DALLAS (NCBWA) – College of Charleston outfielder Daniel
Aldrich and Texas right-handed pitcher Corey Knebel have
been named the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients, as announced
by the organization today.
Aldrich hit .347 and led all Division I freshmen in home runs
(22), RBI (73), slugging percentage (.739) and total bases (164).
The outfielder was selected the 2011 Southern Conference Freshman
of the Year and named to All-SoCon first team. He had 25 multi-hit
games on the season and posted a team-best 17-game hitting streak
in February and March.
The Mt. Pleasant, N.C., native has been named a semifinalist
for the Dick Howser Trophy and has received second team All-America
honors and Freshman Player of Year from the Collegiate Baseball
News. Aldrich helped College of Charleston post a 39-22 record this
Knebel, a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the NCBWA
Stopper of the Year Award, has set Texas’ freshman record with 19
saves and is 3-2 with a 1.15 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.
With two saves this past weekend, he has posted most saves of any
pitcher in the nation this season. In addition, he has made 37 appearances,
the most in the Big 112 this year.
The Georgetown, Texas product was an All-Big 12 First Team selection
and member of the Big 12 All-Freshmen Team. He has received first
team All-America honors and Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Collegiate
Baseball News. The reliever has also been named one of the 25 quarterfinalists
for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year Award.
The right-hander has helped Texas post a 49-17 record and reach
the College World Series for the 34th time, with NCAA Austin Regional
and Super Regional Championships. The Longhorns also were the Big
12 Regular Season Co-Champions and were ranked No. 5 in the latest
NCBWA Weekly Poll.
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