June 9, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona pitcher Kurt Heyer was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
Heyer, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., turned in a sensational freshman season for the Wildcats as he assumed the Friday night starting role for the club. He finished the season with a 7-4 record and a team-best 3.26 ERA in 17 appearances that included 16 starts. He struck out a UA freshman record 109 hitters on the season while walking just 29 in 102.0 innings pitched.
A member of the Pac-10 All-Conference team, Heyer etched his name into several top categories for UA freshman pitchers. Along with the record-low 3.26 ERA, Heyer’s tally of seven wins ranks tied for No. 4 amongst all freshman pitchers at the school. He tied for the fifth-most starts and tied for No. 3 in freshman winning percentage with a .636 mark in 11 decisions. His 102.0 innings pitched are the fourth-most while he was one of just four pitchers to throw a shutout in a rookie season.
Heyer’s remarkable strikeout to walk ratio was a key to his success throughout the season. Heyer struck out 9.62 batters per nine innings, which is the second-best ratio in program history for a freshman. His 2.56 walks per nine innings are the third-lowest for a Wildcat.
During the season, Heyer was named twice named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and one of “Louisville Slugger’s” National Player’s of the week.
In his collegiate debut in late February, the 6-foot-2 right hander struck out 13 batters, tying for second-most ever in a single game by a UA freshman pitcher. In six innings of work, Heyer struck out 13 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing just one run on three hits and only one walk. Later in the year, Heyer surpassed the 13-strikeouts with a 14-strikeout performance on April 16 against Washington State. He became the first UA freshman pitcher to tally multiple double-digit strikeout performances in the same season.
Heyer earned the victory in UA’s regional-opening victory over Baylor last week at the Fort Worth Regional. The Wildcats finished the season 34-24 and made their sixth NCAA postseason appearance in the last eight years.