Schmidt and Seibert Named Freshman All-America
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas freshman Nick Schmidt and Shaun Seibert were named Freshman All-Americans by Louisville Slugger on Wednesday.
The Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team is chosen by Collegiate Baseball. The Arkansas pair was selected after outstanding freshman campaigns for the Razorbacks.
Schmidt finished with an 8-2 record and a 2.80 ERA in 99.2 innings of work. He struck out 89, threw two complete games and held opponents to a team-low .235 batting average, while allowing just 14 extra-base hits all season. Schmidt’s freshman season produced wins against national powers like Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.
A left-handed pitcher out of High Ridge, Mo., and Vianney High School, Schmidt was named to the SEC All-Freshman team that was picked by league coaches. SEbaseball.com also named Schmidt the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Seibert went 5-3 with a save in his first year with the Hogs. He posted a 3.60 ERA and pitched 60 innings in 19 appearances and eight starts. He struck out 52 on the season and held opponents to a .240 batting average.
A graduate of Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Ill., Seibert turned in his best performance of the season at South Carolina in his first SEC action. He held the Gamecocks scoreless over seven innings, allowing just two hits. He did not walk a batter in that outing and struck out six.
Head Coach Dave Van Horn’s Razorbacks have produced four Freshman All-Americans over the past two seasons. Danny Hamblin and Jake Dugger were selected last season.
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