Michael Conforto, Jace Fry Honored By Baseball America
July 4, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto and left-handed pitcher Jace Fry were honored Wednesday by Baseball America. Conforto was named a Freshman All-America First Team selection while Fry was named to its second team.
The honor is the second for Conforto by Baseball America as he was also named a second team All-American on June 22. Fry, meanwhile, picks up his second Freshman All-America honor after being named one by Lousiville Slugger.
Oregon State is tied with Florida State, TCU and Stony Brook for the second-most selections, behind North Carolina State, which earned three. The Pac-12 Conference was second with six.
In addition to his Baseball America All-America honor, Conforto was also named a second team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and a third-teamer by Perfect Game USA. That's in addition to national Freshman Hitter of the Year honors by the NCBWA and ABCA, which both also named him to their Freshman All-America Teams. Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball also named him a Freshman All-American.
Conforto also stands as a first team All-Pac-12 player as well as the league's Freshman of the Year.
Conforto is one of just two players in the Pac-12 to rank in the top 10 in batting average (eighth, .349), runs batted in (first, 76) and home runs (tied for first, 13). He currently leads the Pac-12 by 10 RBI and should that hold up after the College World Series, Conforto, a native of Woodinville, Wash., would become the first Beaver to lead the league in that category since Jim Wilson paced the Pac-10 North with 62 in 1982.
Fry finished his freshman campaign with a 5-3 record and 2.45 earned run average in 13 games, all of which were starts. He posted three complete games, including a shutout of then-No. 11 UCLA. He struck out 53 in 88 1/3 innings and limited opponents to a .215 batting average.
He gave up just seven extra-base hits during the season, including five doubles.
He posted a 4-3 mark with a 2.75 ERA in 10 conference games.
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