Four Earn All-Tournament Honors
May 25, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Four members of the Indiana baseball team were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team following the Hoosiers' comeback run to the semifinals of the tournament. Tyler Cox, Michael Earley, Chris Hervey and Jerrud Sabourin all picked up All-Tournament nods as IU trailed only tourney champ Michigan (five) in the players it placed on the squad. Purdue had two selections and Ohio State, Illinois and Penn State had one each.
Cox was the All-Tournament selection at shortstop after hitting one of the most dramatic home runs in conference tournament history. After making a crucial error to allow Penn State to take the lead in the top of the ninth, Cox came up with the bases loaded and one out and drilled a Drew O'Neil pitch over the left-field wall for a walk-off grand slam. It marked the first grand slam of Cox' career and was the first (and last) extra-base hit O'Neil gave up all season. It also was IU's first walk-off home run since Eric Blakeley hit a three-run shot against Illinois in 2002. Cox hit .333 with two steals in the postseason. He finished his final season as a Hoosier with career highs in homers (three), RBI (16), runs (27) and stolen bases (10) and the Georgetown, Ind., native hit .289, 32 points higher than his career average.
Earley picked up All-Tournament honors at designated hitter, as he was outstanding in his limited action. The sophomore hit .385 in four games of action, making three starts, and had a double and a home run in the finale against Purdue. Earley's home run in the eighth was his fourth dinger of the season, and it started a four-run Hoosier rally that trimmed the Boiler lead to just four runs. He wrapped up his first season in an IU uniform with a .318 average, seven doubles and four home runs.
Hervey was arguably the offensive star of the tournament, hitting .667 for the week with a double, seven RBI and nine runs scored. He also walked twice and was hit by three pitches to post a .708 on-base percentage. The St. James, N.Y. native had a career day against Ohio State, matching the school record with five hits in a 5-for-5 day with three runs and two RBI. Hervey then went 3-for-4 with four runs against Illinois and had a 3-for-4 day with three RBI in the season-ending loss to Purdue. He finished his junior campaign with a .373 average - 89 points higher than he finished 2007 - 48 runs, 36 RBI, 13 steals and an IU single-season record 20 hit by pitches. His .463 on-base percentage finished seventh in the conference.
Sabourin earned All-Tournament recognition at first base, as the freshman wrapped up his premier season in style, hitting .348 over the weekend with five RBI. Sabourin rapped eight singles over five games and was flawless in the field as well. He had a 3-for-5, two RBI game against Ohio State to keep the Hoosiers alive in the tourney, then had two-hit games against both Illinois and Purdue. The freshman finished off his debut campaign with a .383 average, the second-highest mark on the team and ninth-highest in the conference. He led all league freshmen in average, RBI (53) and slugging (.517). He finished second behind teammate Kipp Schutz in home runs (five) and doubles (14).
The Hoosiers won three games in the Big Ten Tournament, eliminating Ohio State, Illinois and Penn State before falling to Purdue. The Hoosiers finished off their season at 31-30, the first winning season for the Hoosiers since the 2003 squad won 34 games.
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