June 6, 2012
Three Conference USA players have been named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team, it was announced by the publication on Wednesday. Southern Miss RHP/OF Mason Robbins, the 2012 C-USA Freshman of the Year, is joined by Golden Eagles reliever Bradley Roney and UCF LHP Eric Skoglund on the elite list of collegiate rookies.
Robbins, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder, was named to the team at Multiple Position Athlete. The first Southern Miss C-USA Freshman of The Year hit .330 with 11 doubles, five triples, three homers and 38 RBI. He started the season with an 18-game hitting streak and led the squad in multiple-hit games with 22 and added 10 multi-RBI contests. He also emerged into the squad's Sunday starter in league play and posted a 1-0 with a 4.01 ERA and struck out 17 batters in 33 2/3 innings.
Roney, an infielder/right-handed pitcher was chosen at Relief Pitcher after posting the most-ever saves by a Golden Eagle freshman. He ended the year with a 2-1 record and a 2.42 ERA. Roney fanned 26 in 26 innings of work and opponents hit just .200 off of him during the campaign. Offensively, Roney batted .227 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 44 at bats in a limited role at third base for the program.
Skoglund was a part-time starter for the Knights, finishing with a 5-3 record to go along with a 3.21 ERA. He posted wins over No. 9 Miami, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Harvard and Siena, while striking out 45 batter and walking just 19 in 47.2 innings of work.
This is the 14th consecutive year that Conference USA has produced at least three Freshman All-Americans.