Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | Baseball
2010 All-Conference Teams

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Illinois State second baseman Kevin Tokarski and Shockers' ace Jordan Cooper highlight the 2010 MVC all-conference baseball teams, being tabbed Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, after leading their respective teams to a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season crown and this week's tournament top two seeds.  Tokarski is Illinois State's first-ever Joe Carter Player of the Year.  Cooper, owner of the nation's sixth best ERA (1.59), leads the Shockers in batters struck out and is the 11th Wichita State hurler to take home Pitcher of the Year honors.  Wichita State designated hitter Preston Springer was named Newcomer of the Year and Purple Aces' freshman shortstop earned Freshman of the Year honors.  Coach of the Year honors will be announced Monday, May 24, at the State Farm MVC Baseball Tournament banquet.

Tokarski, a sophomore from Downers Grove, Ill., ranks among the nation's leaders in batting average, doubles and on-base percentage, reaching base safely in 44 of 46 games this season.  His .433 batting average is the third-highest in Illinois State history and his .547 on-base percentage is the highest-ever by a Redbird.  His league-leading 25 doubles are a single-season record in Redbird program history.  After swiping 27 stolen bases this season, Tokarski also surpassed the Illinois State career stolen bases mark with 60.  His 77 hits are four short of the Redbirds single season record and his walks (44) and runs (60) totals are the third-best ever for an ISU player.  Tokarski is Illinois State's first-ever Joe Carter Player of the Year honoree.

Cooper, who hails from Berryton, Kan., set the school record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 32.1 from April 28-May 20.  He leads the Shockers with a 1.59 ERA, which ranks sixth in the nation, collecting 87 strikeouts in 96.1 innings pitched.  He fanned a career-high 14 batters against Missouri State on May 14, which is tied for the third most strikeouts in a game in Shocker history.  Cooper also leads the Valley with four complete games, all which came in league contests, and also recorded two shutouts in conference action.  Cooper becomes Wichita State's 11th student-athlete to earn Pitcher of the Year honors.

Springer, a native of Denton, Texas, and an Odessa College transfer, made an immediate impact in the Shocker lineup, starting his Wichita State career going 19-for-41 (.463) with 17 RBIs in his first 11 games.  He leads the Shockers in hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and runs scored.  His 58 RBIs rank third in the Valley, while his 18 doubles and 11 home runs both rank fourth amongst league players.  Springer delivered 17 multi-RBI games and hit safely in 38 contests and is the first-ever Shocker to earn the Valley's Newcomer of the Year honor.

Stamets, a product of Dublin, Ohio, is a force on the base paths and in the field, as his school record 41 stolen bases this season ranks among the nation's leaders.  He becomes the first Valley player to swipe more than 40 bases since 1996.  He also leads the league in assists with 214, a total that exceeds his closest competitor by 50 assists.  Stamets has helped Evansville to the nation's third-highest total of double-plays turned, as he has been a part of 51 of the Purple Aces' league-best 65 twin-killings.  Stamets is the first-ever Evansville player to be named Freshman of the Year.

Regular-season co-champion and top-seeded Wichita State placed five players on the all-conference first team, in Cody Lassley (C), Preston Springer (DH), Bret Bascue (OF), Jordan Cooper (SP) and Tim Kelley (SP).  Co-champion and second-seeded Illinois State slated three all-MVC first team members, including Kevin Tokarski (2B), Kenny Long (SP) and Ryan Copeland (SP), while Evansville also knotted three first team honorees - Eric Stamets (SS), Cody Fick (3B) and Greg Wallace (OF).  Indiana State's Ryan Strausborger (OF) and Jake Petricka (SP) also earned honors on the top team, while Missouri State's Kevin Medrano and Southern Illinois' Chris Serritella round out the list of first team accolades.

Eleven of the 15 first team honorees are slated to return next season. 

Featured on the second team are three Braves, including Mike McMillan (1B), Matt Fritz (2B) and Brian Martin (OF) and three Sycamores, in Jeremy Lucas (C), Joe Rodriguez (SP) and Tyler Browning (RP).  Three Southern Illinois Salukis, including Chris Murphy (OF), Nathan Forer (SP) and Bryant George (RP), as well as two Creighton Bluejays, in Elliot Soto (SS) and Jonas Dufek (SP), also earned second-team honors.  Rounding out the members of the 2010 second team are Ryan Court (3B) and Anthony Ruffolo (DH) of Illinois State, Tom Heithoff (UT) of Evansville and Travis Bennett (OF) of Wichita State.

An additional 19 players were honored as part of the honorable mention all-conference team, as student-athletes must receive at least two votes to be named as honorable mention.

All-conference honors and specialty awards are voted on by the league's eight head baseball coaches.

2010 MVC Baseball All-Conference First Team 

Pos.  Name, School 

Yr.

Hometown (Previous School)
1B  Chris Serritella, Southern Illinois&

So.

Glenview, Ill. (Loyola Academy)
2B  Kevin Tokarski, Illinois State

So.

Downers Grove, Ill. (North)
SS  Eric Stamets, Evansville

Fr. 

Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Scioto)
3B  Cody Fick, Evansville%

Jr.

Freeburg, Mo. (Fatima/Jefferson College)
Cody Lassley, Wichita State 

Sr. 

Wichita, Kan. (South)
DH  Preston Springer, Wichita State 

Jr. 

Denton, Texas (Denton/Odessa College)
UT  Kevin Medrano, Missouri State*#

So. 

Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit North)
OF  Greg Wallace, Evansville 

Jr. 

Nanaimo, British Columbia (Dover Bay S.S.)
OF  Ryan Strausborger, Indiana State*!

Sr. 

Osceola, Ind. (Elkhart Memorial)
OF  Bret Bascue, Wichita State 

Sr. 

Derby, Kan. (Derby)
SP  Jake Petricka, Indiana State% 

Jr. 

Faribault, Minn. (Iowa Western CC) 
SP  Jordan Cooper, Wichita State 

So. 

Berryton, Kan. (Shawnee Heights)
SP  Tim Kelley, Wichita State% 

Jr. 

Tulsa, Okla. (Bishop Kelley)
RP  Kenny Long, Illinois State 

So. 

Fox River Grove, Ill. (Dundee Crown)
RP  Ryan Copeland, Illinois State

Sr. 

Des Plaines, Ill. (Elk Grove) 
*2009 First Team All-MVC; #2009 Freshman of the Year; %2009 Second Team All-MVC;
&2009 HM All-MVC; !2008 First Team All-MVC 

Joe Carter Player of the Year:
Kevin Tokarski, Illinois State

Pitcher of the Year:
Jordan Cooper, Wichita State

Newcomer of the Year:
Preston Springer, Wichita State

Freshman of the Year:
Eric Stamets, Evansville

2010 MVC Baseball All-Conference Second Team 

Pos.  Name, School 

Yr.

Hometown (Previous School)
1B  Mike McMillan, Bradley

Sr.

Bloomington, Ill. (Normal University)
2B  Matt Fritz, Bradley

 Sr. 

Northbrook, Ill. (Glenbrook North/DePauw)
SS  Elliot Soto, Creighton*

 Jr. 

Algonquin, Ill. (Dundee Crown)
3B  Ryan Court, Illinois State&

Jr.

Sleepy Hollow, Ill. (Dundee Crown)
Jeremy Lucas, Indiana State 

Fr. 

West Terre Haute, Ind. (West Vigo)
DH  Anthony Ruffolo, Illinois State

Sr. 

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South)
UT  Tom Heithoff, Evansville%

Sr. 

Carroll, Iowa (Kuemper Catholic/North Iowa Area CC)
OF  Brian Martin, Bradley

Jr. 

Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Lombard Montini/College of DuPage)
OF  Chris Murphy, Southern Illinois

Jr. 

Sewickley, Pa. (Fox Chapel)
OF  Travis Bennett, Wichita State%

Sr. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Jefferson/Kirkwood CC/Northern Iowa)
SP  Jonas Dufek, Creighton 

Jr. 

Omaha, Neb. (Millard West)
SP  Joe Rodriguez, Indiana State*

Jr. 

Middletown, N.Y. (Clarendon CC)
SP  Nathan Forer, Southern Illinois 

Sr. 

Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Kaskaskia College)
RP  Tyler Browning, Indiana State 

Fr. 

Mount Carmel, Ill. (Mount Carmel)
RP  Bryant George, Southern Illinois*

Sr. 

DuQuoin, Ill. (DuQuoin)
*2009 First Team All-MVC; %2009 Second Team All-MVC; &2009 HM All-MVC
 

2010 MVC Baseball All-Conference Honorable Mention

Pos.  Name, School 

Yr.

Hometown (Previous School)
1B  Johnny Coy, Wichita State

Fr.

St. Joseph, Mo. (Benton/Arizona State)
SS  Jason Leblebijian, Bradley

 Fr. 

Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect)
SS  Ben Ferrell, Indiana State

 Sr. 

Aurora, Colo. (Hutchinson CC)
3B  Luke Fieser, Indiana State&

Sr.

Woodinville, Wash. (Columbia Basin College)
Carson Vitale, Creighton

Sr.

British Columbia, Canada (Lambrick Park/Larado CC/McLennan CC)
Matt Mirabal, Illinois State

So.

Chicago, Ill. (Mount Carmel)
DH  Tyler Bullock, Southern Illinois*

Sr.

DuQuoin, Ill. (Austin Peay)
UT  Robby Ort, Indiana State

Fr.

Newburgh, Ind. (Castle)
UT  Austin Montgomery, Southern Illinois

Fr.

Marion, Ill. (Marion)
OF  Trever Adams, Creighton

Jr.

Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southeast/Hutchinson CC)
OF  Alex Acheson, Evansville

Sr.

Champaign, Ill (Champaign Central)
OF Nate Smith, Evansville

Jr.

Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Cardinal Leger S.S.)
OF  Kyle Burnam, Indiana State

So.

Marshall, Ill. (Marshall)
OF  Aaron Conway, Missouri State

Jr.

Edwardsville, Ill. (Triad)
SP  Patrick Cooper, Bradley

Jr.

Danville, Ky. (Boyle County/Des Moines Area CC)
SP Aaron Meade, Missouri State*

Jr.

Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst) 
SP Randy Hoelscher, Southern Illinois

Jr.

Belleville, Ill. (Springfield College) 
RP  Corey Davisson, Evansville  Sr.  Bakersfield, Calif. (West/Bakersfield College)
RP  Logan Hoch, Wichita State

Sr. 

Wichita, Kan. (Southeast/Hutchinson CC)
*2009 First Team All-MVC; &2009 HM All-MVC