Eight Pac-10 Freshmen Named to Louisville Slugger's Freshman All-American Team

June 9, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The 2010 Louisville Slugger All-American Team was announced today by Collegiate Baseball and eight Pac-10 freshmen were named to the team, including ARIZONA RHP Kurt Heyer, ARIZONA STATE’s RHP Brady Rodgers and SS Deven Marrero, CALIFORNIA’s LHP Justin Jones and 3B Tony Renda, OREGON STATE RHP/OF Matt Boyd, STANFORD 3B Kenny Diekroeger and WASHINGTON 3B Jacob Lamb.

A native of Woodside, Calif., Diekroeger was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after leading the Cardinal with a .351 batting average, 73 hits and 22 multi-hit games. The rookie posted a 23-game hitting streak, the fourth-longest streak in school history since 1988. He also became the first Stanford freshman since Edmund Muth in 1997 to lead the squad in batting average.

An All-Pac-10 selection, Heyer of Huntington Beach, Calif., was 7-4 with a 3.24 ERA for the Wildcats. He ranked third in the Conference with 109 strikeouts and fifth in innings pitched (102.0). His mark in ERA was the ninth-highest in the league.

 A native of Richmond, Texas, Rodgers posted a 4-3 record with a 1.96 ERA in 20 games for the Sun Devils. As a starter and reliever, Rodgers’ ERA was tops in the Pac-10 and also had three saves. Marrero of Davie, Fla., batted .397 in his first season in Tempe with six home runs and 37 RBI. Both Rodgers and Marrero were honorable mention All-Pac-10 honorees this season.

Jones, an All-Pac-10 pick, led the Golden Bears with a 10-5 record. The Oakdale, Calif., native fanned 73 batters and walked 27 in 98.0 innings of work. His innings pitched ranked eighth in the Conference. Renda, also an All-Pac-10 honoree, finished his rookie campaign hitting .373 with 21 doubles, three homers and 37 RBI. The Hillsborough, Calif., native also swiped 13 bases in 15 attempts. His 21 doubles ranked fourth in the league.

An Honorable Mention by the Pac-10, Boyd was dominant in 42.2 innings pitched, making 20 appearances, two of them being starts. He led the Beavers with a 7-1 record and posted a 1.90 ERA while opponents batted .200 against him. Offensively, the Mercer Island, Wash., native batted .264 with six doubles, three home run and 19 RBI.

Lamb of Seattle, Wash., hit .347, highest among the Husky regular starters. The freshman third baseman  played in 56 games. A starter in 54 contests, he collected a team-leading 70 hits and was second on the club with 14 doubles and 32 RBI, while adding four long balls. 

ASU and UCLA are still competing for the 2010 National Championship, advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend. The Bruins open up play Friday, June 11, when the host Cal State Fullerton for a 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNHD. The Sun Devils begin their quest for their fourth NCAA College World Series in the last six years when they welcome Arkansas on Saturday, June 12 for a 6 p.m. game. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. 


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