Valparaiso University baseball freshman Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) received a distinct honor on Wednesday as he was tabbed a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Tieman finished the season with a 4-1 record, 2.93 ERA and seven saves, logging 46 innings over four starts and 16 relief appearances. He racked up 51 strikeouts against just 15 bases on balls.
Tieman shared the team lead in wins with fellow freshman Easton Rhodehouse, led the Crusaders in strikeouts and paced the squad in saves despite moving to the starting rotation for the final month of the season. Even with his limited duty in the bullpen, Tieman is already tied for eighth in program history in career saves after just one year.
Tieman joined Wright State pitcher Ryan Weiss as the only two players from the Horizon League to receive this high honor. Two Missouri Valley Conference players – Bradley’s Brendan Doherty and Illinois State’s John Rave – were named Freshman All-Americans.
Tieman becomes the first Crusader to be named a Freshman All-American since shortstop Spencer Mahoney in 2012.