Thursday, June 4, 2009

TWO WAHOOS NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICANS

Virginia’s Danny Hultzen (Bethesda, Md.) and Steven Proscia (Suffern, N.Y.) each have been named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball.

Hultzen has been a two-way standout for the Cavaliers this season. The first ACC Freshman of the Year in Virginia history, Hultzen has seen time at pitcher, first base, left field and designated hitter this year.

On the mound, he has a 9-1 record with a 2.01 ERA in 15 games (14 starts). In 80.2 innings, Hultzen has 90 strikeouts, which is a Virginia freshman record.

At the plate, Hultzen has a .335 batting average – tops among ACC freshmen. He also has three home runs and 33 runs batted in. Hultzen has been named to the Irvine All-Regional Team (pitcher) as well as the ACC All-Tournament Team (Utility/DH) this year.

Proscia has been a mainstay at third base all season for Virginia. He ranks second to Hultzen in batting average among ACC freshmen with a .325 mark. He has nine home runs (most by a UVa freshman since Sean Doolittle in 2005) and 56 RBI. Proscia is tied for second on the team with 18 doubles and also has 23 multiple-hit games. In all, he has hits in 44 of 58 games this year. Last week he was named to the Irvine All-Regional Team.

Virginia has had at least one freshman All-American in four of the last five seasons. Last year, Dan Grovatt took home the honor.

Virginia (46-12-1) competes in its first-ever NCAA Super Regional this weekend, battling Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.

To learn more about Hultzen (who has a 103 mph fast ball with either hand and was an Eagle Scout), click here. To learn more about Proscia (who helped invent Facebook), click here.

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