June 5, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Four Arizona baseball players have been named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-Americans, the publication announced on Thursday. First-year Wildcats Brad Boyer, Trevor Crowe, Derek Decater and Nick Hundley were all tabbed with the honor.
The four freshmen join sophomore Jeff Van Houten (third team Collegiate Baseball All-America) and junior Brian Anderson (second team USA Today/Sports Weekly All-America) in garnering postseason accolades.
"The freshmen were a big part of our success this season," Arizona head coach Andy Lopez said. "I've never had a team that relied on so many newcomers before and they all responded with outstanding seasons. These four, plus their classmates, deserve recognition for what they helped the team accomplish."
Boyer, Arizona's first-ever freshman to be named All-Pac-10, recently wrapped up one of the most productive freshman seasons in school history. The infielder finished the year as UA's all-time freshman leader in runs (71), hits (84), doubles (16), triples (8) and stolen bases (24). His .351 batting average in 56 games was the fifth-best for any freshman at Arizona and his .548 slugging percentage, .409 on-base percentage and 47 RBIs all rank among the top 10 for freshmen in school history.
Crowe, who spent time in the infield, outfield and as the DH this season, ended the year with a .316 average in 53 games. He finshed the season with 58 hits, 35 RBIs, 34 runs, 14 doubles and 13 stolen bases.
Decater ended the year as Arizona's starting despite battling through numerous injuries in 2003. Playing in 39 of Arizona's 58 games this season, Decater finished with a .299 batting average, nine doubles, four home runs, 32 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
Hundley, who came to Arizona after getting drafted in the fifth round in the MLB draft out of high school, closed of the season as the leading freshman hitter on the team with a .361 batting average, fourth-best for any freshman in school history. The first-year catcher rapped out 48 hits in 28 games, including 12 doubles, two triples and two home runs.