Published On: February 24th, 2009



Date: February 24, 2009

Indiana’s Sabourin Signs with Mallards

(MADISON, WI) Indiana University sophomore first-baseman Jerrud Sabourin joins 23 new Mallards set to entertain the “Duck Pond” faithful beginning June 1. 

After posting a very impressive freshman season that saw him finish with a Big Ten Conference ninth-best average at .383 with 5 home runs and 53 RBI, Sabourin picked up Freshman All-America Honors from both the National College Baseball Writers Association and Ping!Baseball. He was also named to the Second Team Freshman All-American Team by the Pro-Line Athletic National Baseball Writers Association in 2008. Coaches and teammates compare his easy swing to that of former Chicago Cub great Mark Grace, and rightfully so says Sabourin. 

“I think the comparison is perfect. We both hit to all fields, enjoy pounding the left-center field gap, and make the pitcher pay once in a while on a ball we can turn-on inside.”

Hoosiers Head Coach Tracy Smith discovered Jerrud after attending a workout for local baseball potential prospects in Sabourin’s hometown, San Diego, CA, and asked him to walk-on back in Bloomington. 

Sabourin is ready to take in the enormous “Duck Pond” summer crowds and experience everything the Northwoods League has to offer.

“To say that I’m excited to play in Madison in front of 6,000 people would be a huge understatement,” said the first-baseman. “I’m also anxious to experience a minor league baseball-type schedule that should help me later down the road in professional ball.”

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