June 9, 2010
TUSCON, Ariz. – University of Cincinnati freshman pitcher Andrew Strenge (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) capped off an impressive rookie campaign with the Bearcats after being named a 2010 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Collegiate Baseball announced this afternoon.
Strenge was one of 12 relief pitchers to earn the freshman all-America honor after this season making 15 appearances, including four starts, and finishing with a 1.93 ERA in 46.2 innings of work. Strenge posted an overall record of 7-1 and struck out 40 batters while yielding just 11 extra-base hits of the 46 hits allowed.
In conference-only action, the Yardley, Pa., native set the BIG EAST Conference single-season ERA record with a 0.62 ERA, breaking Seton Hall’s Chris Noonan’s record of 0.81 set during the 2003 season. He finished as the league leader in conference-only play not only in ERA, but in opponents batting average (.208), hits allowed (22), runs allowed (5), earned runs allowed (2), and walks allowed (1).
In his first career start against No. 20 Connecticut on May 9, Strenge tossed a complete game, becoming UC’s first freshman to toss a complete game since Dan Osterbrock in May of 2006. He followed up that performance by tossing 8.0 innings and striking out a career-high nine batters en route to a win against No. 22 Pittsburgh in his next start.
From May 1 to May 22, Strenge completed 24.2 innings without giving an earned run, which was the second-longest streak in the country without giving up an earned run.
Strenge becomes the sixth Bearcats baseball player to be named a Freshman All-American and the first since Josh Harrison and Steve Blevins were tabbed with the honor in 2006.