TUSCON, Ariz. (May 31, 2012) -- Four Baylor baseball players were named Louisville Slugger All-Americans, as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and announced Thursday. The Bears’ four selections are the most ever by a Big 12 team.
Baylor junior Josh Turley earned second-team All-America honors, while seniors Trent Blank and Josh Ludy and junior Logan Vick were named third-team All-Americans. Baylor’s four selections tied Florida State for the most nationally.
The quartet gives Baylor 11 all-time All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and its first since Kelly Shoppach was named to the first team in 2001. Baylor hadn’t had an All-American from any publication since David Murphy and Chris Durbin in 2003.
The Bears’ four All-Americans are the most in a single season in program history, passing the three All-Americans in 1998 (Kip Wells, Jason Jennings and Charley Carter) and 1999 (Jason Jennings, Eric Nelson and Jon Topolski). Baylor has now had 22 players earn All-America honors, including 16 during the 18-year Steve Smith era.
Turley, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, is 9-0 with a 1.64 ERA over 93.1 innings this season. He is one of only three pitchers nationally with at least eight wins and no losses. Turley has led Baylor to wins in 13 of his 14 starts this season, with the lone loss coming after he threw 7.0 shutout innings in a 1-0, 10-inning loss at Oklahoma.
Ludy, who was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, leads the Big 12 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI on the season. His .363 batting average is third in the league, and he’s twice been named Big 12 Player of the Week this year.
Blank, a second-team All-Big 12 selection, leads the Big 12 and ranks 11th nationally with 10 wins, and his 2.07 ERA ranks third in the league. He’s pitched in 16 games and made 14 starts, leading the Bears to a 12-2 record in games he starts on the mound.
Vick, who was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2010, leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth nationally with 23 doubles. His .347 batting average ranks seventh in the Big 12, and his .444 on-base percentage is eighth in the league.
The Bears accounted for half of the eight All-Americans from the Big 12 Conference. In addition to Turley, Blank, Ludy and Vick, Oklahoma State’s Andrew Heaney and Texas A&M’s Ross Stripling, Michael Wacha and Tyler Naquin were honored.
Baylor (44-14) won its third Big 12 Conference title and its second outright league championship in the last 89 years. The Bears enter the 2012 Waco Regional as the No. 4 national seed and are hosting a regional for the fourth time in school history. Baylor opens NCAA Tournament play at 6 p.m. Friday against Oral Roberts.