June 7, 2012

Baseball's Park earns Freshman All-American honors

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By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- Dubbed the Flyin' Hawai'in by his coaches for his defense in left field, Northern Colorado freshman outfielder Jensen Park on Wednesday was honored as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Park, from Kaneohe, Hawai'i and 'Iolani High School, also earned Great West All-Conference Second Team honors in his first year with the Bears, playing in 58 of the team's 60 games. He hit .363 for the season, second-best on the team, with 38 RBI, 10 doubles and seven triples. Park also had five stolen bases, but is probably best known for some spectacular diving catches in left field. In addition, he set the record for most sacrifice flies on the season since returning to Division I with seven.

In Great West play, Park hit .393 with a .539 slugging percentage. Eight of his 35 hits against league foes went for extra bases and he swiped two bags, playing in 26 of 28 games.

Park is the first Bear honored on the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team since Mark Shannon in 2010.

North Dakota's Jeff Campbell, the league's Newcomer of the Year, was the only other Great West Conference player honored on the team.