Six From Big 12 Make Baseball America’s All-America Team
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 06/22/2012
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Six Big 12 student-athletes were named to the 2012 Baseball America All-America team marking the third straight year that the Conference has had at least four representatives honored.

Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State) and Josh Ludy (Baylor) earned a spot on the first team, while Jamodrick McGruder (Texas Tech) and Michael Wacha (Texas A&M) were second team selections. Tyler Naquin (Texas A&M) and Josh Turley (Baylor) rounded out the Big 12 contingent as third team honorees.

The Conference has totaled 76 Baseball America All-America selections and 21 first team members since 1997.

The Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Heaney, tallied his fourth first-team All-American accolade as he has previously been recognized by Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association. In 15 starts this season, the ninth overall draft pick by the Miami Marlins was 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He tossed six complete games, including three shutouts, and racked up an NCAA-leading 140 strikeouts in 118.1 innings of work.

Ludy, hit .362 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI to lead a Baylor offense that led the league in nine categories. His 71 RBI were the fourth-most in a single season in program history, and his 16 home runs were the most ever by a Baylor catcher.

On the second team, McGruder, an All-Big 12 first team selection, batted .358 with 54 runs, eight triples, 45 walks, .500 on-base percentage and 39 stolen bases during his junior season. He finished the 2012 season leading the Big 12 in six offensive statistical categories, including triples, stolen bases and on-base percentage. He ranked fourth in the league in batting.

Wacha was the Aggies' series-opening starter all season, compiling a 9-1 record. Additionally, the Texarkana, Texas, product led the Aggie starting staff with a 2.06 ERA while recording 116 strikeouts in 113.1 innings of work.

Meanwhile on the third team, Naquin finished his junior campaign in 2012 with a Big 12-best .380 batting average to go along with team highs in runs (56), doubles (18) and triples (6). Additionally, the rifle-armed outfielder drove in 49 runs while stealing a career-best 21 bases.

Baylor's Turley earned third-team recognition after the junior finished the 2012 season with a 9-1 record and a 1.96 ERA in 110.0 innings over 17 starts. His 1.96 ERA was the fifth-lowest by a Baylor pitcher during the aluminum-bat era, and his 9-1 record gave him the best winning percentage by a junior in program history.

BIG 12 BASEBALL AMERICA ALL-AMERICANS
First Team
Josh Ludy, Baylor, Sr., C
Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State, Jr., SP
Second Team
Michael Wacha, Texas A&M, Jr., SP
Jamodrick McGruder, Texas Tech, Jr., INF
Third Team
Josh Turley, Baylor, Jr., SP
Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M, Jr., OF

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