Michael Conforto launched enough hits this season to be named the "Louisville Slugger Freshman of the Year" by Collegiate Baseball. (Photo by RVM).
Oregon St. outfielder Michael Conforto has been named the Freshman Player Of The Year by Collegiate Baseball, and pitcher Jace Fry joined Conforto on the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.
Conforto has also been named as the Freshman of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Assn., who also named Conforto to their All-America team second team, as well as the Freshman All-America team.
Conforto was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team, and was the Freshman of The Year in the Pac-12, after hitting .349, with 14 doubles, 13 homers, which tied for first in the conference, and 76 RBIs, which led the Pac-12. Conforto also lead the Pac-12 in slugging percentage (.601) and total bases (131).
Fry had 3 complete games in his 13 starts this year, on his way to a 5-3 record, with a a 2.45 ERA, and 53 strikeouts against 35 walks in 88 1/3 innings. Fry rebounded from getting almost a month late start, after back surgery in January.
Other Pac-12 players named to the team include Oregon pitcher Jake Reed, UCLA pitchers Grant Watson and David Berg, USC pitcher Stephen Tarpley, and Stanford third baseman Alex Blandino.
Beaver fans may also recall the middle of the San Diego infield, second baseman Austin Bailey, who had 2 hits, a walk, an RBI, and scored 3 runs against Oregon St., and short stop Andrew Daniel, who also had an RBI and a run scored. Both made the Freshman All-America team.