Barrett Barnes, Jamodrick McGruder Named All-Big 12 First Team|
Barnes and McGruder named All-Big 12 first team - LeJeune earns second team honors
May 22, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior outfielder Barrett Barnes and junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder were named All-Big 12 first team while junior first baseman Scott LeJeune received All-Big 12 second team honors, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday.
Texas Tech had seven players that received recognition as sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann, junior catcher Bo Altobelli and junior right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles were named All-Big 12 honorable mention and freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Top conference honors were given to Baylor's Josh Ludy (Player of the Year), Oklahoma State's Andrew Heaney (Pitcher of the Year), Baylor's Nathan Orf (Newcomer of the Year), Texas' Parker French (Freshman of the Year) and Baylor's Steve Smith was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading Baylor to the regular season championship.
Barnes (Sugar Land, Texas) is the fourth Texas Tech player to earn All-Big 12 (first or second team) in three consecutive seasons and the first since Roger Kieschnick (2006-08). Barnes led the Big 12 in slugging percentage (.597) and total bases (123) while ranking among the top 10 in the conference in numerous statistical categories.
Barnes batted .325 (67-for-206) with 53 runs, 17 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 49 RBI, 32 walks and posted 19-of-20 stolen bases.
McGruder, (Mesquite, Texas), who is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player in collegiate baseball), was the Big 12 leader in runs (54), triples (8), stolen bases (39), walks (45) and on-base percentage (.500) to name a few.
He led the Red Raiders batting .358 (69-for-193) with 27 RBI and a .503 slugging percentage. He finished the season with 22 consecutive stolen bases dating back to March 21. In addition, this marks McGruder's third time earning an All-Big 12 honor as he received honorable mention in 2010 and 2011.
LeJeune (Austin, Texas) returns to the All-Big 12 second team after also earning the recognition as a sophomore in 2010. LeJeune batted .296 (66-for-223) with 31 runs, 16 doubles, one home run, 43 RBI and 17 walks. LeJeune tied for fourth in the conference with 16 doubles.
Altobelli (Plano, Texas), had a standout junior season batting .346 (71-for-205), which ranked eighth in the Big 12, with 31 runs, 12 doubles, three home runs, 33 RBI and tallied 16 walks with only 22 strikeouts. Altobelli's 71 base hits led the team and ranked fourth in the league. Altobelli was named to the Johnny Bench Award list for the second consecutive season.
von Schamann (Edmond, Okla.) went 6-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 12 starts with three complete games and 86.2 innings pitched with 60 strikeouts and 12 walks allowed. He had the best ERA by a Red Raider since 2002 (Steve Rowe - 1.51) and the third best ERA by a Tech pitcher during the aluminum bat era (since 1974).
Broyles (Burleson, Texas) led the Red Raiders with 23 appearances and tallied a 2-2 record with a 4.42 ERA in 57 innings pitched. He recorded 46 strikeouts with 20 walks allowed as opponents batted .253. He tallied nine scoreless appearances in 18 relief opportunities.
Proudfoot (North Bend, Wash.) was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team after becoming one of the top fielding shortstops in the nation during his first collegiate season. Proudfoot fielded .957 (78 putouts, 169 assists, 11 errors) while making only two fielding errors this season with nine throwing miscues. At the plate, Proudfoot batted .237 (49-for-207) with 33 runs, 14 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 29 RBI. In addition, Proudfoot was one of just four freshmen in the country to be named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, an award given annually to the nation's top collegiate shortstop.
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