ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Friedman enjoys baseball, academics
Around this time last year, Colin Friedman had just finished his impressive run of three consecutive no-hitters. Now, the St. Michael’s graduate is in the middle of doing something even more difficult: studying mechanical engineering and playing baseball at Johns Hopkins University, a Division III school in Baltimore with excellent academics.
“It’s going great,” Friedman said. “I love the school, it’s a real change of pace from New Mexico. But the program is great, the coaches are awesome. I’ve really enjoyed my time out here in Baltimore.”
As a senior at St. Michael’s last season, Friedman didn’t allow a run or hit in 18 innings, while striking out 28 and walking just one batter over a three-start stretch spanning from March 16-27.
“It was a great experience,” Friedman said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough, it was a great collective effort. It was a neat experience and it will probably never happen again.”
But Friedman also made headlines when he was arrested, along with a basketball player at St. Michael’s, for attempting to steal a street sign within city limits.
“I’d rather not talk about that,” Friedman said. “It’s over and done with.”
Friedman was able to put the arrest behind as he finished his senior year with a miniscule 0.82 ERA, which according to his bio on the Johns Hopkins athletics web site is a New Mexico state record.
After high school, Friedman had several opportunities to walk on for a Division I school, but was more focused on Johns Hopkins.
“It was definitely one of my goals to go to an academic school,” Friedman said. “I wanted to play baseball as well, but that was just an added bonus. It worked out both ways.”
While Friedman knew the academic situation was perfect for him, the state of the baseball program turned out to be a good fit also.
“We graduated nine senior pitchers last year so we knew we were going to be dependent on some young arms this year,” Babb said. “Colin and some other freshmen pitchers have come in and just done a real good job, which has surprised us a little bit.”
Friedman has taken advantage of his early opportunities. On March 20, he pitched 7â…” scoreless innings against Nichols to pick up his first collegiate win and has 1.12 ERA and a save in four games, including two starts.
“As a freshman, he’s done a great job so far,” Babb said. “He’s throwing strikes, he’s a competitor and he seems to be getting better with each game. He’s just a great a kid, a hard worker.”
In addition to working hard, Friedman has found a way to adjust to the rigors of living college life and playing college baseball.
“It’s definitely a bigger workload and having to balance that with practice and games has taken some getting used to,” Friedman said. “Time management is really important.”
Friedman, who holds three New Mexico state records in Olympic weightlifting, is the first player from New Mexico to play for Johns Hopkins in Babb’s 34 seasons in charge of the baseball program. And Babb says the 6-6, 220-pound righty has a bright future.
“He is a big, big, strong kid and we think he can eventually throw in the low 90’s,” Babb said. “He can be the top pitcher in our conference if he continues to work hard. I think the sky is the limit for him.”
— This article appeared on page D3 of the Albuquerque Journal