EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon baseball team announced its 2011 team awards at the annual alumni game last Friday.
Check out the video and award winners:
Most Valuable Pitcher
The Most Valuable Pitcher award was shared by Tyler Anderson and Madison Boer. Anderson, selected in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies, was a Louisville Slugger All-American and ABCA all-West Region selection. Anderson was also named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team for the second consecutive season after completing 2011 with an 8-3 record, 2.17 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 107 and 2/3 innings on the mound. For Anderson, it was his second year winning the award.
Boer received the honor after winning the Most Improved Player award following the 2010 season. A second-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB Draft, Boer managed a 2.27 ERA in 18 appearances, 12 starts and 99 innings of work while holding opposing batters to a .234 clip. Boer recorded a career-best 74 strikeouts in 2011, and finished his three-year UO career with eight saves.
Most Valuable Player
Pac-10 All-Conference selection Danny Pulfer was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2011. Pulfer departed Oregon with a .302 career average, and holds the all-time records for hits (193), doubles (31), at-bats (639), games played (178) and multiple-hit games (58). Following his junior season, he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondback in the 19th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. In 2011, he led the Ducks batting .351 with 79 hits, 16 doubles, two triples and two home runs.
John Hammer Most Improved Player
Senior Kellen Moen was awarded the John Hammer Most Improved Player Award. After making just three appearances on the mound as a junior in 2010, Moen set a new Oregon record in 2011 with eight saves in a single season. Oregon’s closer finished the year with a 3.05 ERA, and was named Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Outstanding Offensive Player
Outstanding Defensive Player
J.J. Altobelli was awarded the Outstanding Defensive Player award for the second consecutive year. As a sophomore in 2011, Alotbelli led the Ducks starting 59 games, mostly playing on the hot corner at third base. His quick glove totaled 147 assists and helped turn 20 double plays.
Outstanding Academic Achievement
During his sophomore season in 2011, Jack Marder was named to both the Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team and the 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team with a 3.35 GPA.
Most Improved Academic Achievement
Best Teammate & Team Captains
Scott McGough and Shawn Peterson received the Best Teammate award. A three-year reliever at Oregon, McGough compiled a career ERA of 3.33 in 135 and 1/3 innings tossed. His nine career saves rank second all time, while his 74 appearances on the mound are more than any other Duck in the history of the program. McGough was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Peterson spent three years at Oregon as well, redshirting in 2009 before taking the field in 2010 and 2011 for his junior and senior seasons. The native of Eugene is one of only two players since Oregon baseball was reinstated to hit over .300 for his career. In two years, Peterson batted .324 (77-for-238) and drove in 36 runs with 16 doubles, one home run, a .403 slugging percentage and a .396 on-base percentage.