Arnett Named First Team All-American
June 12, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior pitcher Eric Arnett has been named a First Team Pro-Line Athletic All-American by the National College Baseball Writers of America. Arnett is just the fourth player in school history to earn First Team All-America recognition and is the first since Mike Smith in 1992 to be so honored.
Arnett, who previously collected Second Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, became the eighth player in school history to be named an All-American. In concert with Josh Phegley's second team All-America selection in 2008, IU has seen players earn All-America honors in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history,
The right-hander recently became the second player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Arnett, who was selected 26th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round to lead all Hoosiers, joins Jim DeNeff (8th, 1966) as the only two IU players drafted in the first round in Hoosier lore. The righty is the first opening-round draft pick from a Big Ten team since Glen Perkins (University of Minnesota) was chosen 22nd by the Twins in 2004.
Arnett 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. He was one of five finalists for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year and joined Phegley as a one of 30 finalists nationally for the Golden Spikes Award. The righthander ranks in the nation's top 20 in wins (fifth), ERA (19th) and strikeouts (18th).
Arnett was one of seven Hoosiers selected in the 2009 Draft. Phegley and Matt Bashore were taken in the supplemental round, as Phegley went 38th overall to the Chicago White Sox and Bashore was chosen 46th overall by the Minnesota Twins. Indiana had previously had just two players in school history selected in the top 50 picks.
In addition to those three, Evan Crawford (9th round, San Francisco), Kipp Schutz (19th round, Baltimore), Joey O'Gara (31st round, Florida) and Jake Dunning (33rd round, San Francisco) all were selected in the three-day event. The seven draftees is a record for the Hoosiers.
Check back soon