team All-American by Baseball America.

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