May 19, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Led by Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year Eric Arnett and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Alex Dickerson, eight members of the Indiana baseball team took home Big Ten honors, the conference announced this evening. The Hoosiers had three players - Arnett, Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz - take home first team honors, while three players were second team honorees. Indiana also had a third team all-conference player in addition to two players on the All-Freshman Team.
Arnett and Dickerson are the first players in school history to take home Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, respectively, from the conference. Indiana had three first teamers for the second straight season, as Phegley, Matt Bashore and Andrew Means were honored by the conference in 2008. With back-to-back first team selections, Phegley is the first player since Vasili Spanos (2002 and 2003) to take home first team honors in consecutive seasons.
Arnett finished second in the conference with a 2.78 ERA to Wimmers and he tied for the conference lead with 11 wins overall and seven wins in Big Ten play. His 93 strikeouts were third in the Big Ten and are the fourth-most in school history. He is one of 15 pitchers in the nation that has been named a semifinalist for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Award.
Phegley tied for the conference lead with 17 home runs - the sixth-highest in school history - and his 62 RBI are second in the Big Ten this year. The catcher was recently named one of 13 semifinalists for the
Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award. He is in the conference's top 10 in slugging (second, .672) on-base percentage (fourth, .470), home runs (tied for first, 17), RBI (tied for second, 62), runs (seventh, 52) and walks (second, 42).
Schutz has come on strong as of late to lead the Hoosiers in batting average and he is currently eighth in the conference with his .368 clip. Over the last 15 games, the outfielder has hit a robust .423, tops on the
team during that span. He also has scored nine runs with two home runs and 10 RBI over those games. The Evansville, Ind., native was also a member of the Indiana basketball team, as he played six games for the Hoosiers.
On the second team, Bashore, Dickerson and Jerrud Sabourin picked up honors for the Hoosiers. Bashore collected his second straight all-conference selection after leading the conference with a 2.36 ERA in Big
Ten affairs. The junior finished the season with a 6-4 record and a 3.87 ERA overall, a mark that placed him 10th in the Big Ten. His 92 strikeouts are just behind Arnett for fourth in the conference.
Dickerson led all conference freshmen with his 14 home runs and 52 RBI, his 14 longballs setting a new Indiana freshman record. The Poway, Calif., native finished ninth in the conference with a .367 average in his debut season for the Hoosiers, where he hit in the cleanup spot for 52 out of IU's 53 games. His .628 slugging percentage (fifth), 52 RBI (tied for eighth) and 80 hits (tied for second) are all among the conference's top 10. Dickerson was also named the the conference's All-Freshman Team.
Sabourin continued his strong play at first base for the Hoosiers in 2009, finishing fourth on the team with a .348 average. His 74 hits are sixth in the conference and he has started every game for the Hoosiers at first since the second game of the 2008 season. As of late, he has been huge for Indiana in the clutch, hitting game-winning home runs against Michigan State and Purdue and a game-winning two-run double in the 10th inning against Evansville.
Reliever Chris Squires collected third team honors from the league. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native has come on as of late out of the pen (3.08 ERA as a reliever) to emerge as a solid closer for IU, as his seven saves are third in the Big Ten. In save situations, Squires has flourished, posting a 1.38 ERA and a .191 batting average against when he is eligible for the save. The only time he has blown a save was when he inherited a pair of runners against Louisville in a one-run ballgame.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Blake Monar
was named to the conference's All-Freshman Team along with Dickerson. The Rockport, Ind., native went 4-3 with a 4.82 ERA on the season in making 12 starts. He surrendered just 70 hits in 71.0 innings of work to finish sixth in the conference with a .255 batting average against.
Indiana will open the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday as the conference's three seed. The Hoosiers (28-25, 16-7 Big Ten) will take on Purdue (24-24, 11-12) at 3:35 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, at Huntington Park, the AAA home of the Columbus Clippers. For more information on the Big Ten Tournament, go to