Three Named to Freshman All-American Team

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June 12, 2017

Collegiate Baseball Release

Pacific Release | Saint Mary's Release | San Diego Release

SAN BRUNO, Calif.- Three West Coast Conference student-athletes were named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team which was headlined by Saint Mary's DH/P Kevin Millam, who was named one of the four National Freshman of the Year. Pacific's James Free II and San Diego's Chris Murphy were also named to the All-Freshman team. 

A total of 31 freshmen from 29 different schools were honored as part of the All-Freshman Team. The Freshman All-American team is voted upon by the membership of the NCBWA. The 2017 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 13.

Kevin Millam, Saint Mary's, DH/P Millam hit .313 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs while also posting a 3-1 record on the mound with nine saves and a 2.27 ERA. Offensively, he led the Gaels in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage (.547) while also adding 14 doubles, 45 runs scored and 23 walks. He was a go-to reliever out of the bullpen with a team-high 22 appearances and nine saves. He struck out 31 in 39 2/3 innings and held opponents to just a .191 batting average.

James Free II, Pacific, C

Free put together a .343 batting average this season while leading the WCC in home runs (14) and runs batted in (54) during the regular season. He also ranked 25th in the NCAA in slugging percentage at a .652 clip while pacing the team in hits (62) and on base percentage (.471). Free was the WCC freshman leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, homers, RBI, doubles and total bases.

Chris Murphy, San Diego, P

Murphy went 3-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 17 games for the Toreros (12 starts). He struck out 89 batters across 69 innings, good for a rate of 11.61 punchouts per nine innings, the fifth best rate in a single season in program history and the second best ever for a freshman. Murphy started the year in the bullpen, but was moved into the rotation as the Saturday starter in early March. He then posted a 1.18 ERA over his next 38 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .174 average in that span.

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