Phegley, Bashore Earn All-Region Recognition
June 17, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomores Matt Bashore and Josh Phegley have been named to the 2008 ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Teams by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the organization announced today. Phegley was a first team selection at catcher, while Bashore earned second team honors at pitcher from the organization.
Phegley, who earlier collected All-America honors from the National College Baseball Writers of America and 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. Bashore, a first team All-Big Ten honoree, was the top pitcher on the Hoosier staff, going 7-3 with a 3.59 ERA during 2008. He led the conference with 86 strikeouts, tied for fifth on IU's all-time list.
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.
Bashore and Michigan's Chris Fetter were the only two pitchers to collect Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times during the 2008 season. Against Portland on March 13, Bashore struck out 12 Pilots, the most by a Hoosier pitcher since Zach McClellan struck out 14 against Vermont in 2001. Bashore also became the first Hoosier hurler since 1996 to pick up first team all-conference laurels.
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