Stamets and Coy Earn Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Honors
Two Missouri Valley Conference baseball student-athletes have been named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Evansville shortstop Eric Stamets and Wichita State first baseman Johnny Coy were both named to the team as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Stamets was a first team all-Missouri Valley Conference selection and was named the MVC Freshman of the Year after leading all freshmen nationally in stolen bases at the Division I level, having swiped a school-record 43 bases this spring. Overall, Stamets currently ranks fifth at the Division I level in stolen bases.
Stamets started all 59 games for UE at shortstop this spring, and he proceeded to hit .321 with 15 doubles, four home runs and 27 RBI, while leading the team and ranking fourth in the MVC with 57 runs scored. He was a constant at the top of the UE batting order, as he did not go back-to-back games without a base hit for the Purple Aces, while posting a .422 on-base percentage as UE's lead-off man.
Stamets also shined defensively for the Purple Aces, posting a solid .962 fielding percentage while setting a new single-season school record for assists with 226. He finished the 2010 season leading the MVC in assists, as he dished out 57 more assists than any other player in the league. Stamets also helped key 54 of UE's school-record and conference-leading 69 double plays this spring.
Coy, a first baseman from St. Joseph, Mo., hit .331 with 34 runs, 46 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 32 RBI. He played in 44 games in 2010 with 33 starts and earned honorable mention all-Valley honors.