Huffman and Arrieta earn All-American accolades
June 13, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta and junior first baseman Chad Huffman have earned second and third-team All-American honors, respectively, from Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association, it was announced Tuesday. It is the first time since 1994 that multiple Horned Frogs have earned All-American honors.
Arrieta had an outstanding first season in Division I baseball, tying for the nation's lead in wins with 14. The Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year was 14-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 2006. In 111 innings pitched, he fanned 111 batters while walking just 37. He was responsible for two of the Frogs three shutouts in 2006 as he twirled a complete-game shutout against Utah on May 5 and combined to shut out UT-Pan American on May 12.
As well as being named first-team all-conference this season, the sophomore was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week three times. He was also one the initial 21 invitees to the Team USA tryouts which begin later this month.
For the fourth straight season, a member of the Horned Frog pitching staff has earned All-American accolades. In 2003, Clayton Jerome was named second-team All-American and in 2004, Robbie Findlay was an honorable mention honoree. Lance Broadway was a first-team All-American a year ago.
Huffman was the hottest hitter for the Frogs this season, helping lead them to the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles for the first time in school history. He has put together hitting streaks of 22 and 15 games. He lead the team with a .388 batting average in 57 games played despite missing six starts with a pulled hamstring in March. He drove in a career-high 71 runs to pace the squad and connected for a career-high 18 home runs. While hitting for power, the junior showed his patience at the plate as he drew a team-high 38 bases on balls.
Along with putting up some gaudy numbers in 2006, Huffman steadily climbed the career charts and ranks second in most offensive categories behind his brother, Royce. He is second all-time in hits (263), runs scored (180), total bases (439) and doubles (49), while ranking third all-time with 39 career home runs.
He becomes the first Horned Frog position player to earn All-American honors since Terry Trofholz was named second-team All-American in 2002. Huffman was honored as a first-team all-conference performer earlier this season. Earlier this month, he was honored by Louisville Slugger as a third-team All-American. On June 6, the junior was drafted in the second round with the 53rd overall pick by the San Diego Padres.
Joining Arrieta and Huffman on the NCBWA All-American squad from the Mountain West is second-team honoree, shortstop Ryan Khoury of Utah and third-team selection, outfielder Ben Saylor of BYU. Left-handed pitcher Danny Ray Herrera of New Mexico was named third-team all-American by Baseball America.