Lewis Named to All-Big Ten Tournament Team
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana freshman pitcher Josh Lewis has been named to the 2003 Big Ten Baseball All-Tournament team, announced at the conclusion of the event. Lewis joins senior Vasili Spanos and sophomore Corby Heckman, who were both named All-Big Ten Conference, to form a trio of Hoosiers honored by the Big Ten within the last week. Spanos was the first-team third baseman while Heckman earned third-team honors at second base.
Lewis pitched the Hoosiers to an 8-1 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament last Friday. The rookie righthander gave up just five hits and one earned run while striking out a season-high seven batters in nine innings. It was his third complete game of the season.
Lewis closed the season with a 5-2 record and a 4.55 ERA. All seven of his decisions came against Big Ten competition. He ranked second on the team with 12 starts and third with 61.1 innings pitched. In addition, he limited opponents to a .240 batting average for the season.
The Mt. Airy, Md., product (South Carroll HS), is one of three pitchers on the team and is the only player on the All-Tournament team not from Ohio State, the tournament champion, or from Minnesota, the runner-up He joins Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins as the only two freshmen to make the 2003 team. Lewis is the eighth IU player since the tournament began in 1981 to receive the honor. Last season, senior shortstop Eric Blakeley made the team.
After leading the Big Ten in batting average (.434), home runs (8), on-base percentage (.525) and slugging percentage (.778), Spanos earned first-team honors for the second straight season. His batting average in league games is more than 40 points higher than the next-best hitter in the Big Ten. The River Forest, Ill. (Oak Park HS), native is also the first Hoosier to lead the Big Ten in batting average and home runs since Mike Smith won the triple crown in 1992.
In all games, Spanos closed the season with a .412 batting average, 47 RBI and 11 home runs. He ranks among the top five in IU history in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and doubles. Spanos earned preseason All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association and was a third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches' Association as a junior in 2002.
After a breakout season, Heckman appeared on the All-Big Ten team for the first time in his career. He ranks among the top 10 hitters in the League with a .372 batting average overall and a .365 clip in Big Ten play. Heckman had 20 multiple-hit games this season and finished second on the team with 15 doubles and 44 runs scored. He also had four home runs and 29 RBI. The Spencer, Ind. (Owen Valley HS) product was selected the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on May 6 for his performance in a four-game series with Penn State.
Big Ten Baseball All-Tournament Team
P - Glen Perkins, Minnesota
P - Josh Newman, Ohio State
P - Josh Lewis, Indiana
C - Jake Elder, Minnesota
1B - David Roach, Minnesota
2B - Luke Appert, Minnesota
SS - Brett Garrard, Ohio State
3B - David Hrncirik, Minnesota
OF - Christian Snavely, Ohio State
OF - Ben Pattee, Minnesota
OF - Mike Rabin, Ohio State
DH - Steve Caravati, Ohio State
Tournament's Most Outstanding Player - Brett Garrard
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