Sabourin Named Freshman All-American
June 10, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman first baseman Jerrud Sabourin has been named a Second Team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the organization announced today. Sabourin had a stellar freshman campaign for the Hoosiers, starting 59 games at first base and hitting .383 with 14 doubles and 53 RBI.
Sabourin was one of the top players in a stellar group of Big Ten first basemen. He had the second-highest average among conference first basemen and was third at the position in RBI. He finished second behind Josh Phegley with a .517 slugging percentage on the year and third on the team with five home runs. He led the conference with 527 putouts and had a .991 fielding percentage. The San Diego, Calif., native is the second Freshman All-American in school history, joining Dan Haegele, who earned honorable mention in 1998.
Over IU's final 23 games, where the Hoosiers went 15-8, Sabourin led all players with a .438 average. He was also second on the team with three home runs and 28 RBI over that time, slugging .594 and posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. The first baseman was also named All-Tournament for his performance in Indiana's third-place run at the Big Ten tourney.
Sabourin first heated up in his home state, as he tore up the opposition at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif. Sabourin hit .417 - third on the Hoosiers - and had the first five extra-base hits of his career in the Classic to post a team-leading .708 slugging percentage. After hitting an RBI double in the Classic opener against Gonzaga that tied the game 4-4 in the seventh, Sabourin scored a run and had a pair of walks against New Mexico State. Over the final four games of the Classic, he was 9-for-18 with five RBI and three runs scored. He capped it off with his first career homer - a shot to right center vs. Portland.
Additionally, Phegley and Sabourin collected All-Ping! honors from Ping!Baseball. Phegley was named a second team All-Ping! selection, while Sabourin was named a second team honoree on the 2008 Freshman Team. Phegley, who was earlier named a second team All-American by College Baseball News, finished off one of the best offensive seasons in IU history with a .438 average, 15 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 doubles.
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