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Monday June 13, 2011UF's Karsten Whitson Earns First-Team Freshman All-American Honors From NCBWA

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Florida right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) was chosen as a first-team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Monday.

 

Chosen to the SECís All-Freshman Team and as a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger, Whitson has been a fixture in the Gatorsí weekend rotation and is 8-0 with a 2.45 earned run average. He leads the club with 83 strikeouts in 88.0 innings and has limited opponents to a .235 batting average.

 

In his NCAA Tourney debut on June 3, Whitson did not permit any runs or walks as Florida overpowered Manhattan, 17-3. He worked 6.1 innings last Saturday in the second game of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional against Mississippi State but was not involved in the decision after giving up two runs and four hits over 6.1 innings.

 

The righty collected SEC Freshman of the Week honors on April 25 after a seven-strikeout performance in a career-high 6.2 innings versus Alabama and was 4-0 with a 2.56 ERA in conference games. In 10 SEC starts, the righty posted victories over Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

 

The Gators (50-17) will face Texas (49-17) in the opening round of the 65th NCAA College World Series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, live on ESPN.

 

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First Team

Pos. Player, School Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA

C Matt Wollenzin, Austin Peay .373 36 83 18 31 4-0-2 19 15 21 0/0

1B Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas .335 61 224 29 75 15-1-4 50 6 45 5/6

2B Taylor Ratliff, Jacksonville .332 55 205 58 68 9-1-1 24 29 34 25/29

3B Colin Moran, North Carolina .335 64 236 46 79 20-2-9 69 46 31 2/4

SS Luke Tendler, North Carolina A&T .380 55 213 33 81 20-5-6 53 11 15 7/8

OF Daniel Aldrich, College of Charleston .347 59 222 43 77 17-2-22 73 18 59 1/1

OF Jaycob Brugman, BYU .317 53 205 37 65 19-5-9 49 16 46 13/15

OF Kyle Wren, Georgia Tech .352 59 250 55 88 11-7-1 32 28 27 14/20

DH Brad Zebedis, Presbyterian College .425 56 212 47 90 23-0-13 57 16 22 1/2

UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga .291 36 110 20 32 10-0-0 14 17 19 1/1

11-2, 2.57 ERA, 105.0 IP, 15 App, 15 GS, 83 H, 36 R, 30 ER, 21 BB, 90 K

 

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SV IP H R ER BB SO

SP Tyler Barnette, Charlotte 9-2 2.29 16 16 1 0 109.1 83 27 22 26 92

SP Scott Gardner, Bethune-Cookman 9-2 2.07 13 13 2 0 78.1 61 27 18 18 48

SP Karsten Whitson, FLORIDA 8-0 2.45 17 17 0 0 88.0 76 25 24 25 83

RP Chris Anderson, Jacksonville 4-2 3.78 35 1 0 11 50.0 40 23 21 33 39

RP Cale Elam, Wichita State 4-1 1.23 28 0 0 5 44.0 23 9 6 18 32

RP Corey Knebel, Texas 3-2 1.15 37 0 0 19 54.2 27 8 7 12 60

 

Second Team

Pos. Player, School Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBIs BB SO SB/SBA

C Austin Barrett, Mercer .286 52 182 35 52 7-1-8 25 25 47 0/2

1B D.J. Peterson, New Mexico .317 61 246 39 78 32-3-6 48 15 10 0/0

2B JaCoby Jones, LSU .338 56 195 36 66 11-1-4 32 12 37 12/20

3B Erich Weiss, Texas .358 66 218 46 78 12-7-4 44 53 35 11/13

SS Logan Kirkland, South Alabama .339 57 224 43 76 10-2-1 27 25 27 3/7

OF Phillip Ervin, Samford .371 57 213 44 79 15-2-4 41 25 28 7/8

OF Alex Bacon, North Florida .352 52 199 46 70 18-1-9 42 20 45 3/8

OF Krey Bratsen, Texas A&M .335 66 257 43 86 5-3-0 36 23 51 31/40

DH Jeff Zimmerman, North Illinois .326 56 215 34 70 13-0-11 47 23 63 0/0

UT Josh Dezse, Ohio State .332 53 193 30 64 11-2-4 42 27 47 0/1

4-2, 5.53 ERA, 27.2 IP, 26 App, 0 GS, 30 H, 23 R, 17 ER, 22 BB, 32 K

 

Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SV IP H R ER BB SO

SP T.J. Pecoraro, Vanderbilt 7-0 1.59 17 6 0 0 39.2 26 8 7 13 41

SP Nick Petree, Missouri State 9-2 2.81 16 11 2 2 96.0 86 36 30 27 81

SP Adam Plutko, UCLA 7-4 2.01 16 15 1 0 107.2 73 28 24 24 92

SP Alex Gonzalez, Oral Roberts 8-7 3.41 19 18 5 0 105.2 96 54 40 43 100

RP Kyle Porter, California 5-0 1.59 24 3 0 2 51.0 42 10 9 14 53

RP Kevin Poole, Clemson 5-2 1.93 17 3 0 0 32.2 37 9 7 10 17

RP Kevin Ziomek, Vanderbilt 3-0 1.61 25 5 0 1 44.2 33 9 8 15 46

RP Barrett Astin, Arkansas 5-2 2.72 27 3 0 3 59.2 57 21 18 20 57

 

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