Former Murrieta Mesa baseball standout, Andy Thomas (2016 graduate), who just wrapped his fifth and final season playing baseball at Baylor University, was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America third team, the organization announced last week.

Thomas finished the 2021 campaign hitting a career-best .337 to go along with a career-high 11 home runs and 60 RBI while starting all 51 games behind the plate for the Bears. His 60 RBI are the most for any Baylor player in a single season since 2012. The Murrieta native ended his Baylor career as a .327 hitter with 124 runs scored, 216 hits, 19 home runs and 141 RBI in 184 games played. Thomas has also been named to the All-Big 12 First Team, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 23rd Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2021.

Murrieta native, Andy Thomas, was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America third team for the Baylor Bears. Valley News/Baylor Baseball photo

Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Finalists: 
Henry Davis SO Louisville
Mat Nelson SO Florida State
Andy Thomas SR Baylor 

Other Baylor Collegiate Baseball All-Americans include:
1998 – Charley Carter, 1B (3rd Team), Jason Jennings, P/DH (3rd Team), Kip Wells, P (3rd Team).
1999 – Jason Jennings, P/DH (1st Team).
2000 – Zane Carlson, P (3rd Team), Chad Hawkins, P (3rd Team).
2001 – Kelly Shoppach, C (1st Team).
2012 – Josh Turley, P (2nd Team), Trent Blank, P (3rd Team), Josh Ludy, C (3rd Team), Logan Vick, OF (3rd Team).
2018 – Shea Langeliers, C (2nd Team), Cody Bradford, P (3rd Team).
2019 – Kyle Hill, P (1st Team), Davis Wendzel (3rd Team).
2021 – Andy Thomas, C (3rd Team).

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JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.