Ellsbury Earns Freshman All-America
June 5, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, it was announced Thursday. The team is selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) batted .330 with seven home runs, three triples, 10 doubles, 33 runs batted in, 56 runs scored and was 14-for-18 on stolen base attempts. He started all 53 games for the Beavers, including 30 in centerfield while Aaron Mathews was out of action before moving to rightfield at midseason.
Mathews, incidentally, was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team in 2002.
Among the Pacific-10 leaders through the end of the regular season, Ellsbury was tied for fifth in hit by pitch (11); tied for seventh in stolen bases (14); and was 10th in runs scored (56). Among OSU's all-time single-season leaders, he was second in runs scored (56) and tied for 10th in at-bats (206).
In the season's last 13 games, Ellsbury batted .434 (23-for-53) with five homers, one triple, three doubles, 12 RBIs, 17 runs and six stolen bases. After moving into leadoff spot full-time on May 2, he led off the game by reaching base nine of 12 times (two homers, one double, four singles and two walks).
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