Phegley Garners Second All-America Recognition
June 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore catcher Josh Phegley has been named a 2008 Pro-Line Athletic Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America, the organization announced today. Phegley, who was earlier named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball News, finished off one of the best offensive seasons in IU history with a .438 average, 15 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 doubles.
Phegley was one of just two Big Ten players to be honored by the organization. The sophomore was joined by Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Zach Putnam on the second team. Phegley is currently in his second day of practice at the 2008 USA Baseball National Team Trials. The catcher is one of 38 college underclassmen that have earned invites to the Trials, which will take place from June 11-23 throughout the eastern part of the United States. Of the 38, 22 will be selected for the National Team, which will be chosen on June 24.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native was the only Big Ten player with an average over .400 and also was the only one with an on-base percentage over .500 (.507). He led the conference in average, hits, total bases, sacrifice flies, OBP and RBI on the year, and finished second in runs (69) and slugging percentage (.746). Phegley is currently second in the nation in average and fifth in RBI.
Phegley's season places him in the top 10 in school history in a number of categories. His season is among the Hoosiers' all-time leaders in average (3rd), RBI (4th), runs (8th), hits (t-2nd), doubles (t-5th), home runs (t-7th), extra-base hits (t-7th) and slugging (10th). He also set a school and conference record for RBI in Big Ten games by driving in 45 in 36 contests.
Phegley is the second Hoosier this week to pick up NCBWA honors, as earlier this week freshman first baseman Jerrud Sabourin was named a second team Freshman All-American by the group. Sabourin had a stellar freshman campaign for the Hoosiers, starting 59 games at first base and hitting .383 with 14 doubles and 53 RBI.
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