Big Ten Announces All-Conference Baseball Teams and Individual Award Winners




May 21, 2013

The Big Ten announced on Tuesday the 2013 baseball individual award winners and All-Conference teams. Illinois’ Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors, while Indiana’s Aaron Slegers was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and Tracy Smith took home Coach of the Year laurels.

Parr is the eighth Illini to earn Player of the Year honors and the first since Lars Davis in 2007. The senior outfielder, and Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, finished the regular season leading the conference in batting average (.415), hits (85), RBI (51) and on-base percentage (.472), while ranking second in slugging (.610) in all games. Parr also earns first-team All-Big Ten recognition.

Slegers is Indiana’s second Pitcher of the Year honoree, following Eric Arnett in 2009. The sophomore right- hander enters the 2013 Big Ten Tournament tied for the conference lead with eight wins and ranked second with a 1.98 ERA in all games. He finished the Big Ten slate with a 1.82 ERA in 54.1 innings of work, which both rank among the conference’s top five. Slegers is also a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team.

Duchene is the second Illinois player to earn Freshman of the Year honors and first since Bubba Smith in 1989. The left-hander finished the Big Ten slate ranked third in ERA (1.74) and fourth in opponent’s batting average (.218). Duchene is also a unanimous All-Freshman Team pick.

Smith becomes the first Indiana coach since Bob Morgan in 1993 to be named Coach of the Year and second overall. Under his guidance, the Hoosiers were nationally ranked in all major polls for the majority of the season and maintained an RPI among the nation’s top 15. Smith led the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten title since 1932, as the squad enters the Big Ten Tournament with a 40-13 record.

Parr and Slegers are joined on the first team by Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber (C) and Ohio State’s Trace Dempsey (RP), who were both tabbed unanimous selections. Also on the first team are Illinois’ David Kerian (1B) and Thomas Lindauer (SS), Indiana’s Dustin DeMuth (3B) and Scott Donley (DH), Michigan’s Michael O’Neill (OF), Minnesota’s DJ Snelten (SP) and Tom Windle (SP), Nebraska’s Chad Christensen (OF) and Pat Kelly (2B) and Ohio State’s Kirby Pellant (SS).

The Big Ten also announced the Sportsmanship Award honorees from each institution. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The complete list of All-Big Ten teams and award winners can be found below.

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM*

C – KYLE SCHWARBER, IND

1B – David Kerian, ILL

2B – Pat Kelly, NEB

SS – Thomas Lindauer, ILL

SS – Kirby Pellant, OSU

3B – Dustin DeMuth, IND

OF – Justin Parr, ILL

OF – Michael O’Neill, MICH

OF – Chad Christensen, NEB

DH – Scott Donley, IND

SP – AARON SLEGERS, IND

SP – DJ Snelten, MINN

SP – Tom Windle, MINN

RP – TRACE DEMPSEY, OSU

 

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

C – Kurt Schlangen, MINN

1B – Sam Travis, IND

2B – Zach Morton, NU

3B – Jacob Cronenworth, MICH

OF – Jordan Parr, ILL

OF – Eric Toole, IOWA

OF – Jimmy Pickens, MSU

DH – Michael Pritchard, NEB

SP – Kevin Duchene, ILL

SP – Joey DeNato, IND

SP – Luke Farrell, NU

RP – Scott Effross, IND

 

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM

C – Cole Martin, MICH

1B – Kash Kalkowski, NEB

2B – Connor Schaefbauer, MINN

SS – Michael Basil, IND

3B – Blake Headley, NEB

OF – Andy Henkemeyer, MINN

OF – Rich Sanguinetti, NEB

OF – Kyle Ruchim, NU

DH – Blaise Salter, MSU

SP – Andrew Waszak, MSU

SP – Brad Goldberg, OSU

SP – Brian King, OSU

RP – Ryan Halstead, IND

 

ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM*

C – Jason Goldstein, ILL

1B – JOSH ESTILL, PUR

2B – Nick Ramos, IND

SS – TRAVIS MAEZES, MICH

3B – Jacob Cronenworth, MICH

OF – CAM GIBSON, MSU

OF – JAMES COATES, PSU

OF – Kyle Johnson, PUR

DH – KYLE WOOD, PUR

SP – KEVIN DUCHENE, ILL

SP – Will Coursen-Carr, IND

SP – Evan Hill, MICH

SP – Jordan Minch, PUR

RP – Scott Effross, IND

 

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Alex Lincoln, ILL

Michael Basil, IND

Ricky Sandquist, IOWA

Patrick Biondi, MICH

Jordan Keur, MSU

Ryan Abrahamson, MINN

Bryan Peters, NEB

Trevor Stevens, NU

Ryan Cypret, OSU

Luis Montesinos, PSU

Robert Ramer, PUR

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Justin Parr, ILL

 

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Aaron Slegers, IND

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Kevin Duchene, ILL

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

TRACY SMITH, IND

 

Unanimous honorees in ALL CAPS

*additional honoree due to tie