Arizona Designated Hitter Jacob Berry and seeker Daniel Susac are among 34 outstanding freshman college baseball players on the 2021 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) freshman team, the organization announced Monday.
Susac is hitting .329 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs and Berry is batting 0.359 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs.
They are two major contributors to Arizona making its 18th College World Series appearance. The Wildcats open the CWS in Omaha, Neb., With a Saturday game against Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Tucson time on ESPN.
The 2021 NCBWA Freshman All-America National Team includes players from 29 different schools and 12 different conferences.
Arizona, LSU and Texas Tech were the only programs with two players on the first team. California and TCU had two players on the second team.
The Big 12 led all conferences with seven players selected from both teams combined, placing four players in the first team and three in the second team. The SEC (four first team and two second team) and Pac-12 (two first team and four second team) put six players each on the team.
Susac and Berry were named college baseball All-Americans and co-freshmen of the year last week.
Berry is also a finalist for the Slugger Award and he is a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Award.
Susac is a semi-finalist for the Buster Posey Award.
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