June 16, 2010
Ping! Baseball Names Rutledge To Freshman All-America Team
Ping! Baseball has named Samford freshman left-handed pitcher Lex Rutledge to its First-Team Freshman All-America team, it was announced on Monday.
The Ping! team is the second Freshman All-America team Rutledge has been named to. He was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team last week. Rutledge was also selected to participate in the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials in June.
Rutledge, a native of Tupelo, Miss., was one of just two relief pitchers named to the first team. The first team includes six total pitchers (4 starters and 2 relievers).
Rutledge had a stellar freshman season at Samford in 2010. Serving as the team's closer, Rutledge tied a Samford record with 11 saves. He also posted a record of 5-1 and an impressive 1.71 ERA in 47.1 innings of work. He also led the team in strikeouts with 65 on the season.
At the conclusion of the season, Rutledge was named second-team All-Conference in the Southern Conference, and he was named to the SoCon's All-Freshman team.
Rutledge was the lone Southern Conference player on the first team. Appalachian State third baseman Hector Crespo and Furman shortstop Will Muzika were named to the third team.