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Freiman Named MVP of Cal League Finals
Wednesday 09/20/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Former Blue Devil Nate Freiman
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STOCKTON, Calif. - Former Blue Devil Nate Freiman led the Lake Elsinore Storm to the High-A California League Championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the championship series, which Lake Elsinore clinched with a 10-3 victory over the Stockton Ports in game four of the best-of-five series final.

Duke's all-time home run leader, Freiman homered twice in the series-clinching victory to cap his best season yet in professional baseball. He hit .529 in the series against Stockton, going 3-for-5 in the finale, 1-for-4 in games two and three and 4-for-4 with three RBI in the series-opening win.

"It's been fun, but to be honest, I have hit home runs before. I have never won a championship," said Freiman after the 10-3 win in the final game. "There's no feeling like this in baseball. To be with this group, my brothers all year -- we're really a close group, so for the season to end this way is special."

Freiman, in his third year of professional baseball, led the Storm with 111 RBI during the regular season and was named to the Cal League All-Star Team. He hit .288 with a career-high 22 home runs while setting the club's single-season records for home runs and RBI. The 6-7, 225-pound first baseman led the league in games played and was among the top 10 in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and total bases.

The eighth-round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2009 MLB Draft, Freiman turned it up in the playoffs and hit .386 (17-for-44) with four home runs, 12 RBI and eight runs scored.

Freiman has hit .288 or better in all three of his professional seasons and has already mashed 51 homers in 357 career games. His home run total has increased every year from 11 in his first season to 14 in 2010 and to his 26 total homers this year.

During his four years at Duke from 2006-09, Freiman hit a school-record 43 home runs including 20 during his senior season. Originally recruited as a pitcher, Freiman also owns Duke's all-time slugging percentage record, ranks second in batting average, third in on base percentage and among the top 10 in doubles and RBI.

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