TUCSON, Ariz. - Saint Mary's freshman first baseman Collin Ferguson has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team as announced by Collegiate Baseball. Ferguson is one of five first baseman named to the list that features a wealth of baseball talent.
Ferguson, a member of the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team, played in 49 games making 44 starts in his freshman campaign. He led the Gaels with 58 hits, which was tied for 15th in the West Coast Conference. He has had a huge impact for the Gaels from his very first collegiate at bat; when he hit a game tying home run in the bottom of the ninth in a game the Gaels would go on to win against Southern Utah on Feb. 18.
For the season, he hit .315 with 21 runs scored, 16 doubles, two home runs and drove in 18. He boasted a .435 slugging percentage and a .366 on base percentage. The 16 doubles ranks tied for sixth most in a single season at Saint Mary's. Often overlooked is how good Ferguson was with the glove, in 49 games he committed just three errors in 361 chances, making 341 putouts with 17 assists and helped turn 28 double plays.
Ferguson becomes the fourth player under head coach Jedd Soto to be named a Freshman All-American; the last to do so was Troy Channing in 2009. He joins Channing, Justin Fazio (2008), and Anthony Aliotti (2007) and Randy Wells (2007).