Entering the season, the WVU baseball team needed somebody to step up and be “The Guy.” First baseman Jackson Cramer comes to mind.
He posted a .280 batting average this year while racking up ten home runs. To add to those numbers, his .480 slugging percentage ranks third for the Mountaineers.
Cramer isn’t just great at the plate, his fielding is top-notch too; his .987 fielding percentage ranks third among players who’ve started 20 or more games for the ‘Eers this season.
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One of the most over looked statistics is on-base percentage, and Cramer excels at that as well. Posting a .387 on-base percentage is really good and routinely goes unnoticed by most (we all check batting average and home runs when first looking at numbers). Cramer posting a .387 is great for the team, essentially getting on base four out of ten at-bats.
Jackson’s production wasn’t as great as season’s past, but he still managed to earn an Honorable Mention on the All-Big 12 team.
One of his biggest performances of the year came in the home opener. After playing 18 straight games on the road to start the season, Cramer showed up as the leader coach Randy Mazey desperately needed.
Down by two in the ninth inning, a few errors by the Jacksonville infield paved the way for the WVU walk-off, but that doesn’t undermine what Cramer was about to do. Rising to the occasion, the senior blasted a bomb to center-right field for the game winning two-run walk off home run.
Throughout his career at West Virginia, Cramer was always a standout player and leader for the ‘Eers. He’s received three Big 12 Player of the Week honors, becoming the fifth player in conference history to win it three times in a single season; the remarkable part is that he did this last season – as a junior. He’s previously made two Big 12 teams, as well. Cramer is one of the best first baseman to ever step foot on the diamond for WVU, and the Mountaineer community wishes him the best of luck in his future.