Kraft and Whiting Named Freshman All-Americans
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Centenary pitchers Justin Kraft and Boone Whiting were selected to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team on Wednesday. The team was chosen by Collegiate Baseball.


Kraft finished the year with a 9-5 record, a 3.48 ERA, three complete games and 85 innings of work. The Yakima, Wash., native also struck out a team-best 67 batters and his nine wins tied the school mark for victories in a season.


This season, Kraft also ranked among the NCAA best in ERA (125th), victories (24th), strike outs per nine innings (381st), strike outs (206th), hits allowed per nine innings (360th) and walks allowed per nine innings (226th).


Whiting, meanwhile, led the Gents with a 1.92 ERA, and he tied the school record for saves in a season with five.


Midway through the season he moved into the starting rotation and threw two complete games and struck out 45, which was good for second on the team. The Summit League coaches also picked the Oakdale, Calif., native first team all-league.


Whiting also ranked in the NCAA for ERA (6th), saves (125th), strike outs per nine innings (464th), hits allowed per nine innings (63rd) and walks allowed per nine innings (305th).


“This is one of the greatest individual honors that these two fine pitchers can earn,” said head coach Ed McCann. “We could always count on Kraft and Whiting to go out on the hill and get the job done this season.”


Kraft and Whiting were also the only two from The Summit League to be picked for the Freshmen All-American Team.