Dickerson Named Player of the Year, Four Others Earn All-Conference Honors
May 25, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore Alex Dickerson has been named the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year, and four of his teammates took home All-Big Ten honors as well, the conference announced at the Big Ten Tournament on Tuesday night. Dickerson was the unanimous choice for the conference's top honor after leading the Big Ten in batting average (.415), home runs (23) and RBI (73). Sophomore designated hitter Josh Lyon also took home First Team All-Conference honors for the Hoosiers.
Junior first baseman Jerrud Sabourin was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection for the Hoosiers, the second consecutive year that Sabourin has brought home the honor. Seniors Michael Earley (outfield) and Tyler Rogers (second base) each collected Third Team honors from the conference's coaches. Additionally, senior Sterling Mack was named the team's sportsmanship award honoree.
Dickerson, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2009, is the first conference player to win Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. He is the sixth player to take home both honors in his career. He is the third Hoosier to win Big Ten Player of the Year recognition, joining Mike Smith (1992) and Kennard Jones (2002).
Dickerson also sits atop the conference in slugging percentage (.808), hits (93) and total bases (181) and is second in runs scored (58), third in on-base percentage (.464) and fifth in doubles (20). He is fourth nationally with his home run total, and is also among the national leaders in RBI and average. He was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, and hit at least one home run in every weekend series.
Lyon earned first team honors at DH after leading the position in batting average (.370), doubles (21) and slugging percentage (.721). In 165 at-bats this season, Lyon is tied for the conference lead in doubles, a mark that is also tied for third in Hoosier lore. He has also hit 11 home runs on the year, sixth-highest in the conference, and his .721 slugging percentage is third in the league.
Sabourin finished second to Dickerson in the conference with his .410 average, his first season hitting over .400 for the Hoosiers. He has started an amazing 170 straight games for the Hoosiers, mostly at first base, but has taken the mound on three occasions and suited up at DH once. He has a career-high seven homers and 53 runs, and his 15 doubles have matched his career best. His 93 hits this season are tied with Dickerson and Smith for fourth in IU history.
Earley has had a brilliant season protecting Dickerson in the Hoosier lineup. The senior has blasted 13 home runs with a .352 average on the year. He has three multi-homer games this season, mashing multiple longballs against Xavier, Northwestern and Illinois. He has also swiped a team-leading 14 bases and has had a strong defensive season in the outfield. He is the only player in the conference that has reached double digits in both home runs and steals.
Rogers wrapped up his career in style by taking home third team honors at second base. The Lafayette, Ind., native hit .427 in conference play, second in the Big Ten, and added 24 RBI to place among the conference leaders. Overall, he has a .360 average with a team-best four triples and a 9-for-13 mark in steals. He has hit over .300 all three of his seasons for Indiana.
Mack is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers as a standout both on and off the field. The redshirt junior graduated earlier this month with a degree in political science. This season, he has played stellar defense in center field to go along with a .276 average, one home run, 11 RBI and 14 runs. He has played in 43 games, making 19 starts, and has five steals on the year.
The Hoosiers will embark on their third straight trip to the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday as the conference's sixth seed. IU will take on No. 3 seed Northwestern at 3:35 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Live audio and statistics will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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