Arnett Picks Up All-America Honor
May 29, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior pitcher Eric Arnett of the Indiana baseball team has been named a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced today. Arnett has posted a 12-1 record with a 2.58 ERA and 103 strikeouts heading into tonight's matchup against Louisville. He has already been named a Pitcher of the Year Finalist by College Baseball Foundation and the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Year.
The Pataskala, Ohio, native is the second Hoosier in as many years to pick up All-America recognition, as catcher Josh Phegley was named an All-American by several publications in 2008. Arnett, who has tied a school record for single-season wins and is six strikeouts shy of that season record, is the first pitcher in IU history to be named an All-American
Arnett is slated to go head-to-head with a fellow All-American in tonight's NCAA Regional contest against Louisville, as lefty Justin Marks also picked up second team honors. The Hoosiers and Cardinals will square off at 7 p.m. in Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville in IU's first NCAA Tournament contest since 1996.
In addition to IU's game against Louisville, Middle Tennessee State (No. 2 seed) and Vanderbilt (No. 3 seed) will be at the Louisville Regional. The NCAA Regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament that runs from Friday to Sunday. The team to advance out of each regional moves on to the Super Regionals, a best-of-three series against one other team. The winner of the Super Regional then moves on to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Indiana earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its first Big Ten Tournament Championship since 1996. The Hoosiers won all four of their games in the tournament to claim the conference's postseason crown.
Indiana won all four of its games in decisive fashion, outscoring its opponents 47-9 during the tournament. The Hoosiers delivered at least 15 hits in every game and limited its opposition to just 26 hits throughout the tourney.
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