June 8, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and right-handed reliever Brett Hunter, who helped Pepperdine reach the championship game of the Malibu Regional, were named Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Thursday. Their selection marks the fourth consecutive year that at least one Waves player has been tabbed Freshman All-American.
d'Arnaud, who claimed the starting third base job early in the season, appeared in 59 games, starting 58, and batted .282 with two home runs and 22 RBI. He totaled 17 multiple-hit games and four multiple-RBI games. The rookie turned up his performance in West Coast Conference (WCC) play as he batted .357 with one round tripper and 10 RBI.
d'Arnaud was tabbed first-team All-WCC and was named to the conference's all-freshman team.
Hunter assumed the closer's role at the outset of the season and posted a 5-3 record, 2.83 ERA and 11 saves while appearing in a team-high 29 games, all but two as a reliever. His 11 saves currently tie for 22nd in the country and are the third-highest in a single-season at Pepperdine.
Hunter also was selected first-team All-WCC and named to the conference's all-freshman team.