Five BIG EAST Players Named to Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Freshman Player of the Year Jeremy Baltz was joined by four other BIG EAST student-athletes on the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team. The St. John's outfielder was recognized alongside Red Storm starting righthander Kyle Hansen, righthanded reliever Tyler Gebler and second baseman Steve Nyisztor of Rutgers and righthanded relief pitcher Andrew Strenge of Cincinnati.

Baltz finished 2010 with a .396 average, 16 doubles, 24 home runs and 85 RBI. The outfielder started all 63 games for the Red Storm. He scored 64 runs to go with a .771 slugging percentage and a .479 on-base percentage. The NCAA Charlottesville Regional MVP and a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST choice, Baltz broke St. John's single season records in home runs and RBI, while his 95 hits rank second all-time and his 64 runs scored are tied for sixth. Baltz leads the nation in home runs by a freshman.

An All-BIG EAST Third Team selection, Hansen finished his rookie season with an 8-3 record and a 3.71 ERA. The righty made 18 appearances, including 15 starts, and tallied 85 strikeouts in 94.2 innings, while limiting opponents to a .227 average. Hansen went 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14.1 innings in a pair of BIG EAST Tournament starts to earn the Jack Kaiser Award as the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

Gebler broke the Rutgers single-season record for saves with 12 in his first season. He is also tied for fourth on the school's career saves chart. The closer posted a 1.74 earned run average and struck out 18 in 36.0 innings spanning a team-high 28 appearances. Gebler's ERA in BIG EAST contests was 1.80. The freshman did not surrender an earned run in 23 of his 28 appearances.

Nyisztor appeared in all 56 games and started all but one contest. He led the Scarlet Knights with a .410 batting average, earning second team All-BIG EAST honors in his rookie season. His 94 hits tied for fourth-best on the RU single-season hits chart. He drove in 51 runs and scored 52 from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The freshman collected 24 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, three triples and four home runs. He stole 11 bases on the year. He had just three errors in 278 chances, while helping to turn 45 double plays. Nyisztor led the BIG EAST with a .434 batting average in league games.

Strenge made 15 appearances, including four starts, and finished with a 1.93 ERA in 46.2 innings. Strenge posted a 7-1 record and struck out 40 batters while yielding just 11 extra-base hits of the 46 hits allowed. In BIG EAST games, he set the BIG EAST single-season ERA record with a 0.62 ERA, breaking Seton Hall's Chris Noonan's record of 0.81 set during the 2003 season. He finished as the league leader in conference-only play not only in ERA, but in opponents batting average (.208), hits allowed (22), runs allowed (five), earned runs allowed (two) and walks allowed (one)."