Brett Mooneyham Named to Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Team
June 3, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford freshman left-handed pitcher Brett Mooneyham has been named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced today. The southpaw is one of 20 starting pitchers on the team, and is one of just eight left-handers.
Mooneyham becomes the first Stanford starting pitcher to earn Freshman All-America honors since left-hander Mark Romanczuk in 2003. The Atwater, Calif. native enjoyed a sensational campaign, going 6-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 13 games (11 starts). The honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer compiled 72 strikeouts in 67.1 innings of work, while holding opposing batters to a paltry .204 average (46-for-226).
'Brett really had a great year,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'He matured as a pitcher, and was on the mound for us in a lot of big games - especially down the stretch. Leading our team in Pac-10 wins is an impressive accomplishment for a freshman.'
At the conclusion of the 2009 regular season, Mooneyham ranked among the Pac-10 leaders for: fewest hits allowed (t-2nd - 46), batters struck out looking (4th - 29), opponents' average (5th), fewest runs allowed (7th - 34), wins (t-9th) and fewest earned runs allowed (9th - 31).
Mooneyham was at his best in Pac-10 play, logging a 5-2 ledger with a 3.66 ERA and a .180 average against in nine starts. His efforts in conference-only games ranked him among the Pac-10's best for: starts (t-1st), opponents' average (3rd), batters struck out looking (t-2nd - 23), wins (t-5th), fewest hits allowed (6th - 31) and strikeouts (8th - 57).
The Cardinal southpaw was also among the nation's toughest pitchers to hit during the regular season. As of the May 26 NCAA rankings - the final ones released before Regional play began - Mooneyham ranked sixth among all Division I hurlers by allowing just 6.15 hits per 9.0 innings. He was also 77th in the country with an average of 9.63 strikeouts per 9.0 frames.
Mooneyham became the first Stanford freshman since Brian Sager in 1999 to record at least 10 strikeouts in a game, reaching double digits on three occasions. He set his high by fanning 11 during his first career complete game - a seven-hitter in a 9-1 victory May 16 at USC.
The full team can be viewed at the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper web site: www.baseballnews.com