TUCSON — For the first time in the publication's history, Collegiate Baseball has selected two players from the same school as National Co-Freshmen of the Year, picking Arizona Baseball catcher Daniel Susac and designated hitter Jacob Berry as two-of-five players recognized with the honor.
Collegiate Baseball also tabbed both players to their Freshman All-America roster after naming the slugging duo to their standard All-America lists last week. The Wildcats have now had multiple players earn Freshman All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball in each of the last three seasons and for the seventh time in program history.
Susac, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a Buster Posey Award Semifinalist, has logged a .338 batting average with 46 runs and 61 RBI through 56 games so far this season. The true freshman from Roseville, California has added 20 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, a .599 slugging percentage, and a .398 on-base percentage in the heart of one of the nation's most dangerous offenses. Defensively as the Wildcats everyday catcher he has notched a nearly flawless .996 fielding percentage and thrown out 8-of-26 attempted base stealers. Susac's eye-opening play has rewritten the program's record books, with new Arizona freshman conference play marks being set in hits (45), doubles (12), extra-base hits (21), total bases (83), and slugging percentage (.669).
Berry, a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist and Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Finalist, has steadily put together one of the most impressive freshman hitting campaigns in program history. Through 58 games he leads the team with a .357 batting average, five triples, 15 home runs, 64 RBI, a .679 slugging percentage, 37 extra-base hits, and 152 total bases. His 64 RBI lead the Pac-12 this season and pace all Division I true freshmen. Berry was one of the key drivers of Arizona's offense that ranked top five in the nation, picking up 25 multi-hit games and a team-leading 19 multi-RBI performances.
Both players crushed eight home runs during Pac-12 play, tying the Arizona freshman conference record set by the program's career home run king, Shelley Duncan, in 1999. The "Baby Bombers" also became the first pair of freshmen in program history to both swat double-digit home runs, combining for 27 long balls through play in the NCAA Regional round of the postseason.
Susac, Berry, and the Wildcats continue their postseason run with a matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels in the Tucson NCAA Super Regional this weekend at Hi Corbett Field.