#UConn LHP Tim Cate named Freshman All-American, accepts @USABaseball invite
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TUCSON, Ariz. - After bursting onto the scene in his first season in a UConn uniform, freshman baseball standout Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) earned a pair of prestigious honors on Wednesday, accepting an invitation to join the 26-man USA Baseball Collegiate Team and grabbing distinction as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
Cate, who took home honors as the American Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher of the Year in May, becomes the 23rd All-American in program history, including the ninth under current head coach Jim Penders. The accolade marks the second-straight season a pair of Huskies has been selected to an All-America squad after UConn ace Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was placed on the Louisville Slugger Second Team a week ago.
Cate also continues a long tradition of UConn baseball and Team USA. The Huskies have had nine players on various versions of Team USA, and former skipper Andy Baylock was the Team USA pitching coach on three separate occasions. Kay was the most recent member of the team, pitching for the CNT during the 2015 summer.
The southpaw will compete with the U.S. team during training in Southern California and will travel to Chinese Taipei to participate in an international friendship series. He will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the 24-man roster which will move on to Japan and Cuba.
Cate, who became just the sixth player in program history to eclipse the 100-strikeout mark, finished his freshman season with a 5-1 record to go along with a stellar 2.73 ERA. The lefty's .186 batting average against was tied for best in the American Athletic Conference and his 6.01 hits per nine inning mark ranked 18th nationally. Cate also ranked among the top-50 nationally in strikeouts (101), strikeouts per nine innings (11.04), and WHIP (1.00)
The freshman hurler picked up a win in his first NCAA Regional start, spinning 6.0 innings of two-run ball against second-seeded Georgia Tech on June 3 in Gainesville, Fla. Cate was an instrumental part of the Huskies' championship run at The American tournament, pitching a career-best 7.1 innings in a win against USF at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
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