Nebraska freshman outfielder Ryan Boldt picked up another accolade on Wednesday, as he was named a 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. The Red Wing, Minn., native is the 12th Husker freshman since 2000 to earn freshman All-America honors and the first do so since 2012 when Pat Kelly and Kyle Kubat were both tabbed as freshman All-Americans.
An unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman team and a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree in 2014, Boldt started in center field in 55 of NU’s 62 games. The freshman hit leadoff for the Huskers 29 times on the year, including the final 28 games of the season. NU posted a 22-7 record on the year with Boldt in the leadoff spot.
Boldt finished the year third on the team with 74 hits, two shy of Kelly’s team-high 76 hits. Boldt led NU in runs scored (47), triples (6) and stolen bases (7). He ranked second on the team with 12 doubles and notched 31 RBIs, including a team-high 20 RBIs with two outs.
Tabbed as the No. 2 freshman in the country prior to the 2014 season by Baseball American, Boldt excelled in the postseason with a .462 average. With the Huskers playing in their first NCAA Regional since 2008, Boldt led the team in hits (6) and runs (5). Half of his hits in NU’s three games in Stillwater were for extra bases, as he roped a pair of triples and notched a double.
Boldt was one of six freshman in the Big Ten Conference to earn freshman All-America honors on Wednesday. He was joined by Tanner Tully (Ohio State), Brett Adcock (Michigan), Adam Walton (Illinois), Ronnie Dawson (Ohio State) and Carmen Benedetti (Michigan).