MACON, Ga. - Mercer freshman third baseman Chesny Young was voted onto the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team as announced by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday afternoon.
Mercer has now placed a player on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team in four of the past five seasons. Young joins Derrick Workman (2011), Jacob Tanis (2009) and Joe Winker (2008) as previous Bears to earn the national honor.
Young was one of only three players from the seven Division I schools in the state of Georgia to be recognized on the list and was one of only two players in the Atlantic Sun Conference, joining USC Upstate relief pitcher Chad Sobotka, to be honored.
The Atlanta, Ga. native had a sparkling debut season for Mercer, ranking third in the A-Sun Conference with a .367 batting average, fourth with a .443 on-base percentage and seventh with 79 hits.
Young also ranked first in the conference and 11th nationally with 18 sacrifice bunts and strung together a team-high 18-game hitting streak from April 11-May 13.
The recognition by Louisville Slugger is the second major award Young has received over the past two weeks, as he was voted the A-Sun Conference Freshman of the Year on May 22.