Baseball: McCaskey selected Second-Team All-American


Jeff Helsel

Junior shortstop Jacob McCaskey (27) approaches home plate after hitting a grand slam home run vs. Clarion on March 9, 2021.

Matthew Kifer

California University of Pennsylvania junior standout Jacob McCaskey was chosen a Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) Second-Team All-American at utility/pitcher on Friday afternoon.

McCaskey established himself as a dynamic and versatile two-way player while starting all 41 games this spring. He set career highs and led the team in virtually every offensive category while totaling 20 starts at shortstop, eight at third base, six at second base, one at first base, plus four starts at pitcher and two at designated hitter. McCaskey is the program’s first D2CCA All-American since 2015, and third overall since the organization began recognizing All-America Teams in 2007.

A 6-foot-0 junior, McCaskey ranked among the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and Atlantic Region leaders with 10 homers and 48 RBI. He also finished the year with a .357 average (50-for-140), which was over 80 points higher than his career mark, plus recorded a .418 on-base percentage and a .664 slugging percentage.

McCaskey paced the team with 12 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games while splitting time between Nos. 3-5 in the lineup. He hit at a .373 clip (19-for-51) with runners in scoring position and collected 27 two-out RBI this spring. McCaskey also belted three grand slams in 2021 to become the first player in recent Cal U history with multiple grand slams in the same year.

On the mound, McCaskey finished with a 2-1 record and one save while making five appearances. He posted a 3.52 ERA over 23.0 innings pitched and recorded 32 strikeouts. McCaskey worked at least 4.0 innings in each of his starts and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in his lone relief appearance of the season. The Deer Lakes product recorded a career-high nine strikeouts twice, including in the complete-game victory against Gannon on the final day of the regular season. McCaskey allowed two earned runs or less in all but one of his appearances this spring.

McCaskey posted a .954 fielding percentage while splitting time all across the infield. He led the team with 87 assists and tallied 153 chances. McCaskey was involved in 18 double plays during the season, including a remarkable double play in the PSAC Tournament at Mercyhurst that was featured as the No. 1 play on SportsCenter Top 10 (May 13).

A three-year starter , McCaskey recently was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region Second-Team at shortstop after being tabbed to the All-PSAC West First-Team at the position two weeks ago.

McCaskey was one of only two players from the PSAC and the Atlantic Region featured on the three D2CCA All-America Teams.

The D2CCA All-America Teams are

nominated and selected by sports information directors in NCAA Division II.