Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
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- For Immediate
Release: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
SLUGGER'S" FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL TEAM
- TUCSON, Ariz. The 2008 Louisville
Slugger Freshmen All-Americans feature a wealth of baseball talent. The team
is headed by Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Freshman Pitcher
of The Year LHP Chris Hernandez of the University of Miami (Fla.) and
Freshman Player of The Year OF Ryan Lockwood of South Florida.
- Here is a rundown on the 2008 Louisville
Slugger Freshmen All-Americans as chosen by Collegiate Baseball.
- Starting Pitchers
- LHP Chris Hernandez, Miami (Fla.)
A first team Atlantic Coast Conference pick and Louisville Slugger first
team All-American, Hernandez had a monster season in being named
Collegiate Baseballs Freshman Pitcher of The Year. He posted an 11-0
record through regional action with a 2.55 ERA as he fanned 105 batters with
only 15 walks. He also was named Freshman of The Year in the ACC.
- LHP Shane Davis, Canisius A
first team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference pick, Davis was named MAAC
Pitcher of The Year and Rookie of The Year after posting a 12-1 record, and
2.42 ERA with 10 complete games. He also was a Louisville Slugger third team
All-American for his remarkable season.
- RHP Seth Maness, East Carolina A
first team Conference USA selection, Maness posted a 9-1 record, 2.87 ERA
and struck out 77 batters with 18 walks in 91 innings. He was a third team
Louisville Slugger All-American and also was named Freshman of The Year in
- RHP Sam Dyson, South Carolina
Dyson posted an 8-0 record and 4.09 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 50 2/3
innings. Dyson's 8-0 record ties him for the third best undefeated
single-season record in Gamecock history.
- LHP Mario Hollands, U.C. Santa Barbara
Named Freshman of The Year in the Big West Conference, Hollands posted
a 7-3 record, 4.03 ERA and fanned 61 batters.
- LHP Matt Lujan, San Francisco A
first team West Coast Conference selection, Lujan was 6-2 with a 3.41 ERA as
he fanned 37 batters.
- RHP Brian Stroud, Western Michigan
A first team Mid-American Conference pick and Freshman of The Year in
the league, Stroud posted a 6-0 record and 4.09 ERA.
- RHP Chance Ruffin, Texas Named
Freshman of The Year in the Big 12 Conference and a second team league pick,
Ruffin posted a 7-3 record, 1.84 ERA and posted 2 saves with 61 strikeouts
and only 19 walks.
- RHP Chris Haney, Dallas Baptist
Haney posted a 6-2 record and 1.95 ERA with 2 saves, 37 strikeouts and 15
- LHP Cameron Roth, N.C. Wilmington
Named Rookie of The Year in the Colonial Conference, Roth was 5-1 with a
1.29 ERA late in the season with 4 saves, 30 strikeouts and only 9 walks.
- LHP Dan Forman, Manhattan Forman
posted a 6-3 record with a 4.40 ERA with 1 save and 61 strikeouts.
- LHP Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi
Pomeranz was 4-1 with a 3.42 ERA as he fanned 60 batters with 22 walks.
- LHP Grant Dayton, Auburn Named
to the All-Freshmen team in the Southeastern Conference, Dayton was 6-1 with
a 3.94 ERA. He also recorded 1 save with 54 strikeouts.
- RHP Drew Permison, Towson
Permison posted a 6-0 record with 1 save, 23 strikeouts and 12 walks.
- LHP Eric Jokisch, Northwestern
Named Freshman of The Year in the Big Ten Conference, Yokisch posted 8-2
record, 4.17 ERA and 4 complete game in 73 1/3 innings of work.
- RHP Justin Kraft, Centenary
Kraft put together an 8-2 record with a 3.58 ERA, 46 strikeouts and 21
- RHP Kevin Miller, California An
Honorable Mention pick in the Pac-10, Miller was 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA and
posted 61 strikeouts and 32 walks.
- RHP Sean Hoelscher, Texas Christian
A second team Mountain West Conference selection, Hoelscher posted a 6-2
record, 3.65 ERA and 49 strikeouts with 19 walks.
- RHP Chase Dempsay, Houston Named
to the All-Freshmen team for Conference USA, Dempsay posted a 5-1 record,
1.75 ERA with 8 saves. He also fanned 40 batters with 15 walks.
- RHP Matt Harvey, North Carolina
Harvey recorded a 6-2 record, 2.13 ERA and fanned 51 batters with 29 walks.
- RHP Colin Bates, North Carolina
Bates posted a 4-0 record with a 1.41 ERA. He fanned 44 batters with 9
- RHP Dean Wolosiansky, Ohio St.
The Ohio St. pitcher posted a 6-2 record, 2.84 ERA and fanned 32 batters
with 18 walks.
- RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech.
McGuire recorded a 7-0 record with a 3.69 ERA along with 43 strikeouts and
- RHP Joe Yermal, N.C. Charlotte A
second team Atlantic 10 selection, Yermal posted a 7-1 record, 3.39 ERA with
36 strikeouts and 16 walks.
- RHP Daniel Renken, Cal. St. Fullerton
Renken posted a 5-5 record with a 4.11 ERA and fanned 80 batters with
22 walks in 81 innings of work for the Titans.
- RHP Kyle Blair, San Diego An
All-Freshmen team pick in the West Coast Conference, Blair posted a 6-3
record, 3.86 ERA and fanned 84 batters with 29 walks.
- RHP Stephen Harrold, N.C. Wilmington
Named to the All-Rookie team in the Colonial Conference, Harrold posted
5 saves, a 3-2 record and a 2.89 ERA.
- RHP Thain Simon, Santa Clara
Named a first team West Coast Conference pick along with being named
Freshman of The Year in the league, he posted 9 wins with 71 strikeouts and
a 2.59 ERA.
- RHP Todd McInnis, Southern Mississippi
Named to the All-Freshman team in Conference USA, McInnis posted a 6-2
record, 5.01 ERA and fanned 66 batters with 29 walks.
- RHP Drew Storen, Stanford A
first team Pac-10 selection, Storen posted 6 saves, 4-3 record and 2.90 ERA
as he fanned 44 batters with 13 walks.
- Relief Pitchers
- Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon St. An
Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 pick, Rhoderick recorded 9 saves and a 2.79 ERA
with 25 strikeouts.
- Tom Girdwood, Elon Named
Freshman of The Year in the Southern Conference, Girdwood posted 9 saves,
5-1 record and a 2.78 ERA.
- Thomas Rooke, Kansas St. Rooke
posted a 5-1 record, 1.15 ERA and 24 strikeouts with 9 walks.
- Boone Whiting, Centenary A first
team Summit League selection, Whiting posted 5 saves with a 1.54 ERA and 27
- Kevin Munson, James Madison
Named to the All-Rookie team in the Colonial Conference, Munson posted 4
saves with a 0.87 ERA.
- Rafael Neda, New Mexico Named
Freshman of The Year in the Mountain West Conference and a second team
All-Mountain West pick, Neda hit .321 with 6 homers, 14 doubles, 2 triples
and knocked in 39 runs.
- Cameron Rupp, Texas Rupp belted
16 doubles, 4 homers and batted .311 with 30 RBIs for the Longhorns.
- C/1B Frazier Hall, Southern Hall
hit .393 with 3 homers, 9 doubles and 33 RBI.
- First Basemen
- Hunter Morris, Auburn A second
team Southeastern Conference pick and Freshman of The Year in the SEC,
Morris hit safely in 44 of 54 games for the Tigers. He recorded 10 homers,
11 doubles and batted .360 with 40 RBI.
- Jaren Matthews, Rutgers A third
team Big East Conference selection, Matthews belted 10 homers, 11 doubles
and knocked in 54 runs as he hit .294.
- Kevin McKague, Army A second
team Patriot League pick, he hit .328 with 3 homers, 19 doubles and 50 RBIs.
- Paul Hoilman, East Tennessee St.
Named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team, Hoilman hit .353 with 9 homers,
16 doubles and knocked in 42 runs.
- Wes Patterson, Tennessee-Martin
An All-Freshman pick in the Ohio Valley Conference, Patterson hit 10 homers
with 29 RBI as he hit .297.
- Trey Hernandez, Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi Hernandez hit .344 with 8 homers, 12 doubles and 43 RBIs.
Danny Stienstra, San Jose St.
In 51 games, Stienstra hit .365 with 1 homer, 7 doubles and 32 RBIs. On
defense, he committed only one error in 359 chances.
- Second Basemen
- Josh Adams, Florida A first team
Southeastern Conference selection, Adams hit .355 with 7 homers, 17 doubles,
1 triple and 42 RBIs.
- Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia Named
Rookie of The Year in the Big East Conference, Gyorko hit .411 with 7 homers
and 57 RBI. He posted a 21-game hitting streak during the season.
- Corey Shaylor, N.C. Charlotte A
second Team Atlantic 10 pick, Shaylor hit .373 with 2 homers, 7 doubles and
34 RBI. He only struck out 15 times in 158 at bats. Shaylor was also named
Rookie of The Year in the Atlantic 10.
- Thomas Belza, Oklahoma St. A
second team Big 12 Conference selection, Belza hit .402 with 6 doubles, 2
triples, 1 homer and 19 RBI.
- Chad Marshall, Stony Brook A
second America East selection, Marshall hit .329 with 6 doubles, 1 triple
and 20 RBI.
- Clint Moore, Army A first team
Patriot League selection and Rookie of The Year in the league, Moore hit
.350 with 6 homers, 14 doubles, 2 triples and 39 RBI with 14 stolen bases.
- Blake Kelso, Houston A member of
the All-Freshmen Conference USA team, he hit .316 with 14 doubles, 3 homers
34 RBIs and swiped 14 bases.
- Chris Wade, Kentucky Wade hit
.322 with 19 doubles, 4 homers and 42 RBI.
- Christian Colon, Cal. St. Fullerton
An Honorable Mention Big West selection, Colon hit .335 with 4 homers,
12 doubles and 49 RBIs. He also swiped 12 of 16 bases.
- Derek Dietrich, Georgia Tech. A
second team Atlantic Coast Conference pick, Dietrich hit .339 with 14
homers, 13 doubles, 1 triple and 56 RBI.
- Josh Rutledge, Alabama An
All-SEC Freshmen Team selection, Rutledge hit .389 with 6 doubles, 2 triples
and 23 RBI.
- Kevin Tokarski, Illinois St.
Named Freshman off The Year in the Missouri Valley Conference, Tokarski hit
.324 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 15 RBIs and swiped 32 bases.
- Matt Duffy, Vermont Named to the
All-Rookie Team in the America East Conference, Duffy hit .313 with 16
doubles, 3 homers and 26 RBI.
- Mike Olt, Connecticut Olt hit
.314 with 9 homers, 10 doubles and 42 RBI. He also swiped 16 bases.
- Rick Hague, Rice Named to the
All-Freshmen Conference USA Team, Hague hit .331 with 7 homers, 14 doubles
and 41 RBI.
- Riley Henricks, Portland A first
team West Coast Conference pick, Henricks hit .343 with 8 homers, 15 doubles
and 25 RBI.
- Taylor Black, Charleston Southern
Black hit .344 with 5 homers, 16 doubles and 31 RBI.
- Third Basemen
- Matt Pace, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Named Freshman of The Year in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Pace hit
.369 with 5 homers, 23 doubles and 40 RBI.
- Robert Crews, Stetson Freshman
off The Year in the Atlantic Sun and a second team Atlantic Sun selection,
Crews hit .367 with 6 homers and 10 stolen bases.
- Ryan Pineda, Cal. St. Northridge
Named Freshman of The Year in the Big West Conference, Pineda hit .325 with
17 doubles and 32 RBIs. He also was an Honorable Mention Big West selection.
- Ryan Terry, Monmouth Named
Rookie of The Year in the Northeast Conference and a second team
All-Conference pick, Terry hit .342 with 5 homers, 10 doubles and 26 RBI.
- Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina
A first team Big South Conference pick who was named Freshman off The Year
in the league, Woodward hit .352 with 35 stolen bases, 42 walks and 64 runs
scored. He also was hit by pitches 25 times.
- Rob Segedin, Tulane A second
team Conference USA selection, Segedin hit .359 with 6 homers, 18 doubles
and 56 RBI.
- Jayson Langfels, Eastern Kentucky
A member of the All-Freshmen Ohio Valley team, Langfels hit .304 with 4
homers, 10 doubles and 37 RBI.
- Mason Heyne, Rider Heyne hit
.344 with 5 homers, 14 doubles and 34 RBI.
- Stuart Tapley, Florida St.
Tapley hit .366 with 8 doubles, 3 homers and 17 RBIs for the Seminoles.
- Ryan Lockwood, South Florida A
first team Big East selection, Lockwood was also named Collegiate
Baseballs Freshman Player of The Year after hitting .415 with 15
doubles, 37 RBIs and stealing 12 of 16 bases. He also had a 30-game hitting
streak. He was the first freshman in Big East history to lead the league in
batting average (.454) with conference games only factored in.
- Ben Klafczynski, Kent St.
Klafczynski hit .339 with 11 homers, 11 doubles and 35 RBI. He also was
fourth in the Mid-American Conference with a .630 slugging percentage.
- Brian Fletcher, Auburn Fletcher,
a member of the All-Freshmen Southeastern Conference team, hit .306 with 6
homers, 11 doubles, 3 triples and 28 RBIs.
- Casey McMurray, Illinois
McMurray hit .331 with 10 doubles, 21 RBI and swiped 4 bases.
- Connor Bernatz, San Francisco
Named to the All-Freshmen West Coast Conference team, Bernatz hit .373 with
10 doubles, 2 homers and 26 RBI.
- Dan Grovatt, Virginia Grovatt
hit .354 with 18 doubles, 3 homers, 1 triple and 39 RBI.
- Greg Wallace, Evansville Wallace
hit .322 with 16 doubles, 2 homers and 28 RBI.
- Jake Williams, Wofford Williams
hit .359 with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 33 RBI.
- Joe Winker, Mercer A second team
Atlantic Sun Conference pick, Winker hit .350 with 4 homers, 12 doubles, 2
triples and 28 RBI.
- Gary Brown, Cal. St. Fullerton
Brown swiped 24 of 27 bases for the Titans and hit .289 with 5 homers, 7
doubles and knocked in 27 runs.
- Reese Wade, Furman Wade hit .401
with 9 doubles and 25 RBIs in 49 games.
- Steve Antolik, Charleston Southern
Antolik hit .350 with 9 homers, 11 doubles and 32 RBI.
- Kentrail Davis, Tennessee A
second team SEC selection, Davis hit .343 with 11 homers, 6 doubles, 3
triples and 42 RBIs.
- Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington
Named Freshman off The Year in the Southland Conference and a second team
league pick, Choice hit .376 with 71 hits, 50 RBI and 39 runs.
- Nick Cox, Columbia Named Rookie
of The Year in the Ivy League and a second team Ivy League pick, Cox hit
.375 with 11 stolen bases as he registered a .558 slugging percentage.
- Nick Longmire, Pacific An
Honorable Mention Big West pick, Longmire hit .333 with 8 doubles, 3 homers
and 28 RBI. He also swiped 9 bases.
- Nick Pulsonetti, Monmouth A
first team Northeast Conference pick, Pulsonetti hit .367 with 7 homers, 8
doubles, 2 triples and 32 RBI.
- Steve McGuiggan, Illinois-Chicago
A second team Horizon League selection, McGuiggan hit .373 with 3
homers, 9 doubles, 4 triples and 30 RBI.
- Stewart IJames, Louisville A
third team Big East selection, IJames hit .346 with 7 homers, 10 doubles and
- Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville St.
Named Rookie of The Year in the Ohio Valley Conference, Cunningham hit
.343 with 1 homer, 14 doubles and 29 RBIs.
Cass Hargis, Southeastern Louisiana
An Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference pick, Hargis hit
.333 with 5 homers, 15 doubles, 3 triples and 45 RBIs.
- Designated Hitters
- Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee A
second team Sun Belt selection who was named Freshman of The Year in the
league, Brentz hit .331 with 13 homers, 9 doubles and 47 RBIs.
Billy Barber, Richmond
Named to the All-Rookie Team in the Atlantic-10 Conference, Barber hit .317
with 13 homers, 13 doubles and 45 RBIs.
- Derek Smith, Charleston Southern
A first team Big South pick, Smith hit .344 with 10 homers, 11 doubles and
- Victor Gomez, Marshall A second
team Conference USA pick, Gomez hit .385 with 9 homers, 9 doubles, 3 triples
and 38 RBIs.
- Stephen Hunt, South Florida Hunt
hit .353 with 3 homers, 7 doubles and 33 RBI.
- Paul Karmas, St. Johns A second
team Big East selection, Karmas hit .344 with 3 homers, 13 doubles and 32
- Eddie Rohan, Winthrop A second
team Big South pick, Roham hit .288 with 10 doubles, 5 homers and 30 RBIs.
- Multiple Position Athletes
- Kolbrin Vitek, Ball St. Vitek
posted a 6-1 record with 63 strikeouts and 17 walks. As a hitter, he
registered a .320 batting average with 3 homers, 4 doubles, 3 triples and 18
- Kyle Parker, Clemson A first
team Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Parker hit .297 with 9 homers, 9
doubles and 33 RBIs.
- Trevor Knight, James Madison
Named to the All-Rookie team in the Colonial Conference, Knight hit .356
with 6 doubles and 17 RBIs. As a pitcher, he was 6-1 with a 4.26 ERA, 4
saves and struck out 31 batters with 4 walks.