June 12, 2007
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - UCLA outfielder Gabe Cohen and right-handed pitcher Garett Claypool have captured Rivals.com Freshman All-America honors. Cohen was one of three outfielders to earn Freshman All-America first-team honors, and Claypool gained Freshman All-America second-team accolades as a relief pitcher.
The announcement from Rivals.com comes one day after Cohen and Claypool earned All Ping!Baseball freshman team accolades. Cohen has also earned Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year accolades and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors.
Cohen, Jordan Henry (Mississippi) and Mark Sobolewski (Miami) were the three outfielders named Freshman All-America first-team selections by Rivals.com. Claypool and UC Riverside right-hander Joe Kelly earned Freshman All-American second-team honors in the relief pitcher category.
Cohen hit at a .345 clip his first season at UCLA, posting the second-highest batting average on the club. The Woodland Hills, Calif., resident swatted 10 home runs and collected 36 RBI, 35 runs and a .549 slugging percentage. Cohen's totals of 10 home runs and 36 RBI were the highest by a freshman at UCLA since Wes Whisler collected 18 home runs and 46 RBI in 2002.
Claypool tallied a 3.54 ERA, a 3-1 record and four saves in 24 appearances. The West Hills, Calif., native recorded 35 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. The freshman right-hander excelled as UCLA's primary Tuesday starter. In seven starts (all Tuesday games), Claypool compiled a perfect 3-0 record and tallied a 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings.