TUCSON, Ariz. – The accolades continue to roll in for a pair of Oregon pitchers as Alex Keudell and Jimmie Sherfy were named Louisville Slugger All-Americans, it was announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Thursday.
Keudell, recently named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, earned second team honors after finishing the regular season with a record of 10-4 in 2012.
The fourth-year senior’s 10 wins set the new Oregon single-season record, and his 23 career wins tie for first all-time at Oregon while his 110 and 1/3 innings pitched in 2012 is a new UO single-season record.
Keudell’s 2.12 ERA ranks third in the Pac-12 amongst starters, and his 10 wins tie for third. In conference games only, the Portland, Ore., native led all pitchers with an 8-2 record.
Against top-25 competition this season, Keudell is 5-1 with an ERA of 1.75 after allowing nine earned runs in 46 and 1/3 innings on the mound. Against ranked opponents, he has tossed two complete games including one shutout.
Between March 23 and May 18, Keudell won nine consecutive starts. During that stretch he posted a 9-0 record with a 1.14 ERA allowing just nine runs in 71 and 1/3 innings.
Earlier this season, Keudell was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weekends after he tossed seven shutout innings at then No. 5 UCLA, scattering eight hits while striking out two in a 6-2 win on April 5. The following weekend, he allowed just one run on five hits while walking no one and striking out a season-best seven in a 4-2 win at then No. 6 Stanford on April 13.
Sherfy, who has been chosen to compete on the 2012 Collegiate National Team, was named to the third team as a reliever.
The Pac-12 All-Conference pick enters the postseason leading the league and ranking fourth in the country with 17 saves. The sophomore right-hander has made 31 appearances, and in 55 innings pitched has struck out 84 batters – an average of 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
A native of Camarillo, Calif., Sherfy sports a 2.29 ERA and a 4-2 record, while holding opposing batters to a .176 clip. He was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Watch List earlier this season.
Sherfy was also named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after striking out 13 in relief on Feb. 18, tossing five and 2/3 shutout innings at Hawai’i as the Ducks prevailed 3-2. During a nine-game win streak from May 6-23, Sherfy tossed 11 and 2/3 shutout innings in seven appearances, earning five saves and one victory while fanning 21 batters.
This season, he has inherited 26 runners, allowing six to score.
In addition, sophomore second baseman Aaron Payne and freshman right-hander Jake Reed were added as Pac-12 honorable mention picks.
Payne, the only player to start all 59 games this season, is batting .287 on the season (.307 Pac-12 play), and in UO’s last 10 games is hitting .324. He leads the Ducks with 37 runs scored and 15 stolen bases, and has been plunked 22 times to lead the Pac-12.
The native of San Clemente, Calif., was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for two weeks in a row as the Ducks finished a nine-game stretch 7-2 with a series sweep of Cal and a series win at then 11th-ranked Arizona. During that nine-game stretch, Payne batted .324 and drove in a team-leading 11 runs.
Reed is 6-4 as a true freshman and Oregon’s Saturday starter. The Ducks are 10-5 in Reed’s 15 starts as the La Mesa, Calif., native leads the UO staff with 13 quality starts while also managing a 3.14 ERA. Reed pitched seven shutout innings in Oregon’s 5-0 win at then No. 6 Stanford on April 14, and held then 14th-ranked Arizona State scoreless in seven and 1/3 innings while striking out four in a 3-1 Oregon win on March 31.
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