EUGENE, Ore. – Garrett Cleavinger and Cole Irvin have been named second-team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced today. It is the second honor for both pitchers who were named to the Louisville Slugger’s Freshmen All-American Baseball Team last week.
Cleavinger (Baldwin City, Kan./Lawrence HS) finished the season with a 9-0 record, two saves and a 1.24 ERA in 37 appearances out of the bullpen for the Ducks. He allowed just 20 hits in 43.2 innings while striking out 57 and walking 24. The lefty matched a school record for lowest opponent batting average (.137), while finishing second all-time in single season appearances and third in single-season wins. He was dominant in Pac-12 Conference play with a 4-0 record with a 1.77 ERA, while allowing just eight hits and striking out 24 in 20.1 innings. Cleavinger also put together a strong Eugene Regional Tournament allowing no runs in 5.1 innings pitched in three appearances. He struck out seven and walked one in the tournament.Irvin (Yorba Linda, Calif./Servite HS) set an Oregon record finishing with 12 wins while earning honorable mention all-conference recognition. He finished with a 12-3 record and a 2.48 ERA with four complete games. The left-hander finished second in program history in innings pitched (116.0) while also ranking in a tie for third all-time in wins starts (16). He was 7-3 with a 2.88 ERA in Pac-12 games with two complete games. Irvin was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice as well as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) National Player of the Week once. He earned a spot on the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team after throwing a complete game where he allowed just one run on six hits while striking out nine.
The Ducks were one of six teams to place multiple players on the NCBWA All-America Teams. In addition to Oregon, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, North Florida and Sacramento State had two players earn freshmen honors.
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