LEXINGTON, Ky. — Western Kentucky University left-handed pitcher Austin Clay and outfielder David Simmons were each named to the 2012 Great Lakes League All-Star squad, the league announced on Friday.
Clay and Simmons, a pair of rising juniors in the WKU baseball program, were one of four Lexington Hustlers to earn a trip to the Great Lakes League All-Star Game, to be held on Wednesday, July 11 in Avon, Ohio. The collegiate summer league consists of 11 teams, including the Lexington Hustlers based out of Lexington, Ky.
Clay has picked up right where he left from the regular season with WKU, going a perfect 3-0 with the Hustlers, boasting a 2.82 ERA. Clay finished his sophomore campaign with WKU finishing with an even 4-4 record, tossing 74.0 innings in 11 starts in the Hilltopper rotation. Clay had arguably his best outing of 2012 in his final regular season start against Middle Tennessee, tossing six innings, giving up just one run on three hits, leading WKU to a 4-2 win.
Simmons has also had a superb summer, hitting .338 with two home runs, to go along with five doubles, a triple and 10 stolen bases. Simmons played in 50 games for the Hilltoppers in 2012, including 33 starts after seeing action in just 14 games with one start in 2011. Simmons hit .222 for WKU in 2012, but also came on strong down the stretch, hitting safely in five out of his last seven games of the season, including a three-hit performance against Eastern Kentucky on May 15.
Simmons and Clay are two of three Hilltoppers playing for the Hustlers this summer, as left-handed pitcher Ian Tompkins is also playing in Lexington, making a pair of starts, striking out 11 in 8.0 innings of work.