Relief Pitcher Justin Su'a of BYU was named Tuesday to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and teammate Jeff Hiestand, a designated hitter, was an honorable mention selection.
"Justin was the mainstay out of our bullpen and showed great maturity in pressure situations," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We expect great things from him when he returns from his mission."
Hiestand also will not be back next season because of a Church mission.
"Jeff was a walk-on who worked hard and provided a lot of clutch base hits and consistent power," said Law.
Su'a, from Torrance, Calif., posted a 3-0 record and a 3.41 earned run average in 20 appearances for the Cougars this past season and was second-team All-Mountain West Conference. Hiestand, from Chino, Calif., batted .301 overall and .365 in league games and was fourth on the team with eight home runs. Hiestand started 34 of his 45 games this past season for the Cougars who posted a 38-22 overall record and won the MWC title with a 21-8 mark as well as winning the league tournament.
Su'a and Hiestand follow in the footsteps of current teammates Matt Carson and Kainoa Obrey, who were selected to the Freshman All-America first team and honorable mention, respectively, a year ago.
Carson, BYU's cannon-throwing, slugging right fielder, is one of 29 players invited to the Team USA Trials practice sessions at the Hi Corbett Field facilities in Tucson, Ariz., beginning Saturday, June 16. The official team roster will be determined and announced on June 19.
Team USA will open their schedule against the Chicago Cubs rookie level affiliate in Mesa, Arizona on June 18. They will then travel overseas for the 30th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. Team USA returns to the United States on July 2 and open an eight-game series against the Alaskan Collegiate League teams. From there, the Red, White and Blue Tour moves to Minnesota and parts of Ohio before reaching the east coast. The USA National Team returns to Torrington, Connecticut for a pair of games, and then will
face three more New England Collegiate League affiliates before hosting Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) for a seven-game series along the eastern seaboard to end the summer.
Prior to Carson, David Jensen was selected Freshman All-America first team and was drafted in the 17th round earlier this week by the Cleveland Indians. Jensen, a first-baseman, has been serving a Church mission to Uruguay.