NORMAN, Okla. -- Freshman Kody Kaiser earned OU’s first All-America honors since 2002 on Wednesday, after being named a Second Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, a well-known publication dedicated to the sport.
In 2005, Kaiser (.305, 10 HR, 34 RBI) was one of the Sooners’ most consistent hitters and the only member of the team to start all 61 games. The Edmond, Okla., native failed to collect a hit in just 15 of those games and was the team’s leader in total bases (133) and stolen bases (13). The right fielder finished second on the team in home runs (10), doubles (15) and hits (78).
The last time a Sooner was named a freshman All-American was in 2002. That year, Matt Bose and David Purcey both collected Freshman All-America honors (First Team - Collegiate Baseball). Kaiser is just the fifth Sooner to be named a Freshman All-American at OU.
Kaiser also received All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2005 and was one of three Sooners that collected All-Regional honors in Oxford, Miss., Ryan Rohlinger and Chuckie Caufield were the others.
During the Sooners’ postseason run, Kaiser batted .357 with two home runs and four RBI, while finishing the year on a season-high, nine-game hitting streak.
In addition, he also finished the year with 13 stolen bases and was only caught stealing once, in the final game of the Oxford Regional. He became the first freshman to lead OU in stolen bases since Derek Wathan swiped 21 in 1996.
Kaiser is currently playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League along with two other current Sooners, Daniel McCutchen and Jackson Williams.