Three Hoosiers Earn All Ping! Recognition
June 7, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three members of the Indiana baseball team have been named to the 2009 All Ping!Baseball teams. Junior catcher Josh Phegley, junior pitcher Eric Arnett and freshman designated hitter Alex Dickerson were all honored by the Ping!Baseball staff.
Phegley was selected as one of two honorees at catcher on the second team. The Terre Haute native once again dented the Indiana record books in 2009 after posting one of the top seasons in school history in 2008. His 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 2009 both rank him in the top 10 in school history, and his career marks of 32 longballs and 162 runs driven in are also among IU's top 10. He was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, presented to the nation's top catcher, and the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation.
Arnett was selected as one of the pitchers on the third team by Ping! The Pataskala, Ohio, native posted a 12-2 record with a 2.50 ERA and 109 strikeouts on the season. He matched the school's single-season record in both wins and Ks. Arnett, who earned Second Team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, is the first pitcher in school history to collect All-America recognition. He was also one of five finalists for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year and joined Phegley as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
Dickerson also picked up third team honors for the Hoosiers. The Poway, Calif., native, who became the first Hoosier to take home Freshman of the Year laurels, led all Big Ten freshmen with his 14 home runs and 57 RBI. His 14 longballs set a new Indiana freshman record and his 57 runs driven in fell one short of the IU rookie mark. The left-handed hitting Dickerson finished eighth in the conference with a .370 average in his debut season for the Hoosiers, where he hit in the cleanup spot for 57 out of IU's 59 games. His .618 slugging percentage (sixth), 57 RBI (eighth), 15 doubles (tied for seventh), 147 total bases (second) and 88 hits (third) were all among the conference's top 10.
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