﹛﹛Cullowhee, N.C. 每 Western Carolina freshman shortstop Pascanel Ferreras was named to the 2021 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team, powered by Diamond Sports, the publication announced today.
﹛﹛Ferreras is the eighth Catamount to earn Freshman All-America status from Collegiate Baseball since 1991 每 and the fifth freshman under head coach Bobby Moranda. He was the only representative from the Southern Conference on the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America squad.
﹛﹛Ferreras added the Freshman All-American honor to his litany of postseason accolades that included being named second-team All-Southern Conference at shortstop and selected to the SoCon’s All-Freshman team. He additionally garnered SoCon All-Tournament team plaudits after leading WCU to the championship game with seven hits including five for extra bases with three homers and 10 RBI at Fluor Field.
﹛﹛A product of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Parkview High, Ferreras finished his rookie collegiate season with a .329 batting average over 49 games, collecting 70 base hits including 11 doubles, two triples, and a team-leading 16 home runs, the second-most in the Southern Conference. He scored 56 runs to finish second on the Catamount squad while his team-best 56 RBI and 133 total bases led the conference. He ranked 38th nationally with a 1.14 RBI per game average.
﹛﹛Equally as impressive for Ferreras was his performance in the field. Starting every game at shortstop, Ferreras recorded 129 assists and 75 putouts while turning a SoCon-leading 38 double-plays helping the Catamounts rank ninth nationally with a 0.96 double-plays per game average.
﹛﹛Ferreras is expected to play this summer with the Yarmouth-Denis Red Sox of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League which opens its altered 2021 season on June 20.
﹛﹛A combined 97 freshmen nationwide were honored with the list including 18 starting pitchers, 11 relief pitchers, and 68 position players. Selections were made by nominations from school media relations/sports information offices as well as respective conference offices.
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﹛﹛WCU’s Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-America Selections:
﹛﹛1991 每 Phillip Grundy
﹛﹛1996 每 Chris Moore
﹛﹛2005 每 Steven Strausbaugh
﹛﹛2009 每 Ross Heffley
﹛﹛2012 每 Jacob Hoyle
﹛﹛2014 每 Bryan Sammons
﹛﹛2018 每 Justice Bigbie
﹛﹛2021 每 Pascanel Ferreras
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