Ciersten Burks and Jordan Hulls named 2013 Spirit of Indiana Director's Award winners.
JUNIOR YEAR: 2012
Played in 42 games, making 21 starts ... recorded a homerun, two doubles, 14 RBI, 11 runs and a stolen base ... flawless in the field, successfully handling 117 defensive chances for a 1.000 fielding percentage ... hit .327 (17 of 52) with runners on and .333 (15 of 45) when in scoring position ... clubbed a homerun and double against Michigan State (4/13), driving in three runs and scoring one of his own ... connected on a walk-off single versus Evansville (5/15), pushing IU to a 5-4 victory with two outs in bottom of the ninth ... helped clinch another late-inning triumph in the Sembower Field finale, diving to snare a low line drive as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth ... tallied six multi-hit games ... an Academic All-Big Ten selection ... recipient of the Hoosier Award (recognizes a student-athlete for bringing honor and distinction to Indiana University) at the 2012 Spirit of Indiana Showcase.
SOPHOMORE YEAR: 2011
Played in 13 games, making six starts ... recorded five hits, three RBI and scored four runs ... drove in first run of the season versus Akron (3/13) ... delivered a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the tenth inning against Jacksonville State (3/15) before scoring the game-winning run moments later ... got the call to start in left field at Purdue (5/1), smacking a two-RBI single up the middle in his first at-bat ... made his collegiate pitching debut versus Louisville, sitting down the Cardinals 1-2-3 in his lone outing ... an Academic All-Big Ten selection ... also tabbed as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
FRESHMAN YEAR: 2010
Played in 16 games, making four starts ... hit .179 with two doubles and five runs scored ... hit a pinch-hit double in his first career at-bat at San Diego (2/19) ... hit a single against Vanderbilt (3/7) ... had a pinch-hit single and scored a run against Morehead State (3/23) ... scored a run in the finale against Michigan (4/4) ... hit a ninth-inning double at Valparaiso (4/13).
Played four years under Rocky Manuel at storied Bellaire High School ... captained Bellaire High to a 33-4-1 record in 2009 ... was named first team all-state in Class 5A, which represents the largest high schools in the state of Texas ... hit .433 for the 2009 campaign, slugging six home runs and nine doubles ... drove in 36 runs and scored 39 for Bellaire while posting a .563 on-base percentage and a .756 slugging percentage on the season ... picked up Class 5A Academic All-State and All-Greater Houston honors ... participated in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Team as a first baseman ... was the only Bellaire player and the only player from his district to be selected for the squad ... Bellaire was ranked as the top team in Texas and in the nation throughout much of the 2009 season ... received the Bellaire Baseball Ray Knoblauch Award after the season ... was also named a Preseason High School All-American heading into his senior season by Baseball America ... was given honorable mention on Perfect Game's Preseason All-America list... also named Preseason All-Greater Houston this year ... in 2008, hit .350 with two home runs and 25 RBI on the year ... was named all-district and all-state for his accomplishments as Bellaire was a state semifinalist ... also helped the squad earn an area finalist finish in 2007 as a sophomore ... comes from a baseball background, as he is the third generation of Knoblauchs to coach or play for Bellaire High School ... team played on Ray Knoblauch Field, named after Trace's grandfather, who was the longtime coach of the team ... Ray and his brother Eddie Knoblauch both had long careers in the Texas League ... Trace's uncle, Chuck Knoblauch, played 12 years in the major leagues and was a four-time all-star who finished his career with 407 stolen bases ... majoring in Accounting and Operations Management ... has one sister, Hallie ... parents are Mark and LuAnn Knoblauch ... born Sept. 13, 1990.