June 8, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Gonzaga University designated hitter Ryan Wiegand was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America baseball team as selected by Collegiate Baseball. Wiegand ranked third on the team with a .330 average hitting one home run with 45 RBI. He started 52 of 53 games and was a second team All-West Coast Conference honoree ranking second among WCC freshmen for batting average this season. Wiegand becomes the sixth Gonzaga player to earn freshmen All-American honors and the first since the 2002 season. Wiegand hails from San Diego, Calif., and played high school baseball at Cathedral Catholic High.
Gonzaga finished the 2006 season with a 29-24 record earning the school's first national ranking since the 1981 season during the third week of the season. Gonzaga's previous Freshmen All-American winners were Jeff Culpepper and Eric Dworkis in 2002, Errol Simonitsch and Eric Everson in 2001 and Eric Rodland in 2000.
The Collegiate Baseball Freshman Pitcher of the Year was Alex Wilson of Winthrop University while third baseman Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt University was tabbed the Freshman Player of the Year.