Two former Rocky Mountain High School baseball players were named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans on Wednesday.
Carl Stajduhar and Tyler Stevens, who helped lead New Mexico to a 32-27 record and a berth in the Mountain West championship game last month, were honored by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. It was the first time in program history New Mexico had multiple players on the freshman All-American team. Cory Voss, a catcher from Pueblo, joined the former Fort Collins residents as the third Lobo on the team.
Stevens, a pitcher, set New Mexico’s freshman record for wins (five) and ERA (3.44), which was the lowest on the team. He struck out 42 batters while holding opponents to a .244 batting average. Stevens threw a one-hitter against Air Force on April 12 to become the first New Mexico pitcher in 50 years to throw a complete game and only allow a single hit.
Stadjduhar, the Lobos’ third baseman, set freshman records as well, but at the plate, tallying 53 RBIs on the season and led the team with 75 hits, 21 doubles, nine home runs and 127 total bases. He was a second-team All-Mountain West selection.
Stevens and Stajduhar graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in 2014 and won the Class 5A state baseball title with the Lobos as seniors.
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