TUCSON, Ariz. – Indiana State’s Ryan Keaffaber (Wabash, Ind.) became the 11th Sycamore and the first since 2000 to be named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball team, selected by Collegiate Baseball, it was announced today (Wednesday).
Keaffaber was named the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and completed his initial campaign with the Sycamores by posting a 3-2 record with a 3.26 earned run average. He recorded 11 saves on the season, the third best total in school history, as he appeared in 24 games and started three. In 60.2 innings of work, the freshman stopper gave up 46 hits and 24 runs while striking out 22 and walking 19 while holding opponents to a team best .212 batting average.
Left handed pitcher Mitch Stetter and third baseman Chris Hall were the last two players named to the Freshman All-American team and both in 2000. Stetter was also the only other Sycamore to be named MVC Freshman of the Year.
Casey Whitten (1991) is the only other Sycamore pitcher to be named to the Freshman All-American team. Also receiving the honor were third baseman Boi Rodriguez (1984), shortstop Dan Frye (1989), and outfielders Bob Zeihen (1984), Paul Frye (1985), Tim Riess (1987), Steve Ruckman (1990), and Dan Olson (1994).
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