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Arizona baseball ace chosen third-team All-American

Kurt Heyer

Arizona Wildcats sophomore right-hander Kurt Heyer, who is scheduled to start the first game of an NCAA regional on Friday, was chosen a third-team Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American, as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday morning.

From a UA news release:

With an 8-3 record and a 2.32 earned run average, Heyer did not disappoint in his second season with the Wildcats. He earned Freshman All-American honors from various publications, including Collegiate Baseball last year, and was tabbed as a preseason third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball back in February.

Heyer, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., racked up 127 strikeouts in the 2011 regular season, which ranked second in the Pac-10 and checked in third-most in the nation. He issued just 24 walks in 124.0 innings, which was the third-highest total in the country. He had two complete games.

Earlier this week, Heyer was one of six Arizona players named to the Pacific-10 All-Conference team. Last year, Heyer was also an All-Conference honoree as a true freshman.

Heyer is scheduled to start the first game of the College Station Regional on Friday when the Wildcats take on Seton Hall. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. CDT at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas.

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