DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman LHP Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) added another accolade to his credit on Monday after turning in a spectacular rookie season, securing Baseball America Freshman Second Team All-America honors, as announced by the organization.
Cate, who took home honors as the American Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher of the Year in May, is 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 in early June. Cate also took home honors as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American on June 8.
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 18thnationally. 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.
Additionally, the southpaw will compete with the U.S. national team 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.
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