Young, Sobotka Named Freshmen All-Americans

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Mercer freshman third baseman Chesny Young and USC Upstate relief pitcher Chad Sobotka were voted onto the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team as announced by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday afternoon.

Mercer has now placed a player on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team in four of the past five seasons. Young joins Derrick Workman (2011), Jacob Tanis (2009) and Joe Winker (2008) as previous Bears to earn the national honor.

Young was one of only three players from the seven Division I schools in the state of Georgia to be recognized on the list.

Young had a sparkling debut season for Mercer, ranking third in the A-Sun Conference with a .367 batting average, fourth with a .443 on-base percentage and seventh with 79 hits.

Young also ranked first in the conference and 11th nationally with 18 sacrifice bunts and strung together a team-high 18-game hitting streak from April 11-May 13.

The recognition by Louisville Slugger is the second major award Young has received over the past two weeks, as he was voted the A-Sun Conference Freshman of the Year on May 22.

The Spartans' Sobotka was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen Team and posted 12 saves and a 3-0 record to go along with a 1.72 ERA. He fanned 34 batters and walked 16 over 31 1/3 innings in 25 appearances.

Follow the Atlantic Sun on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.