MORGANTOWN, W. VA. (NCBWA) – Florida first baseman Preston
Tucker and Florida State left-handed starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin
have been named the 2009 Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association’s Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients,
as announced by the organization today.
won the Gators’ version of the Triple Crown with a .364 batting
average, a school-record 85 RBIs and 15 home runs. The Tampa, Fla.,
native was selected the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, leading Florida
in multiple-hit games (27), multiple-RBI games (23), slugging percentage
(.628) and total bases (152). He also added 13 doubles, three triples,
88 hits and scored 48 runs.
He batted .650 (13-for-20) in Florida's five NCAA Tourney games
and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Gainesville
Regional after going 9-for-13 (.692) with six RBIs, four runs and
Tucker helped lead UF to a 42-22 overall record, the NCAA Gainesville
Regional Championship and its first Super Regional in four years.
Gilmartin, ranked No. 4 in the nation in wins, is 12-3 with a
3.49 ERA in 98.0 inning pitched his season. The Moorpark, Calif.,
native struck out 83 batters, walked 37, posted two complete games
and one save and opponents hit just .221 against him. He was named
the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and earned third
team All-America honors and freshman All-America honors from Collegiate
Gilmartin leads the ACC in wins with 12 and ranks in the top
10 in ERA (6th), innings pitched (t-2nd), opponents batting average
(3rd) and complete games (t-1st). He was just the second freshman
in school history to earn first team All-ACC honors. He was named
to the NCAA Tallahassee All-Region Team.
He helped lead the Seminoles to a final record of 45-18, the
NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship and advance to the Super
Pro-Line Athletic is in its fifth year as a sponsor of the NCBWA.
It produces and distributes plaques for National Hitter and Pitchers
of the Week during the regular season and extends its award production
to include plaques for each member of the Pro-Line/NCBWA All-American
During the summer of 2006, Pro-Line launched into the custom
game clothing business with all products being manufactured in its
facility in Fort Worth, Texas. As a part of this transition, the
company re-branded from Pro-Line Cap Company to become Pro-Line
Athletic - a full line athletic apparel company offering American
Made headwear, workout gear and uniforms.
For more information on the Pro-Line Athletic Freshmen of the
Year, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director
at West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.
• 2009 Pro-Line Athletic NCBWA Freshman