Redshirt-freshman Daniel Aldrich from the College of Charleston has been named Collegiate Baseball's Freshman Player of the Year and as a 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Aldrich was named the 2011 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association and the league's coaches, as well as being named to the All-SoCon First Team. The right-fielder led all Division I freshmen in home runs (22), RBIs (73), slugging percentage (.739) and total bases (164). He had 25 multi-hit games on the season and had a team-best 17-game hitting streak in February and March.
Aldrich has also been named a semifinalist for the 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, awarded to the nation's top amateur baseball player and was also selected as a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American.
SAMFORD'S IRBY AND ERVIN NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN
Samford's Phillip Ervin and C.K. Irby were both named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, released by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
Ervin served as the team's starting center fielder throughout the season. He led the team in batting with a .371 average, while hitting 15 doubles and driving in 41 runs.
During the 2011 season, Ervin compiled the longest hitting streak in the Southern Conference this season, hitting safely in 19-straight games. Ervin was named first-team All-Southern Conference by the media, and second-team All-SoCon and All-Freshman by the league's coaches.
Irby, who was selected for the team as a relief pitcher but also saw time at third base for the Bulldogs, compiled a record of 5-1 on the season. He posted a 2.48 ERA in 36.1 innings of work in his freshman season.
Irby held opponents to a .186 batting average in 2011. He struck out 35 batters in 22 appearances, including two starts on the mound. Irby was named to the Southern Conference's All-Freshman team by the league's coaches.
Elon's Gomez Earns Freshman All-American Status
Elon second baseman Sebastian Gomez (Miramar, Fla.) was recognized as a member of the 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team which is selected by Collegiate Baseball.
Gomez is Elon's third Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, joining 2006 selection Steven Hensley and 2008 honoree Thomas Girdwood.
A second-team All-SoCon and SoCon All-Freshman Team selection, Gomez led the Phoenix with a .305 batting average. In 49 games (44 starts) he scored 30 runs and drove in 28 while successfully stealing 14 bases in 15 attempts. Gomez finished the year with six doubles, a triple and two homers. His performance helped Elon capture its fourth SoCon title, and third in four years, as the Phoenix ended the season with a 36-21 overall record and a 23-7 league mark.
At one point this season, Gomez put together a 10-game hitting streak which included eight consecutive multi-hit outings. He drove in a career-best three runs with a 3-for-5, two-double, two-runs scored performance in a victory over Davidson. Gomez connected on his first homer in a 9-0 win at Georgia Southern in what proved to be skipper Mike Kennedy's 500th career victory.
Davidson's Brandt Named to Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball Team
Left fielder Forrest Brandt was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team by Collegiate Baseball newspaper Wednesday afternoon, marking the second straight season a Davidson Wildcat baseball player has earned the honor.
Brandt, who becomes the program's fourth freshman All-American, was named to the team after starting all 48 games in left field and batting .300, to go along with 15 doubles, a triple, a home run, eight stolen bases and 21 RBI. He was previously named to the 2011 All-SoCon Freshman Team, joining Andrew Barna and Drew Gadaire as Wildcats who have earned the honor.
Brandt is the fourth freshman All-American in Davidson history, joining Barna, shortstop Robert Eenhoorn (Baseball America, 1990) and outfielder Billy Masse (Baseball America, 1985). Barna was named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team last season.
The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball's Freshman Pitcher of The Year RHP Corey Knebel of Texas (17 saves, 1.23 ERA, 57 strikeouts and 12 walks in 51 1/3 innings) and Freshman Player of The Year OF Daniel Aldrich, College of Charleston (.347, 22 homers, 17 doubles and 73 RBI).
BARNETTE NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA
Also named to the All-Freshman team was Tyler Barnette of Hickory. The righthander was 9-1 with a 1.96 earned-run-average during his freshman year with UNC-Charlotte. He started 15 games and had 56 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings.