Five Pac-10 Baseball Players Named To Rivals.com Freshman All-America Teams

June 12, 2007

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Five Pac-10 baseball players were named to the 2007 Rivals.com Freshman All-America teams, as announced today. Both teams feature 17 players consisting of four starting pitchers, three outfielders, two designated hitters, two relief pitchers, a utility player, a catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman and shortstop.

Here is a rundown of the Pac-10 players selected to the 2007 Rivals.com Freshman All-America teams.

First Team:

  • Gabe Cohen, OF, UCLA, 6-2, 205: The talented Bruins took another step forward with a trip to the Fullerton Super Regional this season. The Bruins had several contributors, but few were as consistent as Cohen. Cohen had a memorable first season, hitting an impressive .345 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. He also slugged .549 and had a .404 on-base percentage.

  • Mike Leake, SP, ASU, 6-0, 160: One of the top high school players in the country last season, Leake continued his successful ways with the Sun Devils. While he arrived as a two-way player, Leake was primarily used as a pitcher this season. Leake has put together an impressive campaign thus far, going 13-1 with a 3.59 ERA in 117 2/3 innings of work.

    Second Team:

  • Brad Boxberger, SP, USC, 6-2, 185: One of the more underrated pitchers in the country, the talented right-hander stepped in and became a front-line starter for the Trojans. Boxberger finished the season 3-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 90 innings of work. He also struck out 72 and walked 34, while opponents hit him at a low .234 clip. Overall, he allowed just 32 earned runs.

  • Garett Claypool, RP, UCLA, 6-2, 180: After competing in the Fullerton Super Regional, the Bruins had a season to remember. Several young players had productive campaigns, but few were more impressive than the freshman right-hander. Claypool recorded four saves and had a 3-1 record and a 3.54 ERA in 53 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out 35 and walked 18.

  • Grant Green, SS, USC, 6-3, 200: After having a star-studded high school career, Green continued his successful ways with the Trojans this season. Green finished the year hitting .316 with two home runs and 24 RBIs. Green also hit 14 doubles and had 10 triples. In addition, he finished the year with a .491 slugging percentage and a .388 OBP. He also had a .966 fielding percentage.

    For a complete list of the teams, please visit: http://collegebaseball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=682121

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