MORGANTOWN, W. VA. (NCBWA) – Georgia Tech shortstop
Derek Dietrich and Miami left-handed starting pitcher Chris
Hernandez have been named the inaugural Pro-Line Athletic
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Freshman Hitter
and Pitcher of the Year recipients, as announced by the organization
a 6-1 shortstop, led the Yellow Jackets with 66 RBIs, while hitting
.332 with 14 home runs and 16 doubles in his first season at Georgia
Tech. The Parma, Ohio native started every game at shortstop in
2008 and made one appearance off the mound in relief. He was named
the All-ACC second team shortstop after concluding the regular season
ranked in the top-10 in the league in home runs, RBI and total bases
and led all freshmen in the conference in the three categories.
Dietrich helped lead Georgia Tech to a 41-21 record and an appearance
in the NCAA Athens Regional.
Hernandez is 11-0 with a 2.62 ERA in 106.1 inning pitched his
season. The Miami, Fla., native struck out 112 batters, walked only
17 and opponents hit just .218 against him. He was named the Atlantic
Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and earned first team ACC
Hernandez helped lead the Hurricanes to a 52-9 record, a No.
1 national ranking and advance to this week's College World Series
in Omaha, Neb. He was named as one of four finalists for The Rogers
Clemens Award, given to the nation's top pitcher, marking the first-ever
freshman to be named a finalist for the award.
Pro-Line Athletic is in its fourth year as a sponsor of the NCBWA.
It produces and distributes plaques for National Hitter and Pitchers
of the Week during the regular season and extends its award production
to include plaques for each member of the Pro-Line/NCBWA All-American
During the Summer of 2006 Pro-Line launched into the custom game
clothing business with all products being manufactured in its facility
in Fort Worth, Texas. As a part of this transition, the company
re-branded from Pro-Line Cap Company to become Pro-Line Athletic
full line athletic apparel company offering American Made headwear,
workout gear and uniforms.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of
college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and
publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit
the association's official Web site,
For more information on the Pro-Line Athletic Freshmen of the
Year, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director
at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
• 2008 Pro-Line Athletic NCBWA Freshman