Four Hoosiers Earn All-America Honors
May 29, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams were announced by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday. A school record four Indiana players earned a spot on those teams. Juniors Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis were named second team All-Americans as seniors Joey DeNato and Dustin DeMuth were named to the third team.
The four All-American total is the highest in program history. It is the second-straight year that Indiana has had three or more All-Americans.
IU has had 14 different players earn All-America honors on 18 occasions. In head coach Tracy Smith's tenure, IU has had eight different players on 12 occasions be named All-Americans.
Both DeMuth and Schwarber are now two-time All-Americans as Schwarber was named a first teamer last year as DeMuth was on the second team in 2013. Including those two players, the Hoosiers have had four players earn All-America honors twice (Josh Phegley 2008 and 2009, Alex Dickerson 2010 and 2011).
Schwarber leads the team with 12 home runs, a slugging percentage of .541, 41 walks and 61 runs scored heading into NCAA Regional play while batting .340 with 41 RBI.
Travis, the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, is IU's RBI leader with 53 while batting .342 with 10 home runs. He has slugged .561 so far this season.
DeMuth is batting .381 on the year with five home runs and 36 RBI. He leads the Big Ten in batting average and hit .448 in Big Ten games only in 2014. DeMuth holds a .541 slugging percentage overall on the year. He is currently the active NCAA Division I leader in career hits with 311.
DeNato becomes the third pitcher in Indiana history to be named an All-American (Eric Arnett 2009, Aaron Slegers 2013). The senior southpaw has been dominant in 2014 with a 12-1 record and 1.77 ERA. He's pitched a team-leading 101.2 innings with 77 strikeouts this season. DeNato is the Indiana all-time career leader in wins (36), strikeouts (293) and innings pitched (362.0).
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