NC State's Knizner named to freshman All-America baseball team

From News ReleasesJune 4, 2014 

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N.C. State's Andrew Knizner slides safely into home as Coastal Carolina catcher Tyler Chadwick fields the throw in the fifth inning at Doak Field in Raleigh. The Wolfpack won 11-1.


N.C. State third baseman Andrew Knizner is one of five ACC freshmen to make Louisville Slugger's Freshmen All-American team and earn an All-ACC mention

Knizner finished his freshman campaign as a third-team All-ACC selection, hitting .330 with 11 doubles, four homer, one triple, and 47 RBIs.

The ACC featured seven players among Louisville Slugger's Freshman All-Americans. Wake Forest's Will Craig was the only other ACC third baseman on the team, a competitor Knizner edged for his All-ACC mention.

This summer, Knizner will work on improving his game in the Cape Cod League alongside Wolfpack rising sophomores Ryan Williamson and Preston Palmeiro.

N.C. Central: Carlos Ortiz earned a spot on the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball Team on Wednesday, becoming the first member of the modern era of the program to earn that distinction.

Ortiz finished his first year as an Eagle batting .321 with 51 hits in 45 games that included five doubles, a triple, six home runs, and 25 RBIs as he earned second team All-MEAC honors.


East Carolina: The Big South Conference named former East Carolina infielder Isonette Polonius (1997-99) to its 1990-99 Softball All-Decade Team as the league celebrates its 30th Anniversary and recognizes former student-athletes and coaches who excelled in their respective sports since the league’s founding in 1983.

Polonius, a two-time NFCA All-America selection, received Big South Player-of-the-Year honors in back-to-back campaigns in 1998 and 1999 while earning All-Big South recognition during all three years she played for the Pirates. Fifteen years after her final season, she remains in sole possession of the career and single season school records for batting average, home runs and runs batted in, respectively.

Women’s tennis

North Carolina: Freshman Jamie Loeb is the nation’s top women’s tennis singles player, according to the final ITA National Rankings. Classmate Hayley Carter finishes her first season at Carolina ranked third, while Caroline Price is 49th and Ashley Dai checks in at No. 97.

In doubles, Carter and Loeb are ranked third, while Price and Whitney Kay come in at No. 9. Laura Slater and Kate Vialle are 57th.

Women’s golf

Duke: Following a standout freshman campaign with the Duke women’s golf team, rookie Yu Liu has decided to turn professional.

Liu, who is from Beijing, China, finished tied 12th in her professional debut over the weekend in the Beijing Challenge with rounds of 70, 73 and 71 for a 214.

Liu was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned WGCA Second Team All-America, while her 72.36 stroke average is the third-lowest by a freshman in Duke history.

Along with the NCAA Championship, Liu helped lead Duke to five team victories, including the ACC Championship. She finished the season ranked No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

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