NCCU’s Ryan Miller Named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American

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TUCSON, Ariz. – North Carolina Central University freshman pitcher Ryan Miller (Blandon, Pa.) has earned another accolade for his stellar rookie campaign as he has been named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, the newspaper announced on Wednesday, June 5.

Miller becomes the fifth Eagle to earn the award, joining Carlos Ortiz who garnered the honor in 2014, and Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.), Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.), and Jacob Raby (Granite Falls, N.C.) who all received the honor in 2017.

“This is a tremendous honor that Ryan has earned,” NCCU baseball head coach Jim Koerner said.  “He worked extremely hard all year to develop into the pitcher that he is.  We are excited for him now, and for his future, as he continues to grow.  Ryan joins a long list of Freshman All-Americans that this program has had, hopefully with many more to come.”

Miller became the third Eagle to be named MEAC Rookie of the Year in program history after tallying a new NCCU modern era freshman-record 73 strikeouts over 17 appearances and 12 starts with 71.1 innings pitched.  Those 73 strikeouts are not just the most from an NCCU freshman, but the third-most in a single season from any Eagle pitcher, and he also reached a team-best six wins to land with the second-most wins of a freshman pitcher at NCCU.

Miller announced his arrival in his first career start when he tossed 11 strikeouts over 5.1 innings against Canisius in the opening series of the year, and picked up a combined shutout in the effort as well.  He finished the year third in the MEAC with a 3.15 ERA, and ranked 23rd in NCAA Division I with a 5.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  He led the league in walks allowed with just 13, and he also has the second-lowest walks per nine innings at NCCU in the modern era at a 1.64 rate.

To view the entire Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team, visit baseballnews.com.

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