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Zach Plesac Named National Freshman Pitcher of the Year

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Ball State was the regular season MAC champions this year, but all of this wouldn't have been possible without this freshman pitcher.

Zach Plesac earns another nationally-recognized award.
Zach Plesac earns another nationally-recognized award.
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Already earning Third Team All-American honors by Louisville Slugger, Zach Plesac was named the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Plesac (12-2) appeared in 25 games with six starts and one complete game for the Cardinals. With a team-best 2.11 earned run average, the right-hander had 67 strikeouts, six saves and held his opponents to a .238 batting average.

Here's how Plesac compares to other freshman pitchers around the Mid-American Conference:

APP-GS CG IP ERA WHIP K/BB H OPP BA
Zach Plesac 25-6 6 85.1 2.11 1.266 67/33 75 0.238
Nick Deeg (Central Michigan) 14-14 1 81.2 4.08 1.420 64/26 90 0.279
Eric Lauer (Kent State) 15-14 0 80.0 3.26 1.175 64/36 58 0.204
Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan) 15-8 0 56.1 4.63 1.633 29/22 70 0.306