Bucs' Freeman makes Olerud watch list
Apr 28, 2013 at 7:38 AM
LUBBOCK, Texas — East Tennessee State junior Clinton Freeman is drawing attention with his bat, his arm and his glove.The first baseman/pitcher out of David Crockett High School was one of 25 players named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list.“These players are contributing to their teams’ success in multiple ways,” said Sam Dowell, Olerud Award co-chair. “To see the numbers they have compiled throughout the season is very impressive.”The left-hander from Jonesborough helped the Buccaneers build a 24-17 overall record this season and put up a 13-8 mark in Atlantic Sun Conference play.Freeman leads the A-Sun in slugging percentage (.667), ranks second in home runs (10) and total bases (109), is tied for second in doubles (15) and third in triples (3), ranks fourth in RBIs (45), ranks sixth in batting average (.360) and ranks eighth in hits (58).He has a team-leading 14 multi-RBI games and is tied for second on the team with 15 multi-hit games.Freeman reached base safely in the first 17 games to start the season, and has done so in 35 of 41 games with the Bucs this year.While putting up huge numbers at bat, Freeman also has excelled on the mound for the Bucs. He has a 4-1 record with a 3.92 ERA and six saves in 18 appearances, three of them starts. He has converted on all six of his save opportunities this year, going 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA in 15 appearances out of the bullpen. Twelve of those relief appearances were scoreless, and his total of six saves is tied for second among A-Sun pitchers.Players from 18 different conferences made the Olerud Award watch list. The award will be presented June 29 in Lubbock, Texas as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions.