Five Pac-10 Baseball Players Named to Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team
June 8, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five Pac-10 baseball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team, Collegiate Baseball announced today. ARIZONA STATE and WASHIGNTON STATE each placed two players on the team in the Sun Devils' Ike Davis and Preston Paramore and the Cougars' Jared Prince and Travis Coulter. UCLA's Ryan Babineau was also honored.
Ike Davis, a first baseman/pitcher from Scottsdale, Ariz., went 79-for-240 (.339) on the year with a team-leading 20 doubles, nine home runs and 65 RBI, which set a new ASU record for runs batted in by a freshman. As the Sun Devils' Friday night starter, the left-hander worked in 14 games, striking out 40 batters over 47 1/3 innings. Davis was also named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
Paramore, a catcher from Allen, Texas, played in 53 of the Sun Devils' 58 games, batting .318 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 35 RBI while handling 16 different pitchers.
Jared Prince, a pitcher/outfielder from Poulsbo, Wash., leads the Conference with a .401 batting average, which ranks 23rd in the nation among all Division I players. Prince, who ranks second in the league with his .492 on-base percentage, also ranked among the Top-10 in RBI (58, third), slugging percentage (.618, fourth), hits (83, tied-fifth), runs scored (50, ninth) and total bases (128, seventh). On the mound, Prince went 6-2 this season with a 4.53 ERA. He fanned 32 batters with 15 walks in his first collegiate season.
Coulter, a second baseman from Kennewick, Wash., posted a 20-game hitting streak, going .345 on the season with two home runs, five doubles, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Babineau, a catcher from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., went 46-for-178 (.258) in 2006 with six home runs, eight doubles, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored. The catcher started all 23 league games behind the plate for the Bruins and went the entire regular season without committing an error.
Davis, Paramore, Babineau and Prince were each named to the All-Pac-10 first team, while Coulter received honorable mention honors.