Gutierrez & Poteete Earn Freshmen All-America Honors|
This year marks the third time in school history a pair of Red Raiders were named Freshmen All-Americans
June 5, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech first baseman Eric Gutierrez (Mission, Texas) and designated hitter Jarrard Poteete (Braggs, Okla.) were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced Wednesday morning.
The duo becomes the ninth and 10th Freshmen All-Americans in school history while this season marks just the third time in Tech history where a pair of Red Raiders received Freshmen All-American honors.
Gutierrez was one of three first basemen selected to the team while Poteete was one of eight designated hitters to receive the award. Gutierrez and Poteete were among eight freshmen from the Big 12 Conference that were named to the list.
Gutierrez completed his freshman campaign hitting a home run in four consecutive games during the final three games of the regular season against Baylor and in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City against Kansas State.
He batted .251 (48-for-191) with 35 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 29 RBI while leading the team with seven home runs and setting a freshman school record with 20 hit-by-pitch. Gutierrez is just the third freshmen in school history to lead the team in home runs.
Poteete was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team and received All-Big 12 honorable mention during his first collegiate season. He batted .280 (47-for-168) with 34 runs, 10 doubles, three home runs and 25 RBI while leading the team with 35 walks and a .411 on-base percentage.
Poteete finished the season with 12 multi-hit games and he recorded four three-hit games during his final 11 games of the season.
The Red Raiders have had five Freshmen All-Americans during the last four years. This marks the first time multiple Tech freshmen have earned the award in the same season since Barrett Barnes and Jamodrick McGruder both took home Freshmen All-America honors in 2010.
The first time in school history a duo each received the honor was in 2006 when outfielder Roger Kieschnick and right-handed pitcher Miles Moran were named to the prestigious list.
TEXAS TECH FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICANS