Haggerty Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

June 5, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico second baseman Sam Haggerty has been named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Collegiate Baseball announced Wednesday. He becomes UNM's third Freshman All-American in the last three seasons and fourth in the last six.

Sam Haggerty is going to be as good or better than Mike Brownstein," UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said, "and he was MVP of the Mountain West in 2009 when he hit over .400."

A native of Denver, Haggerty appeared in every game this season and made 55 starts at second. He hit .280 with nine doubles, a team-high five triples, and one home run. He also led the team with 47 walks and was second with 58 runs scored. He became the first freshman to lead the Lobos in walks since Matt Young in 2002.

"As a freshman there is no honor that can surpass being named a Freshman All-American," Haggerty said. "I'd like to thank my coaching staff and teammates. I couldn't have done it without them. I am proud to bring another All-American award back to Albuquerque."

On his way to being named Co-Freshman of the Year in the MW and All-MW second team, Haggerty set or tied several conference records. Posessing patience and plate discipline not typically found in a freshman, he tied a league mark with 26 walks in conference games. He was an anchor in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, constantly setting the table for All-Americans DJ Peterson and Mitch Garver behind him. If he wasn't working long counts he was moving men over as he set a new UNM record with 16 sacrifice bunts.

Haggerty was just as good in the field as he was with the bat. After a rough defensive start to the season, he set a new MW freshman record for assists in league play with 100, and led the Lobos with 173 total.

He was named MW Player of the Week after going 6-for-11 (.545) in a three-game sweep of UNLV at Lobo Field. He hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of a come-from-behind 14-13 win in the series finale.

Haggerty joins Rafael Neda (2008), Peterson (2011) and Ryan Padilla (2012) as Freshmen All-Americans under Birmingham, and he is the 12th All-American in the past six years.

"That makes 12 since 2008," Birmingham said, "and we only had 20 in the entire history of the program before that. That's a big deal."

Haggerty is playing for the Eau Claire Express in the prestigious Northwoods League this summer.

You can see a complete list of the Louisville Slugger All-America team here.