DALLAS (NCBWA) – St. John's outfielder Jeremy Baltz
and TCU left-handed starting pitcher Matt Purke have been
named the 2010 Pro-Line National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients,
as announced by the organization today.
Baltz led the Red Storm with a .396 batting average and set school
records with 85 RBIs and 24 home runs, claiming the team's version
of the Triple Crown. His 24 home runs are the most by a freshman
this season. The Vestal, N.Y., native was selected the 2010 Big
East Rookie of the Year, leading St. John's in slugging percentage
(.771), multiple-hit games (29), multiple-RBI games (25) and total
bases (185). He also had 16 doubles, a triple, 95 hits and scored
64 runs. He was a unanimous first team All-Big Eeast honoree and
earned second team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.
Baltz helped lead St. John's to a 43-18 overall record and its
conference-record sixth BIG EAST Tournament title, earning an automatic
bid to the NCAA Charlottesville Regional. The outfielder was named
the regional's MVP. Baltz also has been named Freshman Player of
the Year by the Collegiate Baseball News.
Purke has posted a 14-0 record with a 3.23 ERA in 103 innings
pitched this season. The Spring, Texas, native has struck out a
team-leading 133 batters, walked 28, recorded one complete game
and held opponents to a .219 batting average during 18 appearances
during 2010. The left-hander went into the NCAA Tournament ranked
No. 3 in the country in wins and 12th in strikeouts. He was named
the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and received second
team All-American honors and Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Collegiate
Purke leads the Mountain West with 14 wins and 133 strikeouts.
The left-hander also ranks in the conference's Top 10 in ERA (4th),
innings pitched (4th) and opponents batting average (2nd). He is
the third Horned Frog to be named a Freshman of the Year in school
history. The left-hander has helped lead TCU to a 51-12 record and
their first appearance in the College World Series, with NCAA Fort
Worth Regional and Austin Super Regional Championships. The Horned
Frogs also captured the MWC Regular Season and Tournament titles.
Purke has been named one of the finalists for the College Baseball
Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Award.
Pro-Line Athletic, owned by Badger Sport, supplies caps and uniforms
to several Division I college baseball teams and this is the fifth
season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The
sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly
winners and other promotional consideration. For more information
about Pro-Line and Badger, visit their web sites at: www.badgersport.com
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the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers,
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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 Pro-Line
Athletic National Freshmen of the Year, contact NCBWA Assistant
Executive Director Mike Montoro (304-293-2821, email@example.com)
or Ryan Bomberger (434-582-2292, firstname.lastname@example.org).