Schmidt Named Freshman All-American

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas pitcher Nick Schmidt was named to his second Freshman All-American team by Baseball America on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-hander from High Ridge, Mo., was named a starting pitcher for Baseball America's second team All-Freshmen squad. Earlier this month, he was selected to Louisville Slugger's Freshman All-American team.

"For a true freshman coming and pitching on Friday nights in the Southeastern Conference is an accomplishment on its own," Van Horn said. "He just had a tremendous season for us and we even threw away two or three of his wins."

Schmidt posted an 8-2 record and 2.80 ERA in 99 2/3 innings this season. He struck out 89, walked 39 and opponents batted just .235 against him.

"His attitude was the difference," Van Horn said. "He never pitched scared and he really did a great job of letting (UA pitching) coach (Dave) Jorn coach him and you could really see him improve and mature with each start. I'm really looking forward to watching him the next few years and following him throughout his career. He's got a bright future."

Tennessee's James Adkins was one of four starters on Baseball America's first team and other Southeastern Conference pitchers were Vanderbilt starter David Price and Alabama reliever David Robertson, who both were named to the second team.

Tennessee catcher J.P. Arencibia was the only position player from the SEC on the team.

Schmidt and teammate Danny Hamblin currently are in North Carolina competing in the 2005 USA Baseball Team Trials.

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