Flores Named to Baseball Freshman All-America First Team
July 7, 2006
HOUSTON - University of Houston catcher/pitcher Luis Flores added to his trophy case Friday when he was named to the 2006 Rivals.com Freshman All-America First Team as a utility player.
Flores, who was previously named to Freshman All-America Teams by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger, became the first Cougar since 2002 to be honored as a Freshman All-American.
In 2006, the Corpus Christi, Texas, native emerged as one of the Cougars' most versatile players, seeing playing time at six different positions (catcher, pitcher, first base, left field, right field and DH).
At the plate, he batted .288 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs and was the only Cougar slugger to blast two home runs in a game twice during the season. Flores accomplished that feat at Texas A&M and No. 22 Southern Miss.
However, Flores also established himself as a solid performer on the mound, breaking into the Cougars' weekend rotation early in the 2006 campaign. He finished the year with a 6-3 record with 67 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in 87.0 innings of work, ranking among the C-USA Top 10 individual leaders in ERA and innings pitched.
Flores was previously named to the C-USA All-Freshmen Team and earned a berth on the C-USA All-Tournament Team after a stellar pitching performance against No. 11 Tulane that helped lift the Cougars into the C-USA Tournament championship game.