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Forslund Taken by Boston in MLB Draft

June 7, 2011
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Pitcher Blake Forslund became the fourth Liberty player to be drafted Tuesday. The right-hander was selected by the Boston Red Sox.

Liberty pitcher Blake Forslund has been selected in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft this afternoon by the Boston Red Sox.

Forslund becomes the 44th player in program history to be taken in the MLB Draft and the fourth today.  Liberty pitcher Garrett Baker was taken in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, pitcher Steven Evans was picked in the 13th round by the Minnesota Twins and shortstop Matt Williams was taken in the 15th round by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier today.  Liberty has had four players taken in the MLB Draft, the most players picked since five were selected in 2002.

In his first season at Liberty, Forslund went 1-2 with an 8.31 ERA over 21 1/3 innings in his sophomore campaign. The Rustburg, Va., native struck out 22 and walked 15 in nine appearances. Four of his appearances were starts.

Liberty posted a 35-24 this past season. The Flames have had a player taken in every MLB Draft since 2000. Forslund becomes the fourth Liberty player to be drafted by the Red Sox. Catcher Jason Benham was selected in the 12th round in 1998, pitcher Brian Adams was drafted in the eighth round and outfielder Garrett Young was selected in the 46th round in 2007 by the team.