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Freeland Selected 8th Overall by Colorado Rockies

June 5, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville junior Kyle Freeland was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the eighth overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Thursday evening, becoming the third player in program history to be selected in the first round, joining Andy Benes (1988) and Steve Obenchain (2002).
 
Freeland, who was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and selected to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team, posted a 10-2 record and 1.90 ERA this season en route to earning Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year honors.  The Denver, Colo., native also racked up 128 strikeouts, a mark that ranks second in school history, against just 13 walks and limited opponents to a .214 batting average. 
 
Over his three-year career, Freeland accumulated a 3.55 ERA and 282 strikeouts to rank second and fourth on Evansville's all-time lists, respectively.  The junior left-hander struck out a career-high 15 batters on two occasions this season, which came in back-to-back starts against Charlotte (April 4) and Wichita State (April 11). 
 
Freeland is the fifth player that has been drafted in current head coach Wes Carroll's six-year tenure.  In addition, Freeland's eighth overall selection is second in UE history behind only Benes, who was taken with the first overall pick in the 1988 draft.


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