Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Andrew Heaney collected first-team honors, while Texas A&M earned three distinctions (Tyler Naquin & Ross Stripling - second team; Michael Wacha - third team). Baylor seniors Josh Ludy and Trent Blank along with Texas Tech's Jamodrick McGruder round out the league's representatives. Ludy was named to the second team, while Blank and McGruder are third-team members.
In 15 starts this season, Heaney 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. Opponents hit just .180 against him. Heaney's three shutouts were one shy of the Big 12 single-season record and are fifth on OSU's career list. Among Big 12 pitchers in 2012, Heaney ranks first in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, complete games and opponent batting average.
Ludy and Blank became the first Bears to earn an NCBWA All-America honor since David Murphy was named to the first team in 2003.
Ludy earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors on his way to hitting .362 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI. The senior led the league in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.634), ranked third in batting average and hits (84), fourth in on-base percentage (.455) and ninth in doubles (15). He had five more home runs and 15 more RBI than any other player in the conference. Ludy's 16 home runs were the 10th most in a season in program history, and his 71 RBI ranked fourth all-time at Baylor and were the most since 2003.
Stripling and Naquin become two-time NCBWA All-Americans as both collected third team honors last season.
Naquin led the country in hits in 2011 with 104, batting .381 for the year with 23 doubles and seven triples to earn Big 12 Player of the Year accolades. This season, the outfielder batted .380 while leading the Aggies in runs (56), doubles (18) and triples (6). Additionally, he connected on three home runs with 49 RBI while stealing a career-best 21 bases on 26 attempts. He is the first player in league history to lead the Conference in hits in back-to-back seasons, totaling 92 this year.
Stripling went 10-4 with a 3.08 earned run average while leading Texas A&M with 120 strikeouts and the Big 12 with 125.2 innings pitched. Stripling tossed five complete games this spring and held opponents to a .229 clip at the plate. A fifth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the senior finished his four-year tenure with 31 career wins to rank in a tie for third all-time in program history. Additionally, he struck out 340 batters during his career, third most all-time at A&M.
Blank picked up All-Big 12 second-team honors and went 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA over 105.0 innings of work in 19 appearances. He led the Big 12 in wins, ranked sixth in ERA and ninth in innings pitched. Blank's 11 wins tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history and were the most by a Baylor pitcher since 2000.
Wacha finished the season with a 9-1 record and 2.06 ERA, the lowest among Texas A&M starters. He recorded a complete game shutout at Pepperdine on March 23 when he took a perfect game into the eighth inning. Wacha finished 2012 with 27 career wins to rank in a tie for sixth all-time at Texas A&M. Additionally, Wacha became one of only four Aggie pitchers to surpass the 300-career strikeout mark.
McGruder, an All-Big 12 first-team selection led the Big 12 in 10 statistical categories this season while batting .358 (69-for-193) with 54 runs, six doubles, eight triples, 27 RBI, 45 walks, .500 on-base percentage and ranked fourth in the country with 39-of-44 stolen bases.
McGruder completed his collegiate career ranked second all-time at Texas Tech and also second all-time in Big 12 record books with 90 stolen bases. He became the first player in Texas Tech history to lead the team in stolen bases and triples in three consecutive seasons.
The second baseman also ranked among the top 10 in the NCAA in stolen bases (fourth - 39), on-base percentage (fifth-.500) and triples (10th-8).
2012 BIG 12 NCBWA ALL-AMERICANS
|Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State||SP||Jr.||Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City|
|Josh Ludy, Baylor||C||Sr.||Portland, Ind./Jay County|
|Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M||OF||Jr.||Spring, Texas/Klein Collins|
|Ross Stripling, Texas A&M||SP||Sr.||Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll|
|Trent Blank, Baylor||SP||Sr.||Columbia, Ill./Columbia|
|Michael Wacha, Texas A&M||SP||Jr.||Texarkana, Texas/Pleasant Grove|
|Jamodrick McGruder, Texas Tech||2B||Jr.||Mesquite, Texas/Lubbock Coronado|