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Big 12 Baseball Tallies Eight Louisville Slugger All-Americans
May 31, 2012
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Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State) headlines a group of eight Big 12 Louisville Slugger All-America selections, Collegiate Baseball announced. Heaney is a first-team honoree, while Josh Turley (Baylor), Ross Stripling (Texas A&M) and Michael Wacha (Texas A&M) are second team selections. Baylor added three third team selections with Trent Blank, Josh Ludy and Logan Vick for a total of four honors. Tyler Naquin (Texas A&M) also collected third team recognition.

This marks the second consecutive year the Big 12 has placed eight members on the Louisville Slugger All-America team. The league has had five or more selections in 13 years and has totaled 95 overall honors from the outlet.

A left-handed pitcher for the Cowboys, Heaney is the first OSU player to earn first-team All-America honors since Tyler Mach in 2006. The 2012 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team performer is also a finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.

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-leading140 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.

Baylor's four selections are the most by a single team in Big 12 Conference history. Since 1997, a league team has not totaled more than three selections.

Turley, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, has been the Bears' No. 1 starter all season and has led Baylor to wins in 13 of his 14 starts. He ranks third in the Big 12 with a 9-0 record and ninth nationally with a 1.64 ERA. Turley's nine wins are the third-most nationally among undefeated pitchers. An All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Turley has allowed one earned run or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts this season and pitched at least 5.2 innings in 22 of his last 24 starts dating back to last season.

Blank is one of two Big 12 pitchers with 10 wins on the season, tops in the league. He ranks third with a 2.07 ERA, holding opponents to a .229 batting average over 14 starts.

Ludy, the Big 12 Player of the Year, is batting .363 and leads the Big 12 in home runs (12), RBI (64) and slugging percentage (.622). He also ranks in the top 10 in total bases (second -125) and on-base percentage (sixth - .452). The Portland, Ind.-native is a Big 12 All-Tournament team member, Johnny Bench Award semifinalist and a Howser Trophy semifinliast.

Vick, an All-Big 12 First Team member, leads the league with 23 doubles. He ranks in the top 10 in four statistical categories, including walks (fifth - 37), batting (seventh - .347), on-base percentage (eighth - .444) and hits (ninth - 69). The junior ranks ninth on the Big 12 career walks chart with 128 during his career at Baylor.

Stripling and Wacha are semifinalists for the Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, plus sit on the Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Stripling owns a 10-3 record with a team-best 110 strikeouts in 118 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .221 this season against the Southlake, Texas-native. The right-hander made national news earlier this season as he tossed the 11th no-hitter in Texas A&M history on May against San Diego State.

Texas A&M's other ace on the mound, Wacha, is also enjoying a standout campaign as the right-hander has been the Aggies' series-opening starter all season, compiling an 8-1 record. Additionally the Texarkana, Texas, product leads the Aggie starting staff with a 2.21 ERA while recording 107 strikeouts in 106 innings of work.

Naquin finished second in the Big 12 this season with a .384 batting average to go along with team highs in runs (53), doubles (15) and triples (6). Additionally, the right fielder drove in 46 runs while stealing a career-best 21 bases.

BIG 12 LOUISVILLE SLUGGER ALL-AMERICANS
First Team
Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State, SP, Jr.
Second Team
Josh Turley, Baylor, SP, Jr.
Ross Stripling, Texas A&M, SP, Sr.
Michael Wacha, Texas A&M, SP, Jr.
Third Team
Josh Ludy, Baylor, C, Sr.
Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M, OF, Jr.
Logan Vick, Baylor, OF, Jr.

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