SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A pair of UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the Collegiate Baseball 2019 Freshmen All-American team, announced by the publication on Wednesday morning.
LHP Rodney Boone sees his name on a postseason award list for the third time after also being named the Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and to the All-Conference Second Team. The southpaw went 8-0 in 14 starts with a 2.78 ERA as he established himself as the Sunday starter early on in the season and quickly became a key part of the Gauchos' success. Boone recorded 80 strikeouts while holding hitters to a .204 BA against, and had no shortage of quality performances throughout. In the finale of UCSB's series against Missouri State, the lefty struck out 10 in six innings of three-hit ball allowing just one run. On April 7, he took a no-hitter into the 8th inning against Stephen F. Austin, eventually settling for a one-hit outing. Two weeks later, the Orange, Calif.-native allowed just three hits in 7.2 innings in a win vs UC Davis. Perhaps most memorable, Boone's career-high 12 strikeouts in 8.1 innings helped the Gauchos clinch the Big West title for the first time in 33 years in their final-day victory over Cal Poly.
Joining Boone on the Freshmen All-American team is RHP Michael McGreevy, who was also previously named to the All-Big West First Team. The San Clemente HS product became one of the most dependable arms in the bullpen for UCSB. Checketts called on him a team-high 28 times, good for second in the Big West, as he leads the team with a 2.01 ERA. Batters hit just .233 against him and he recorded 51 strikeouts in 58.1 innings pitched, picking up six saves along the way. In what was his second collegiate game, he struck out four in three scoreless innings at UNLV on February 19. Against Missouri State, he struck out a season-high six batters in 3.1 scoreless innings. Later in the season, he came in for a season-high 5.1 innings to pick up a win for the Gauchos over Cal State Fullerton on March 31.
Stay tuned to UCSBGauchos.com for more news and updates on the UCSB baseball team.