TUCSON, Ariz. (June 4, 2014) – Both Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) of the Rutgers baseball squad were named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The two are the 26th and 27th players in program history to earn All-America status.
RU last had a Freshman All-American in 2010 when both Tyler Gebler and Steve Nyisztor recorded the honor. Patrick Kivlehan was the last All-American from the program when he was named Baseball America Third Team following the 2012 season. Rutgers baseball has now totaled 53 national honors in its history from various publications.
Carter, a third-team all-conference selection, hit .318 in his rookie collegiate season from the leadoff spot in the order. Starting 52 games in centerfield, he tied for the team lead with 67 hits, the fourth-most by a RU freshman in a year since 2000. He also led the squad with a .355 average in conference games and finished second with 34 RBIs overall. Defensively, Carter made one error in 152 chances in the outfield with four assists.
Rosa adds this accolade after picking up American Athletic Conference Co-Rookie of the Year at the conference tournament. The right-hander pitched to a 2.91 ERA in 15 games (11 starts) and 6-3 record this season. The six wins were the most by a RU freshman since 2006 and he held opponents to a .238 average against. Logging 74.1 innings, he paced the league with 15.01 fly outs per game.
The Scarlet Knights finished with a 30-25 record in 2014, including a 14-9 mark in the league to tie for third in the standings.
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