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Eight Hoosiers receive All-Big Ten Honors



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Sophomore Matt Gorski scores the second run for IU after a teammate hits a line drive out against Purdue during the 2018 season. Gorski hit a three-run home run Thursday, which extended IU's walk-off win against Michigan State into extra innings. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference announced the all-conference baseball teams, which featured eight Hoosiers in total.

A trio of Hoosiers were named to the first team. 

Sophomore outfielder Matt Gorski received the nod after a season in which he hit .370, drove in 35 runs and stole 19 bases.

Junior utility player Matt Lloyd was also named to the first team after hitting eight homers, driving in 37 runs and collecting six saves on the mound. He also had a 0.87 ERA in 12 appearances. 

Junior starter pitcher Jonathan Stiever was IU’s final member on the first team. The Hoosier ace posted a 5-4 record and a 3.08 ERA in 14 appearances and struck out 94 batters, the highest mark in the conference.

This is the first time IU has had at least three players on the first team since 2014 when eight Hoosiers, led by Sam Travis, Kyle Schwarber, and Joey DeNato, made the team.

Junior starting pitcher Pauly Milto and sophomore infielder Scotty Bradley were named to the second team. Milto went 7-2 on the season and recorded a 2.00 ERA in 12 appearances. Bradley hit .330 with six long balls and a .446 on base percentage.

IU had a pair of sluggers on the third team, as junior infielder Luke Miller and senior outfielder Logan Sowers received nods. Miller led the team with 11 home runs, despite missing nearly a month with a foot injury. He also recently earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after a big weekend against Maryland. Sowers hit .318, hit nine homers and drew 36 walks thanks to an improved approach at the plate.

The Hoosiers also had one player named to the all-freshman team, utility player Drew Ashley. Ashley hit .329 with a trio of home runs including a walk-off shot against Illinois in April.

IU’s Sportsmanship Award honoree was senior relief pitcher B.J. Sabol. The left-hander posted a 1.01 ERA and struck out 29 hitters in over 26 innings on the mound.

The Hoosiers will look for each of these players to make their presence felt during their postseason run, which begins on Wednesday in the Big Ten Tournament. 

They'll take on Illinois at 10 p.m. Wednesday in the first round.

Auston Matricardi

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