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Rookie Right Hander Brett Hunter Named Second Team Freshman All-American

June 30, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Rookie right hander Brett Hunter, who helped Pepperdine to the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship and a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, was named a second team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, the magazine announced on Friday.

Hunter, who was named as a relief pitcher on the team, was previously selected a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball in addition to being named to the WCC's All-Freshman Team and a first team all-conference pick.

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 tied for 22nd in the country and are the third-most in a single-season at Pepperdine.

The Waves concluded the 2006 season with a 42-21 overall record and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Malibu Regional. It marked the third straight year that Pepperdine reached a regional title game.

Pepperdine concluded the year ranked No. 21 by Baseball America.

Baseball America's Freshman All-American Teams

FIRST TEAM
C Tim Federowicz, North Carolina
1B Justin Smoak, South Carolina
2B Jemile Weeks, Miami
3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt
SS Brandon Crawford, UCLA
OF Aaron Luna, Rice
OF Warren McFadden, Tulane
OF Jared Prince, Washington State
DH Alex Buchholz, Delaware
UT Luis Flores, Houston
SP Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky
SP Aaron Shafer, Wichita State
SP Jacob Thompson, Virginia
SP Alex Wilson, Winthrop
RP Kyle Weiland, Notre Dame

SECOND TEAM
C Preston Paramore, Arizona State
1B Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest
2B David Adams, Vriginia
3B Kevin McAvoy, Maine
SS Gordon Beckham, Georgia
OF Mike Bianucci, Auburn
OF Jericho Jones, Louisiana Tech
OF Kyle Russell, Texas
DH Ike Davis, Arizona State
UT J.B. Shuck, Ohio State
SP Chris Fetter, Michigan
SP Scott Gorgen, UC Irvine
SP Tommy Hunter, Alabama
SP Brian Matusz, San Diego
RP Brett Hunter, Pepperdine