Duchene rates Freshman All-America

Duchene rates Freshman All-America

TUCSON, Ariz. — Illini left-hander Kevin Duchene was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced Wednesday.

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year is the 11th Illini to earn Freshman All-America honors and the fourth in the last six years.

Other recent Illinois Freshman All-Americans include infielder-pitcher Reid Roper (2012), outfielder Willie Argo (2009) and outfielder Casey McMurray (2008).

Duchene (9-1) set an Illini record for victories by a freshman and — with Indiana still alive in the NCAA tournament — currently is tied for the most wins in the Big Ten. The Joliet native also is tied for fifth in the conference in strikeouts (68) and ranks ninth in ERA (2.79).

Duchene’s nine wins are the most by an Illinois pitcher since 2005, when Brian Blomquist recorded 10 victories.

Duchene previously was named to the All-Big Ten second team and to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.