June 6, 2007
TUSCON, Ariz. - UCLA freshman outfielder Gabe Cohen has earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, the baseball newspaper announced Wednesday. Cohen joins three other Pac-10 freshmen on the All-America team.
Cohen has registered a .348 batting average with 10 home runs, 36 RBI, 34 runs and a .556 slugging percentage as a freshman this season. The Woodland Hills, Calif., resident captured Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year honors and earned a selection on the All-Pac-10 team at the conclusion of the regular season.
Cohen has played in 54 of the Bruins' 59 games, has made 49 starts (all in right field), and has started in each of UCLA's last 41 games. His 10 home runs are the most by a freshman at UCLA since Wes Whisler belted 18 round-trippers his freshman season. In Cohen's first collegiate start (Feb. 4 vs. Winthrop), he finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam home run and a career-best five RBI.
Other Pac-10 selections accompanying Cohen on Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America team include Arizona catcher Dwight Childs, California outfielder Jeff Kobernus and USC shortstop Grant Green, who also earned Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year honors.
The UCLA baseball team, ranked No. 20 by Baseball America this week, play a best-of-three game series at Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend. Saturday's series-opener is slated for 4 p.m. (PST) on ESPN. The Bruins and Titans play game two Sunday at 7 p.m. (PST) and will play game three Monday at 4 p.m. (PST) if necessary. The final two games will be broadcast on ESPN2.