Dickerson, DeNato named All-Big Ten first team

Indiana designated hitter Alex Dickerson was named All-Big Ten for the third straight year and first team All-Big Ten for the second straight year on Tuesday. After being named the conference’s Player of the Year as a left fielder a season ago, he made it in the designated hitter’s role this season.

Dickerson finished fourth in the league in batting average at .367, tied for second in home runs with nine and fifth in RBIs with 49. He finished first in all three categories a year ago. Dickerson will likely be taken early in June’s Major League Baseball draft, which will mean he will likely leave IU tied for the all-time career lead in home runs with 47.

Dickerson was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by freshman left-handed pitcher Joey DeNato. DeNato finished 7-3 and was second in the conference with a 2.80 earned run average. He struck out 53 batters in 64 1/3 innings.

Second baseman Micah Johnson (.335, 3 HR, 35 RBI) was named to the All-Big Ten third team. DeNato, third baseman Dustin DeMuth (.360, 23 RBI) and closer Ryan Halstead (3-2, 3.16 ERA, nine saves) were named to the All-Big Ten Rookie Team.

The Big Ten’s release follows:

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Michigan State’s Boss, Holm and Wunderlich and Ohio State’s Dezse Claim Top Conference Honors




PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning a share of its first Big Ten Championship since 1979, Michigan State earned three conference individual awards as first baseman Jeff Holm was named Player of the Year, Kurt Wunderlich was named Pitcher of the Year and Jake Boss Jr. was named Coach of the Year. Ohio State’s Josh Dezse was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.



Holm becomes just the second Spartan in history and the first since Bob Malek in 2002 to be named the Big Ten’s top player. The senior ranks second in the conference with a .379 average and a .607 slugging percentage. Holm leads the conference with 61 RBI and also ranks among the Big Ten’s leaders in on-base percentage (.443), runs scored (49), hits (80) and is tied for second with nine home runs.



Wunderlich is the first Michigan State player to collect Pitcher of the Year accolades. The senior leads the Big Ten with nine wins this season and boasts a 3.36 overall ERA. The right-hander picked up his first career complete-game shutout in the final home start of his career last Saturday, helping the Spartans to their first conference title in 32 years.



Boss is the second Spartan to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year, following Tom Smith who earned the accolades in 1988 and 1992. Boss led Michigan State to the program’s fourth Big Ten Championship and first since 1979. The Spartans also earned a bid to the 2011 Big Ten Baseball Tournament for the second time in three years and enter the event with a 34-19 overall record.



Dezse becomes the 10th player in Ohio State history to collect Freshman of the Year honors and the first since J.B. Shuck in 2006. The utility player was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on four occasions during the season. He led his team with a .341 average in all games and a .388 mark during conference play. He also compiled a 4-1 record over 24 pitching appearances, including a 2-0 mark in 12 Big Ten outings.



Holm and Wunderlich are both first-team All-Big Ten selections and are joined by teammates Ryan Jones (2B), Torsten Boss (3B), Brandon Eckerle (OF) and Tony Bucciferro (SP). Also on the first team are Indiana’s Joey DeNato (SP) and Alex Dickerson (DH), Minnesota’s Scott Matyas (RP) and AJ Pettersen (SS), Penn State’s Sean Deegan (OF) and Purdue’s Kevin Plawecki (C) and Barrett Serrato (OF). Eckerle and Deegan are unanimous selections.



The Big Ten also announced the 11 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 – Kevin Plawecki, PUR

1B – Jeff Holm, MSU

2B – Ryan Jones, MSU

SS – AJ Pettersen, MINN

3B – Torsten Boss, MSU

OF – BRANDON ECKERLE, MSU

OF – SEAN DEEGAN, PSU

OF – Barrett Serrato, PUR

DH – Alex Dickerson, IND

SP – Joey DeNato, IND

SP – Tony Bucciferro, MSU

SP – Kurt Wunderlich, MSU

RP – Scott Matyas, MINN



ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

C – Adam Davis, ILL

1B – Josh Dezse, OSU

2B – Pete Cappetta, ILL

SS – Josh Parr, ILL

3B – Chris Lashmet, NU

OF – Patrick Biondi, MICH

OF – Michael O’Neill, MICH

OF – Tyler Spillner, PUR

DH – Paul Snieder, NU

SP – Jarred Hippen, IOWA

SP – Drew Rucinski, OSU

SP – Steven Hill, PSU

RP – Nick Wittgren, PUR



ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM*

C – Tyson Blaser, IOWA

1B – Nick O’Shea, MINN

2B – Micah Johnson, IND

SS – Trevor Stevens, NU

3B – Cameron Perkins, PUR

OF – Willie Argo, ILL

OF – Casey McMurray, ILL

OF – Trevor Willis, IOWA

OF – Stephen Talbott, PUR

DH – Jared Hook, MSU

SP – Brandon Sinnery, MICH

SP – TJ Oakes, MINN

SP – John Walter, PSU

RP – Wes Braun, ILL

RP – Tony Wieber, MSU



ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM

C – Joel Fisher, MSU

1B – JOSH DEZSE, OSU

2B – KYLE RUCHIM, NU

SS – Thomas Lindauer, ILL

3B – DUSTIN DeMUTH, IND

OF – Taylor Zeutenhorst, IOWA

OF – MICHAEL O’NEILL, MICH

OF – Tim Wetzel, OSU

DH – Jack Livingston, NU

SP – JOEY DeNATO, IND

SP – David Garner, MSU

SP – GREG GREVE, OSU

RP – Ryan Halstead, IND

2 comments

  1. Not sure how a kid that didn’t even start all the BigTen games can make first team – a couple of those guys on the second team should be very upset – but good for IU. Now, on to the draft.

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