June 5, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Michigan baseball freshmen Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair), Evan Hill (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) and Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) all were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced this afternoon (Wednesday, June 5). The trio becomes the first Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans for U-M since junior Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) earned the honor in 2011.
Cronenworth, who made the team as a multiple position athlete, hit .330 with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 41 runs batted in. Cronenworth also was the team's closer, as he had seven saves and a 1.93 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched. He earned All-Big Ten second team honors at third base and also was named to the league's all-freshman team. Cronenworth had a 16-game hitting streak earlier in the season and had 17 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI performances.
Hill, who made the team as a starting pitcher, was 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 14 starts. Hill also earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors in May. Four of his wins were in Big Ten play, including an eight-inning, four-hit win against Michigan State on April 6. Hill was a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week and pitched seven or more innings in five of his starts.
Maezes, who made the team as a shortstop, hit .313 with 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 44 RBI and 16 stolen bases. His average increased to .406 in Big Ten games with a .522 slugging percentage. He also earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors in May. In Big Ten games, Maezes had 19 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI performances. He also reached base in 19 straight games to end the season.
Michigan finished the season with a 29-27 overall record (14-10 in Big Ten play) and tied for fifth in the Big Ten standings and advanced to the six-team Big Ten Tournament for the first time since the 2010 season.
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