Two Hoosiers Selected to Mideast Region Teams
|2001-2002 News Update|
June 25, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. - Junior slugger Vasili Spanos and recent San Diego Padres draftee Kennard Jones represented the Hoosiers on the 2002 Mideast Region teams. Bowling Green led all schools with three players on the first team, while Ball State had three on both the first and second teams.
Spanos was a first team selection at third baseball, making him the only infielder not from Bowling Green to be a first team pick. He had a .385 batting average, hitting 16 home runs with 65 runs batted in. The River Forest, Ill. product also had a slugging percentage of .782, which ranks third on Indianas all-time list. Spanos was also a first team All-Big Ten selection.
Jones joined Spanos as the only Hoosier represented by earning a second team nod. He was a first team All-Big Ten outfielder and led the Big Ten Conference regular season in hitting with a .411 overall average. He also led the league in hits (88), runs (72) and was second in stolen bases (22). The Big Ten Player-of-the-Year was also a third round choice of the San Diego Padres in the 2002 MLB Draft.
Eight other Big Ten players were selected to the Mideast Region teams with Ohio State and Michigan State both claiming two choices. Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Illinois each had one player on either the first or second team.