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Ashland High grad Steen Fredrickson named GNAC co-Pitcher of the Year

PORTLAND — A breakout season at the collegiate level has earned an Ashland High School grad some much-deserved recognition.

Steen Fredrickson, a junior right-handed pitcher at Montana State University Billings, was honored as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s co-Pitcher of the Year along with Western Oregon’s Alex Roth, it was announced on Tuesday as individual all-conference honors were released. Fredrickson, who was mostly used out of the bullpen his first two years with the Yellowjackets, didn’t lose any one of his 12 starts on the season, helping Montana State (30-16 overall) capture its third regular-season conference title in the last four years.

“Steen was the backbone for our staff all year long,” said MSUB head coach Aaron Sutton, who himself was named the GNAC’s co-Coach of the Year on Tuesday. “He kept us in every game he threw, and was an absolute bulldog. He’s the guy we wanted in the No. 1 spot to go out and get each series started out the right way.”

On top of the co-Pitcher of the Year award, Fredrickson — one of 12 MSUB players to receive all-conference honors — was first-team all-GNAC selection and was named to the GNAC’s all-academic team on May 4. Fredrickson, a finance major, holds a 3.85 GPA.

Fredrickson, pitching in one of the most offense-friendly conference in all of NCAA Division II, enters this weekend’s conference tournament with a GNAC-best 69 strikeouts. He also has the third-lowest ERA in the GNAC at 3.88.

In his 12 regular-season starts, the 6-foot-1 Fredrickson went a perfect 7-0, which is the highest win total in the GNAC. His opponents’ batting average of .231 is the GNAC’s second-lowest figure.

His 65 innings pitched is not only tops amongst Yellowjacket starting pitchers but also ranks fourth in the conference. He has only pitched less than five innings in just two of his 12 outings this season.

Fredrickson has been named the GNAC Pitcher of the Week three times this season.

Contact Danny Penza at 541-776-4483 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @penzatopaper.