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Thursday, June 10, 2010 | Baseball
Tokarski and Cooper Named Ping! Baseball All-Americans
The 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Joe Carter Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, Kevin Tokarski and Jordan Cooper, respectively, have been named to the Ping! Baseball All-American team, as announced Wednesday by the organization. The honor marks the second All-America accolade for both Tokarski and Cooper, as they were both named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team last week.
Tokarski earned first team honors after finishing the 2010 season with a .412 batting average and school-record .538 on-base percentage. He hit his eighth home run of the season during last weekend's NCAA Louisville Regional at Patterson Stadium and finished as the Redbirds' leader in RBI with 53. Tokarski set new school marks with 84 hits, 70 runs scored, 25 doubles, 53 walks, and surpassed his own single-season record with 33 steals. Tokarski, with his second All-America honor, is the first Redbird to be named to a first, second, or third team since Dave Bergman was tabbed as a Sporting News All-American in 1974.
Cooper, a sophomore right-hander from Berryton, Kan., went 10-3 with a 2.01 ERA for the Shockers in 2010. He pitched 107.1 innings with five complete games and 95 strikeouts. He led the team in complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts.