National Award For Tider

All season long, freshman left-hander Wade LeBlanc re-wrote the record books for The University of Alabama baseball team. He added another chapter to the record books by becoming the first freshman in school history to be named the Collegiate Baseball newspaper's National Freshman of the Year.

Wade LeBlanc was named the top freshman in the country along with University of Washington right-hander and Pac 10 Freshman of the Year, Tim Lincecum, and UC Irvine right-hander and Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, Blair Erickson.

In addition to becoming the first freshman in Alabama school history to earn national player of the year honors, LeBlanc was also named to the Collegiate Baseball newspaper's 2004 Freshman All-America team following an excellent inaugural year.

LeBlanc finished his outstanding season setting Alabama freshman records for innings pitched (112.2), strikeouts (98) and complete games (8) and tied the UA freshman record with eight wins on the mound.

In 16 games, including 15 starts, LeBlanc posted an 8-4 record and 2.08 ERA this season. He worked 112 2/3 innings and allowed 87 hits, 37 runs and 26 earned runs, with 26 walks and 98 strikeouts. He also threw eight complete games and pitched three shutouts for the Crimson Tide.

In addition to his freshman records, LeBlanc also ranks among the school's Top 10 single-season leaders in several categories.

His eight complete games tied Gene Lary (1955) for second place on the school's single-season list. The three shutouts also tied Mike Innes (1968) and Drew Blocker (1974) for third-place on the single-season shutout charts.

LeBlanc's 112 2/3 innings pitched tied Dean Hayes (1983) for seventh place on the single-season innings list. The 98 strikeouts tied Jarrod Kingrey (1998) and Steve Shoemaker (1994) for 10th place on the single-season charts at UA.

In addition to being named National Freshman of the Year, LeBlanc was also selected as the 2004 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and was voted as second team All-SEC by the league's 12 head coaches.

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