Dec. 17, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Two members of the Arizona State University baseball team were named Preseason First Team All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the NCBWA has announced. Juniors Mike Leake and Jason Kipnis both earned First Team honors, Leake at the utility position and Kipnis as an outfielder.
Both Leake and Kipnis were also named to the Wallace Award Watch List, the award given to the nation's top collegiate player.
"It's a great thing for our program when every year we can have different guys be mentioned for these types of awards," said head coach Pat Murphy. "This year it is Mike (Leake) and Jason (Kipnis), last year it was Ike Davis and Brett Wallace, and before them guys like Eric Sogard and Colin Curtis."
Leake (Fallbrook, Calif.) won the 2008 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Award after going 11-3 with a 3.49 ERA, leading the Sun Devils to their second straight Pac-10 championship. Leake led the conference with 121.1 innings pitched and his 11 victories were the second most in the conference. He struck out 104 batters while issuing only 20 walks. He also hit .340 with two homers and 11 RBI while playing multiple positions in both the infield and the outfield. Leake was an All-American in 2008, as well as a Clemens Award Semifinalist, First Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection and a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII choice.
Kipnis (Northbrook, Ill.) was named the 2008 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring to ASU from Kentucky. He hit .371 with 14 homers and 73 RBI and led the Sun Devils with 24 stolen bases. He drew 51 walks and scored 76 runs, second highest total on the team. Kipnis was named an All-American as well as a First Team All-Pac-10 selection in 2008.