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    Dickerson, DeNato Named First Team All-Big Ten

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    May 24, 2011

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A pair of Hoosier baseball players in Alex Dickerson and Joey DeNato were named to the 13-member All-Big Ten First Team on Tuesday, announced the conference office. Six Hoosiers in total were recognized by the league's head coaches.

    In addition to the two first teamers, Micah Johnson was an All-Big Ten Third Team selection while DeNato, Dustin DeMuth and Ryan Halstead each made the All-Freshman squad. Rounding out the Indiana award winners was Brian Lambert, earning the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

    QUICK HITS
    • Dickerson's second consecutive first team selection
    • DeNato was the only freshman on the first team
    • Head Coach Tracy Smith has mentored nine Hoosiers to first team recognition since 2006
    • DeNato and DeMuth were unanimous picks for the All-Freshman Team


    OFFICIAL BIG TEN RELEASE
    After winning a share of its first Big Ten Championship since 1979, Michigan State earned three conference individual awards as first baseman Jeff Holm was named Player of the Year, Kurt Wunderlich was named Pitcher of the Year and Jake Boss Jr. was named Coach of the Year. Ohio State's Josh Dezse was named the conference's Freshman of the Year.

    Holm becomes just the second Spartan in history and the first since Bob Malek in 2002 to be named the Big Ten's top player. The senior ranks second in the conference with a .379 average and a .607 slugging percentage. Holm leads the conference with 61 RBI and also ranks among the Big Ten's leaders in on-base percentage (.443), runs scored (49), hits (80) and is tied for second with nine home runs.

     

     

    Wunderlich is the first Michigan State player to collect Pitcher of the Year accolades. The senior leads the Big Ten with nine wins this season and boasts a 3.36 overall ERA. The right-hander picked up his first career complete-game shutout in the final home start of his career last Saturday, helping the Spartans to their first conference title in 32 years.

    Boss is the second Spartan to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year, following Tom Smith who earned the accolades in 1988 and 1992. Boss led Michigan State to the program's fourth Big Ten Championship and first since 1979. The Spartans also earned a bid to the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament for the second time in three years and enter the event with a 34-19 overall record.

    Dezse becomes the 10th player in Ohio State history to collect Freshman of the Year honors and the first since J.B. Shuck in 2006. The utility player was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on four occasions during the season. He led his team with a .341 average in all games and a .388 mark during conference play. He also compiled a 4-1 record over 24 pitching appearances, including a 2-0 mark in 12 Big Ten outings.

    Holm and Wunderlich are both first-team All-Big Ten selections and are joined by teammates Ryan Jones (2B), Torsten Boss (3B), Brandon Eckerle (OF) and Tony Bucciferro (SP). Also on the first team are Indiana's Joey DeNato (SP) and Alex Dickerson (DH), Minnesota's Scott Matyas (RP) and AJ Pettersen (SS), Penn State's Sean Deegan (OF) and Purdue's Kevin Plawecki (C) and Barrett Serrato (OF). Eckerle and Deegan are unanimous selections.

    The Big Ten also announced the 11 Sportsmanship Award honorees from each institution. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

    The complete list of All-Big Ten teams and award winners can be found below.

    ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
    C - Kevin Plawecki, PUR
    1B - Jeff Holm, MSU
    2B - Ryan Jones, MSU
    SS - AJ Pettersen, MINN
    3B - Torsten Boss, MSU
    OF - BRANDON ECKERLE, MSU
    OF - SEAN DEEGAN, PSU
    OF - Barrett Serrato, PUR
    DH - Alex Dickerson, IND
    SP - Joey DeNato, IND
    SP - Tony Bucciferro, MSU
    SP - Kurt Wunderlich, MSU
    RP - Scott Matyas, MINN

    ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
    C - Adam Davis, ILL
    1B - Josh Dezse, OSU
    2B - Pete Cappetta, ILL
    SS - Josh Parr, ILL
    3B - Chris Lashmet, NU
    OF - Patrick Biondi, MICH
    OF - Michael O'Neill, MICH
    OF - Tyler Spillner, PUR
    DH - Paul Snieder, NU
    SP - Jarred Hippen, IOWA
    SP - Drew Rucinski, OSU
    SP - Steven Hill, PSU
    RP - Nick Wittgren, PUR

    ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM*
    C - Tyson Blaser, IOWA
    1B - Nick O'Shea, MINN
    2B - Micah Johnson, IND
    SS - Trevor Stevens, NU
    3B - Cameron Perkins, PUR
    OF - Willie Argo, ILL
    OF - Casey McMurray, ILL
    OF - Trevor Willis, IOWA
    OF - Stephen Talbott, PUR
    DH - Jared Hook, MSU
    SP - Brandon Sinnery, MICH
    SP - TJ Oakes, MINN
    SP - John Walter, PSU
    RP - Wes Braun, ILL
    RP - Tony Wieber, MSU

    ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM
    C - Joel Fisher, MSU
    1B - JOSH DEZSE, OSU
    2B - KYLE RUCHIM, NU
    SS - Thomas Lindauer, ILL
    3B - Dustin DeMuth, IND
    OF - Taylor Zeutenhorst, IOWA
    OF - MICHAEL O'NEILL, MICH
    OF - Tim Wetzel, OSU
    DH - Jack Livingston, NU
    SP - Joey DeNato, IND
    SP - David Garner, MSU
    SP - GREG GREVE, OSU
    RP - Ryan Halstead, IND

    Unanimous honorees in ALL CAPS
    * - Additional honorees due to tie

    SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
    Josh Parr, ILL
    Brian Lambert, IND
    Tyson Blaser, IOWA
    Anthony Toth, MICH
    Brandon Eckerle, MSU
    Kyle Geason, MINN
    Matt Gailey, NU
    Theron Minium, OSU
    Bobby Jacobs, PSU
    David Blount, PUR

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Jeff Holm, MSU

    PITCHER OF THE YEAR
    Kurt Wunderlich, MSU

    FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
    Josh Dezse, OSU

    COACH OF THE YEAR
    Jake Boss Jr., MSU


       

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