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Princeton's Ford Named to Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team

Princeton's Mike Ford
Princeton's Mike Ford

Complete Collegiate Baseball 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team

Courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League Rookie of the Year Mike Ford was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team on Wednesday, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Ford was a presence for the Tigers at the plate, on the mound and in the field in his first season wearing the Orange and Black.

Ford batted .300 at the plate as the team's everyday first baseman. He had 51 hits in 170 at-bats and started all 47 games that Princeton played. He added nine doubles, a triple and three home runs while driving in 31 runs, the second highest total on the team.

On the mound, Ford was 5-4 with a 3.95 ERA. He tossed 70.2 innings and allowed 31 earned runs on 74 hits. He tied for the team lead with five wins. In Ivy only games, Ford was 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA. The freshman righty allowed 16 earned runs over his first eight innings, but allowed just 15 earned runs over his next 62.2 innings as he lowered his ERA in each of his last nine starts of the season.

Ford was a second-team All-Ivy selection at both first base and starting pitcher. He became the fourth Princeton Ivy League Rookie of the Year joining Max Krance, Chris Young and Ross Ohlendorf.