FAYETTEVILLE – Barrett Astin and Dominic Ficociello picked up their second freshman All-American recognition of the 2011 postseason as the pair were named freshman All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Ficociello was selected as a first team freshman All-American, while Astin was named to the second team. The two were picked as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans last week by Collegiate Baseball.
An infielder from Fullerton, Calif., Ficociello led Arkansas at the plate in 2011, finishing the season with a team-best .335 batting average, four home runs and a team-leading 50 RBI. Ficociello, who was selected to play for the USA Collegiate National Team this summer, was an All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team and All-SEC Defensive Team choice following his rookie season. Ficociello also led the Razorbacks in hits (75), doubles (15), multi-hit games (20) and multi-RBI games (14). The 75 hits for Ficociello tied the Arkansas freshman single-season record. In conference games, Ficociello hit .314 with two homers and 18 RBI. Defensively, Ficociello had a .968 fielding percentage, committing 13 errors, while playing both corner infield positions.
Astin was one of the most reliable relievers out of the Arkansas bullpen in 2011, pitching in a team-high 27 games, with 24 appearances coming out of the bullpen. The right hander from Forrest City, Ark., finished his freshman season with a 5-2 record, three saves and a 2.72 ERA. In 59.2 innings, Astin struck out 57 batters and allowed just 21 runs, 18 earned, on 57 hits. Opposing batters hit just .257 against Astin. He earned three wins and two saves in SEC play, posting a 2.43 ERA in 14 games. Astin played a key role in helping the Razorbacks to an SEC West title, picking up a win and a save in Arkansas’ regular season ending doubleheader sweep against Ole Miss.