BYU pitcher named freshman All-American

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    By Nicholas Cottle

    BYU”s true freshman pitcher Jordan Muir was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team after posting a 6-0 record.

    The selections were announced by Collegiate Baseball Magazine June 8, 2006 highlighting Muir as one of 17 starting pitchers selected.

    “It”s an honor for him,” BYU coach Vance Law said. “He worked hard and learned a great deal from [assistant] coach Applegate, who deserves credit for helping him.”

    Muir came into the season as an expected first year reliever like most freshman, but after his eight innings of scoreless relief pitching against UNLV on national television, Muir became the MWC Pitcher of the Week and moved into a starting role for BYU.

    “Jordan did a great job,” UNLV coach Buddy Gouldsmith said. “He kept the ball down in the zone and forced guys to swing at pitches you can”t swing at.”

    The phenomenal game against the Rebels propelled Muir to an extraordinary season posting a 6-0 record with a 3.97 earned run average while fanning 57 batters.

    The .256 opposing batting average against Muir was a new record for an MWC freshman, and with his .243 average in league play he set the freshman record for league games as well.

    “We look forward to future years like this from Jordan,” Law said. “It”s a tribute to his willingness to learn and his ability.”

    Muir is the 10th Cougar in BYU history to receive Freshman All-America honors and the fourth under Coach Law in seven years.

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