Bashore Named September C.H.A.M.P.S Champ of the Month
Oct. 7, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Matt Bashore, a standout pitcher for the Indiana baseball team, was named the C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for September for his efforts on and off the field.
The Tipp City, Ohio, native joined a number of IU student-athletes in mid-September to assist in the construction of the Karst Farm Playscape, one of many community projects the Hoosiers take pride in. Bashore was instrumental in the construction of the playscape, which is a playground that will serve children of all abilities.
"Matt may be more known for his ability and accomplishments on the baseball field, but it's nice for him to be recognized for what he does off the field as well," Indiana head baseball coach Tracy Smith said. "We are proud to have our athletes and all they do, but at the same time, we don't want them to take their status as an athlete for granted. Matt and the rest of the team really appreciated the opportunity to take part in the project at Karst Farm."
Bashore was the breakout pitcher of the Big Ten last year, earning First Team All-Big Ten laurels after posting a 7-3 record with a 3.59 ERA. Bashore struck out 86 batters in just 82 2/3 innings for the top strikeout total in the conference and the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. He was one of just two players in the conference to garner Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times on the season.
His top performances came at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif., when he struck out 12 Portland Pilots to become the first Hoosier in eight years with 12 or more K's in a contest.
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