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Lynchburg, VA – Austin Peay State University baseball standout freshman Alex Robles continued adding to his postseason accolades, this time as a member of the first-team on the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-American teams, announced Monday.
The honor comes five days after Robles was one of a program-record five Austin Peay baseball players named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, which featured 95 freshmen named to its list.
The NCBWA recognized two squads totaling 32 honorees, including 12 conference Rookie of the Year winners.
Robles, of Tucson, Arizona, was the Ohio Valley Conference’s Rookie of the Year, a second-team All-OVC pick as a pitcher and a member of the league’s All-Freshman team.
He appeared in 55 games, including 35 infield starts and 14 starts as a pitcher. Robles led the Govs with a .349 batting average and his 39 RBI were second-most on the team.
On the mound, Robles was equally dominant with a 6-2 record and 3.63 earned-run average while striking out 56 batters in 84.1 innings.
In OVC play, Robles batted .328 with 10 doubles and 24 RBI. However, as the Govs No. 1 weekend pitcher each week of league play, he went 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA and struck out 48 in 63 innings.
He had back-to-back impressive starts near the OVC schedule’s midpoint. Robles tossed a one-hit shutout at Belmont, April 17th, and garnered adidas® OVC Player of the Week honors and his performance was selected as one of the nation’s best by www.NCAA.com. One week later, he struck out 13 batters – tying the OVC season best – against Eastern Kentucky, April 25th.
In seven road starts he amassed a 3-1 record (the Govs were 8-16 on the road) and posted a 3.15 ERA. In addition, he had a win against regular-season champion Southeast Missouri, giving him a win against each of the league’s top three finishers (Southeast Missouri, Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State).
It is the second time an Austin Peay freshman has earned NCBWA First-Team honors. Matt Wollenzin was named to the organization’s top squad in 2011 – the only other time an Austin Peay baseball player has earned freshman recognition from the NCBWA.