UPTON NAMED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN
June 4, 2014
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MARTIN, Tenn. – Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ben Upton as one of its Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans this afternoon.
Upton becomes the third Skyhawk baseball player to ever achieve Freshman All-American status, joining Phil Sorensen (2011) and Wes Patterson (2008) on the prestigious list.
A Kingwood, Texas native, Upton was one of five designated hitters to be named a Freshman All-American, joining Michigan’s Carmen Benedetti, USC’s Jeremy Martinez, Tennessee’s Nick Senzel and Gardner-Webb’s Matt Simmons. All in all, 95 freshmen were recognized by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, the voice of amateur baseball since 1958.
Upton developed into one of UT Martin’s best hitters and power threats during his debut season in 2014. He played in 43 games (39 of which were starts) and hit .267 with a .317 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage. He ranked second on the squad in hits (40), home runs (five), RBI’s (28) and total bases (64) while also cranking seven doubles and scoring 14 runs.
The 6-1, 208-pound left-handed swinging Upton led the Skyhawks with nine multi-RBI games and ranked second on the team with 10 multi-hit games. He emerged as one of the team’s best clutch hitters, hitting to the tune of .333 (19-for-57) with runners in scoring position.
This marks the second postseason accolade for Upton, who was also named to the 13-man Ohio Valley Conference All-Freshman team on May 20.