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Eagles' Griffin named Freshman All-American
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Georgia Southern's Chase Griffin, left, in this April 13 file photo against Appalachian State, has been named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff


    Georgia Southern's Chase Griffin on Wednesday was selected as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
    A graduate of Lee County High School in Leesburg, Griffin is the first GSU freshman since Eric Phillips to receive the honor and he is the only GSU catcher to receive the honor.
    Matt Miller in 2006 was the last GSU player to be named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-American team.
    Griffin, the Southern Conference's Freshman of the Year, hit .320 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles and 42 runs batted in. He is the first Eagle to reach double figures in home runs since Steve Walston did it in 1996.
    Griffin led GSU in home runs and also led freshmen in NCAA Division I for most of the season. He hit nine of his 10 homers during a stretch of 20 games from March 17-April 15.
    The 6-foot, 190-pound Griffin was among five catchers to receive the Freshman All-American honor. He was joined by South Carolina's Grayson Greiner, Indiana's Kyle Schwarber, Virginia Tech's Mark Zagunis and Alabama State's Richard Gonzalez.
    Collegiate Baseball named Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto the Freshman Player of the Year.