TUCSON, Ariz. – The future looks bright for the Eastern Kentucky University baseball program, as three Colonels, Kenny Hostrander, Kyle Nowlin and Doug Teegarden, were named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday. It is the most freshmen All-Americans EKU has produced in a single season.
EKU joins Houston and North Florida as the only schools in the country to place three position players on the Freshmen All-America team.
Hostrander, Nowlin and Teegarden also comprise half of the six Ohio Valley Conference players named to the team, joining Morehead State’s Alan Mocahbee (3B), Southeast Missouri’s Clayton Evans (OF) and Jacksonville State’s Paschal Petrongolo (DH).
Hostrander started 45 games at second base for Eastern this season, batting .298 with 15 doubles, 28 RBI and 32 runs scored. The native of Maine, N.Y. especially flourished at the end of the season, batting .400 (8-for-20) with four RBI and four runs scored during EKU’s memorable OVC Tournament run.
Nowlin was named the OVC Rookie of the Year after starting 45 games in left field and batting .295 with three home runs, 26 RBI and 37 runs scored. He was also second on the team with 17 stolen bases. The Harrison, Ohio native was moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup late in the year and thrived, batting .350 (7-for-20) with four runs and four RBI during the OVC Tournament and earning a spot on the OVC All-Tournament Team.
Teegarden started 49 games this season, most of them at third base. The native of Florence, Ky. batted .287 with 11 doubles, 29 RBI and 43 runs scored. He also led the team with 36 walks and struck out only 20 times, the least of any regular starter.
EKU also started another freshman, Luke Wurzelbacher, on the left side of its infield. Wurzelbacher, a native of Ross, Ohio, started 30 games at shortstop for EKU and batted .312 on the year, hitting five home runs and driving in 31 runs. He was named to the OVC All-Freshman Team along with Hostrander, Nowlin and Teegarden.
With the addition of Hostrander, Nowlin and Teegarden, EKU has now produced 10 Freshmen All-Americans since 1982. Three of the most recent selections, Christian Friedrich (2006), Jayson Langfels (2008) and Richie Rodriguez (2009), are all currently playing professionally.