Two Valley Baseball Players Named Louisville Slugger All-American
The Joe Carter MVC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, Kevin Tokarski of Illinois State and Jordan Cooper of Wichita State, were named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American team, as announced by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday. Both Tokarski and Cooper earned third-team honors.
Tokarski, a sophomore from Downer's Grove, Ill., spent the regular season among the nation's leaders in batting average and on-base percentage and pushed his name to the top of the Illinois State single-season leaderboards in five categories, while leading the Redbirds to a regular-season and tournament title in Valley play. Tokarski is batting.429, the 19th-best mark in the country, heading into this weekend's NCAA Regional at Louisville, and boasts the third-highest on-base percentage in the nation at .551. Tokarski becomes the first Redbird to be named a first, second or third team All-American since Dave Bergman was tabbed as a Sporting News All-American in 1974.
Wichita State's Jordan Cooper joined Tokarski as a Third-Team All-America selection. Cooper, a right-handed sophomore from Berryton, Kan., was the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and finished the season with a 10-3 record and 2.01 ERA in 15 starts. Cooper tossed five complete games and struck out 95 while walking just 20 in 107.1 innings.
Seventy-nine student-athletes, representing 14 conferences were named to one of the three Louisville Slugger All-American teams on Thursday.