Freshman Chris Anderson arrived on the First Coast as a starting pitcher out of Minnesota but a move to the closer role has paid dividends for him after being named Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball.
Anderson, who also earned A-Sun second team and all-freshman honors, gives JU a freshman All-America for the second straight season after outfielder Dan Gulbransen and first baseman Adam Brett Walker received the accolade from three separate outlets (NCBWA, Louisville Slugger, PING!Baseball.com) in 2010.
“The amount of freshmen that we had on our squad in 2010 was the most since I have been coaching,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Chris is an example of the talent that came out of that freshman group. He did a tremendous job of adjusting his role to help the program and he flourished. We are looking for more great things from Chris as his career continues.”
Anderson, who was forced to move to the closer role after injuries plagued the pitching staff, proved one of the top closers in the conference by ranking second with 11 saves. He also was the workhorse of staff by setting a program single-season record with 36 appearances. Anderson finished third on the JU staff with a 4-2 record while ranking second with a .229 opponent batting average.
He earned A-Sun “Player of the Week” honors on April 11 after saving games one and two before earning the win in extra innings in a series sweep over Mercer at Claude Smith Field.