Three Tigers Named Freshmen All-American

Auburn, Ala.--Grant Dayton, Brian Fletcher and Hunter Morris were each tabbed Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The selections of Grant Dayton, Brian Fletcher and Hunter Morris gave Auburn three selections. That was the most by a SEC school and Auburn was one of just three schools nationally to have three players selected.

Dayton won six SEC starts out of Auburn's 11 conference wins this season.

Dayton, from Huntsville, Ala., established himself as Auburn's ace on Friday night's, leading the staff with a 7-2 record while collecting a 3.89 ERA, the lowest among Auburn's starters. In 81.0 innings (18 appearances/14 starts) the lefty struckout a team-high 79 hitters against just 13 walks, issuing multiple walks in just two outings. After suffering a loss in his first career SEC start, the reshirt-freshman rattled off six straight victories. The SEC All-Freshman choice was one of just three SEC pitchers to be named a Freshman All-American.

Fletcher came on strong in SEC play and finished the year as one of Auburn's best performers.

Fletcher, from Fayetteville, Ga., and a SEC All-Freshman team selection, hit .324 with 10 homers, 17 doubles, three triples and 42 RBI, starting 50 games. His .611 slugging percentage was the second-highest on the team while his batting average was third. He reached base safely in 44 out of 54 games played and scored a run in 30 games. The SEC All-Freshman selection was one of just two outfielders from the SEC to be named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

Morris, also from Huntsville and the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Second Team All-SEC choice, hit a team-leading .351 in 54 games, mashing 15 doubles, two triples and 11 home runs, driving in 49 runs. Auburn's everyday first baseman, he hit safely in 44 games this year and had at least one extra-base hit in 24 games, finishing with a .597 slugging percentage and a .433 on-base percentage while drawing 29 walks, all which ranked in the top three on the team. He was the only SEC first baseman recognized by Collegiate Baseball and was recently invited by USA Baseball to tryout for the 2008 National Team.

Auburn has now tallied five Freshmen All-Americans in the last three seasons as Mike Bianucci and Luke Greinke both had the honor bestowed upon them in 2006.

Auburn, Cal State Fullerton and Charleston Southern were the only schools to have three Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans and Auburn was the only SEC team with multiple selections.

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