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EKU's Friedrich earns All-American honor

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University junior left-hander Christian Friedrich has been named a first team All-Ping! selection by Ping! Baseball. Friedrich finished his junior season with a 5-1 record while ranking second in the nation in ERA (1.43) and hits allowed per nine innings (4.41). He also ranked eighth nationally with 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Last week, Friedrich was selected by the Colorado Rockies as the 25th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft. He was the first Colonel ever to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft, and only the second player in OVC history to accomplish the feat.

Joining Friedrich as first team All-Ping! selections were a host of fellow first rounders including Florida State catcher Buster Posey, San Diego left-hander Brian Matusz and Missouri right-hander Aaron Crow.

Friedrich was named the preseason OVC Pitcher of the Year in January, and did not disappoint. En route to being named first team All-OVC for the third straight year, he led the OVC in ERA, hits allowed per nine innings, strikeouts per nine innings, strikeouts (108), and opponent batting average (.144). Through 81.2 innings of work and 12 starts this season, Friedrich allowed only 40 hits. Only one of those hits was a home run.

Against Morehead State on March 29, Friedrich became EKU’s all-time career strikeout leader in only his third season in Richmond. He has now recorded 305 strikeouts as a Colonel. He also has a career ERA of 1.84, which is best all-time at EKU.

Friedrich was named the OVC Pitcher of the Week three times this season, and five times in his career. His first weekly honor of this year came in early March after he held Bradley University scoreless while striking out nine batters. His second came a few weeks later when he took a no-hitter into the seventh against the University of Illinois, striking out 12 in that contest. His final Pitcher of the Week honor came on May 5, a few days after he nearly tossed a perfect game against Samford, allowing just one baserunner in his eight innings of work and at one point retiring 20 consecutive batters.

In his last three outings of the season, Friedrich pitched 24 innings without allowing an earned run, while striking out 31 batters and only giving up nine hits.


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