The hardware keeps coming in Kevin O’Sullivan’s talented freshmen class. This week Peter Alonso and Logan Shore were named to the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshmen All-America Team — both as second team selections.
Alonso represented the Gators as a member of the SEC All-Freshmen Team after batting .264, with 32 RBI, 19 walks, 18 runs, six doubles, four home runs and two triples in 60 games (58 starts). Alonso’s bat was too good to keep out of the lineup, leading O’Sullivan to find a place from him in the field to keep the freshman’s stick in the lineup. Alonso played four games at third base, 24 at first base and 30 games as the designated hitter.
Alonso’s numbers were better against SEC competition. The slugger hit .290 in conference, including all four of his long balls.
Logan Shore’s phenomenal freshman campaign continues to rack of postseason awards. This newest distinction comes after Shore was named the SEC Freshman of the year, first team All-SEC and a third team All-American nod from Louisville Slugger.
Shore was 7-4 with all seven wins coming against conference foes. He led the team with a 2.16 ERA (it was sub 2.00 before regional play) as well as led the team with 68 strikeouts over 95.2 innings.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan now has 11 Freshman All-Americans in his seven-year tenure: Josh Adams (2008), Preston Tucker (2009), Nolan Fontana (2010), Brian Johnson (2010), Austin Maddox (2010), Hudson Randall (2010), Mike Zunino (2010), Karsten Whitson (2011), Casey Turgeon (2012), Alonso (2014) and Shore (2014).