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Kentucky Wildcats' Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis named Freshman All-America

Kentucky's bullpen showed drastic improvement this season, and a pair of freshmen played a big role in that.

On Monday, the Wildcats' Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis were named Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball.

The duo combined for six wins and all 12 of UK's saves during the 2016 season.

Hjelle, a 6-foot-11 right-hander from Minnesota, compiled a 4-1 record with eight saves and a 3.74 ERA. All four of his wins came against SEC opponents -- Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina. The Gators and Gamecocks were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, at the time of those victories. He struck out 29 batters in 21.2 innings on the mound.

Lewis, a 6-foot-6 right-hander from Georgia, went 2-0 with four saves and a 2.08 ERA. One of his saves came against top-ranked Florida. He struck out 25 batters in 30.1 innings of work this season and held opposing batters to a .221 average.

It marks the second time that UK has had two Freshman All-Americans in the same year. Outfielder Austin Cousino and pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed were both selected in 2012.


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