Three Ducks make Freshman All-American Team

Three Ducks make Freshman All-American Team
Oregon catcher Shaun Chase, left, congratulates pitcher Cole Irvin after the last out against San Francisco. Irvin pitched a complete game against the Dons in an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday, June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

EUGENE, Ore. – Garrett Cleavinger, Cole Irvin and Mitchell Tolman have been named to the Louisville Slugger’s Freshmen All-American Baseball Team. 
The three freshmen All-American selections join Jake Reed as the only four players in school history to be named to the Louisville Slugger team. Reed was named to the squad last season.
Cleavinger (Baldwin City, Kan./Lawrence HS) finished the season with a 9-0 record, two saves and a 1.24 ERA in 37 appearances out of the bullpen for the Ducks. He allowed just 20 hits in 43.2 innings while striking out 57 and walking 24. The lefty matched a school record for lowest opponent batting average (.137), while finishing second all-time in single season appearances and third in single-season wins. He was dominant in Pac-12 Conference play with a 4-0 record with a 1.77 ERA, while allowing just eight hits and striking out 24 in 20.1 innings. Cleavinger also put together a strong Eugene Regional Tournament allowing no runs in 5.1 innings pitched in three appearances. He struck out seven and walked one in the tournament.
Irvin (Yorba Linda, Calif./Servite HS) set an Oregon record finishing with 12 wins while earning honorable mention all-conference recognition. He finished with a 12-3 record and a 2.48 ERA with four complete games. The left-hander finished second in program history in innings pitched (116.0) while also ranking in a tie for third all-time in wins starts (16). He was 7-3 with a 2.88 ERA in Pac-12 games with two complete games. Irvin was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice as well as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) National Player of the Week once. He earned a spot on the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team after throwing a complete game where he allowed just one run on six hits while striking out nine.
Tolman (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS)finished his freshman campaign batting .315 with one home run and 37 RBI. He ranked third on the team in batting average, RBI and on base percentage (.392), and fourth in slugging percentage (.400). Tolman earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors once and NCBWA National Player of the Week recognition once during the season.
Oregon’s three members on the all-freshman team matched the most of any team in the country, joining Arizona State, Eastern Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Florida, Oklahoma and Stony Brook.