By Jeff Owens/Photo by Allen Sharpe
Carlos Cortes continues to pick up postseason honors after his fabulous freshman season.
Cortes, who hit .286 with a team-high 12 home runs and 41 RBI in his first season at South Carolina, was named to the 2017 Perfect Game Freshman All-American Team. It's his second All-American honor after being named a Freshman All-American by the the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Cortes was previously named to the Freshman All-SEC team after hitting seven of his 12 home runs in conference play, including three in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. Cortes was South Carolina's top hitter in SEC play with a .327 average and 23 RBIs. He was seventh in the league with a .622 slugging percentage, tied for ninth in home runs and 13th in RBIs.
Cortes made headlines in Hoover when he homered in his first at-bat in the SEC Tournament against Vanderbilt. Two days later, he hit two three-run home runs in a 10-2 win over Missouri.
"The nation is getting to see what a gifted hitter Carlos Cortes is," former South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook said. "He's certainly a fun player to watch and one of the more gifted hitters I've ever had the pleasure to coach."