Gorski, Lloyd, Stiever land All-Big Ten 1st Team honors

A trio of Hoosiers received All-Big Ten First Team honors on Tuesday.

Outfielder Matt Gorski, utility man Matt Lloyd and Friday starter Jonathan Stiever landed top billing on the league’s annual postseason awards list, marking the first time since 2014 that IU placed three players on the all-conference first team.

After receiving All-Big Ten freshman honors last season, Gorski emerged as one of the Hoosiers’ most reliable contributors. He leads the team in batting average (.370), hits (71), doubles (13), triples (3), total bases (111) and stolen bases (19)

Lloyd, who played second base, first base and served as IU’s closer, ranks sixth in the league with six saves. He leads Indiana with 37 RBIs and is third with 59 hits and eight home runs.

Stiever leads the Big Ten with 94 strikeouts and is currently sixth in school history for single-season strikeouts. The right-hander also leads the conference with 90 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Regular season champion Minnesota cleaned up the individual awards.

Right-hander Patrick Fredrickson received the Big Ten’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year awards, while John Anderson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the seventh time. Illinois slugger Bren Spillane was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

Five additional Hoosiers received postseason recognition from the Big Ten, including second team honors for Saturday starter Pauly Milto and first baseman/ designated hitter Scotty Bradley. Right fielder Logan Sowers and third baseman Luke Miller landed on the third team, while utility man Drew Ashley received all-freshman honors.

Milto ranks third in the Big Ten with a 2.00 ERA and seven wins, while his WHIP of 1.15 is sixth-best in the league.

Bradley claimed a regular spot in the lineup midway through the season, batting .368 in Big Ten games. He’s sixth in the conference in on-base percentage (.469) and seventh in slugging percentage (.632).

Miller, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, ranks fourth in the league with 11 home runs.

Sowers leads the Big Ten with 36 walks and is tied for eighth with nine home runs. In conference games, he’s tied for fifth with five home runs.

Ashley has received more regular playing time down the stretch, making 19 starts on the year. He’s second on the team with a .365 batting average in conference games.