Three Hoosiers Honored by ABCA
June 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three members of the Indiana baseball team have been honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association for their performance in 2009. Pitcher Eric Arnett and catcher Josh Phegley were both named All-Americans, with Arnett collecting First Team honors and Phegley being a Third Team member. Both Arnett and Phegley were named First Team All-Mideast Region, while DH Alex Dickerson was a Third Team honoree in the region.
The 2009 season marks the first time in the 115 years of Indiana Baseball that two players have been named All-Americans in the same season. IU also set a school record with two First Team All-Region honorees and three total All-Region selections.
Arnett is a consensus All-American, earning honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America and the National College Baseball Writers Association in addition to the coaches. He earned first team recognition from the writers and the coaches and second team honors from the other two publications. He is the first pitcher in school history to earn All-America recognition.
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).
Phegley earned his second All-America nod in 2009, as both Baseball America and the coaches carded him a third team selection. It is the second straight year that he has picked up All-America honors, and he is the first player in school history to be named an All-American in multiple seasons. It is also the second straight season that he has been named First Team All-Region, the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.
Phegley 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 as a junior each 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. The Terre Haute native was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench, presented to the nation's top catcher, in both 2008 and 2009.
Dickerson has collected Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA in addition to his All-Region honors. Dickerson, who became the first Hoosier to take home Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels, led all conference freshmen with his 14 home runs and 57 RBI, his 14 longballs setting a new Indiana freshman record and his 57 driven in falling 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.
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