Freshman All-American Nathan Carter.
June 30, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force second baseman/outfielder Nathan Carter was named to the Ping!Baseball 2008 All-Freshmen Team, announced Monday. Carter was a third team selection at second base.
Carter becomes the second Falcon to make the Ping!Baseball All-Freshman Team, joining K.J. Randhawa, who earned honorable mention shortstop honors in 2007.
Carter, a Concord, Calif., native and a product of De La Salle HS, led the nation with 10 triples. The 10 triples shattered the previous Mountain West Conference freshman triples mark of six. Starting 49 of 50 games played, Carter led the Falcons in hitting (.312), runs scored (51), slugging percentage (.577), walks (34) and on-base percentage (.430). He finished up second on the team in doubles (16) and stolen bases (19).
The rosters were selected by the Ping!Baseball staff after countless hours searching rosters for the premier freshmen players in the nation. Each year college baseball teams lose hundreds of quality players when the student-athletes graduate or advance their game to the professional level. However, every spring a new crop of future stars arises to replenish the lineups. This year's group is especially talented, with a number of competitors being good bets to spend their future summers swinging lumber instead of aluminum in the professional leagues.
Highlighting the team are Co-Ping!Baseball Freshman Players of the Year Scott Woodward of Coastal Carolina and Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia. Woodward, who can play nearly any position, sparked a Chanticleer offense that made their first Super Regional appearance in school history. He started every game, batting .364 with 15 doubles, seven homeruns and 45 RBI. He also stole 42 bases to rank in the top ten nationally. Gyroko, a second baseman for the Mountaineers, ended his freshman campaign with a .409 batting average with 95 hits, which included 17 doubles and eight home runs (two grand slams), and 63 RBIs.
Ping!Baseball Pitcher of the Year was Miami's Chris Hernandez, who went 11-0 in 112.2 innings, allowing just 92 hits while striking out 117. Even more impressively he only walked 18 batters and held opposition to a .223 batting average. He was also named as one of just four finalists for The Roger Clemens Award, an award given to the nation's top pitcher - the first freshman to be named a finalist for the award.