Hoosier All-American Trifecta
May 30, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosier baseball players garnered All-America recognition Thursday (May 30) as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released its 2013 Louisville Slugger All-American teams. Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Slegers and Dustin DeMuth were each awarded the lofty laurels as Schwarber was placed on the Second Team and Slegers and DeMuth were members of the Third Team.
The three All-American total is the highest in school history. Head Coach Tracy Smith was at the helm in 2009 as well, Indiana's only other season with multiple All-Americans. Eleven different Hoosiers have now been named All-Americans on 13 occasions. Coach Smith has mentored five IU All-Americans including two-timers Josh Phegley (2008-2009) and Alex Dickerson (2010-11).
Schwarber and DeMuth are no strangers to Louisville Slugger postseason accolades, both picking up Freshman All-American honors in 2011 and 2010, respectively. The 2013 Freshman All-American team is released next Wednesday (June 5).
Schwarber becomes the third All-American backstop at IU, following in the footsteps of Josh Phegley (2008-09) and Ken St. Pierre (1974). Schwarber enters the NCAA Regionals atop five Big Ten statistical categories with 16 homeruns, a .670 slugging percentage, .459 on-base percentage, 54 runs scored and 136 total bases. The First Team All-Big Ten selection will also don the Stars & Stripes this summer, competing for USA Baseball's 2013 Collegiate National Team.
Slegers is the second All-American pitcher, joining 2009 MLB First Round pick Eric Arnett. Both Hoosiers also won Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in their All-American campaigns. Slegers is leads the conference with nine wins and a 1.93 ERA heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native has punched out 51 batters this season while issuing just 12 walks.
DeMuth's .399 batting average ranks in the top-10 nationally and is tied for the best in the Big Ten. He has clubbed a league-best 19 doubles and is reaching base at a .455 clip. He is the second IU third baseman named All-America after Vasili Spanos was in 2003.
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