PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three BIG EAST players were named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams, as announced on Thursday by Collegiate Baseball News. Connecticut junior righthander Matt Barnes and junior outfielder George Springer earned were each named to the first team, while St. John’s junior shortstop Joe Panik earned third team accolades.
Barnes, the 2011 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection, led the conference in wins (11), ERA (1.20) and strikeouts (97). The 11 wins ranked sixth in the country, while is 1.20 ERA was fourth in the nation. He went 11-3 in the regular season, threw three complete-game shutouts, and teams to just 4.97 hits per nine innings (third in the country).
Springer was the unanimous selection as BIG EAST Player of the year. Springer finished the regular season ranked in the top five of nearly every offensive category in the BIG EAST. He led the league with 74 runs batted in, was second in the circuit with 12 home runs and was fourth with a .361 batting average. He led the league in steals (31) and total bases (139) and was second in doubles (22).
Panik, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, finished the season with a BIG EAST-best .402 batting average. The junior led the league in runs scored (59), hits (86) and on-base percentage (.513). He ranked in the top 30 of the country in batting average (18th), runs scored per game (30th) and on-base percentage (12th).