MONDAY SPORTS NEWS/Kenyon Yovan, star closer with 15 saves for the Oregon Ducks, is named a first-team Freshman All-American

The University of Oregon baseball team didn't have its best season.

But Kenyon Yovan had a very good season.YOVAN

And he was rewarded on Monday, being named to the Freshman All-America first team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Yovan, from Westview High, sparked as a right-handed relief pitcher for the Ducks.

The 6-3, 220-pounder was a dependable closer all year for coach George Horton's squad

He is the first UO player to be named first-team all-Freshman and the third Oregon player to earn a spot on any of the NCBWA all-freshman teams.

Yovan finished with a 1-1 record, a 1.97 ERA and 15 saves, which tied for fourth in the nation.

In 32 innings, he struck out 36 batters and walked six.

In picking up saves in half of Oregon's 30 victories, he posted the fourth-highest save total in school history.

The only other Ducks to ever garner Freshman All-America mention were Garrett Cleavinger and Cole Irvin, both second-team selections in 2013.

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