Franklin earns All-America honors

Chris Franklin

Chris Franklin

Chris Franklin, a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University, earned third team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Franklin, a transfer from Jefferson State Community College and a graduate of Oneonta High School, was named to the team as a right-handed reliever.

In his first year at the school, Franklin posted a 5-2 record with a 2.60 ERA and a school-record 12 saves.

In 24 appearances, he pitched 34.2 innings and struck out 33 while walking 20. Franklin averaged 8.57 strikeouts per nine innings and held the opposition scoreless in 18 of his 24 appearances.

Before being moved to the bullpen exclusively midway through the year, he started at third base for the Lions. Franklin hit .261 (35-for-134) with nine doubles and 26 runs scored in 35 games.

“We’re very proud of Chris,” head coach Jay Artigues said. “He came in and did an outstanding job for us, setting a new saves record and really establishing himself as the leader of that bullpen. As a coach, it’s comforting to know that you have a guy like Chris who can come in and shut the opposition down whenever you need him to.”

Franklin is the second Lion in as many years to be named to an all-american team. He follows in the footsteps of 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Cass Hargis.

“It’s a big honor, not only for the team, but for the university as well,” Artigues said. “To have all-americans in back-to-back seasons and represent your university on the national scene speaks very highly to the quality of kids that we have here. It’s a credit to our coaches who find these high-class student athletes and continue to develop them once they are here. It shows that our program keeps continuing to move in the right direction.”

Franklin has also excelled in the classroom and was named to the Southeastern Lousiana Honor Roll last semester.