DALLAS (NCBWA) – Oregon State outfielder Michael
Conforto and N.C. State right-handed pitcher Carlos
Rodon have been named the 2012 National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the
Year recipients, as announced by the organization today.
Conforto led the Oregon State Beavers with a .349 batting average,
76 RBI, 13 home runs, .601 slugging percentage and 131 total bases.
The outfielder led the Pac-12 Conference in RBI and tied for the
league lead in home runs. In addition, he led all Pac-12 players
with 36 RBI in conference games. Playing in 58 games, he also finished
the year with 45 runs scored, 14 doubles and a triple.
Conforto was selected the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and
named to all-conference first team. The outfielder helped the Beavers
post a 40-20 record and secure an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Conforto was named to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Baton
Rouge Regional after batting 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles, five
RBI and two walks in four games. Oregon State is currently ranked
21st in the NCBWA weekly poll.
The Woodinville, Wash., native was named the Freshman Player
of Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by the Collegiate
Rodon, a semifinalist of the Dick Howser trophy, became the first
freshman in ACC history to be named either the conference’s Pitcher
or Player of the Year. The left-hander was also selected the ACC
Freshman of the Year. Rodon leads the ACC with a 1.57 ERA over 114
2/3 innings pitched. He finished second in the conference with a
9-0 record, 135 strikeouts and a .176 opponent batting average.
The Holly Springs, N.C., product was an All-ACC First Team selection.
The left-hander has received Louisville Slugger All-America first
team honors and was named Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Collegiate
Baseball News. He has also been selected as one of five semifinalists
for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year
Rodon helped N.C. State post a 43-20 record and claim the NCAA
Raleigh Regional Championship. The Wolfpack is currently ranked
No. 11 in the NCBWA weekly poll.
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