Three Missouri Valley Conference baseball student-athletes have earned Freshman All-America honors, including Evansville's Eric Stamets, Johnny Coy of Wichita State and Creighton's Ty Blach. The All-American status was the first for Blach, while Coy tallied his second accolade and Stamets his third.
Eric Stamets, Evansville
Evansville freshman shortstop Eric Stamets (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto) garnered two more Freshman All-America honors, as he was named a 2010 Pro-Line Athletic First Team Freshman All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and a second team Freshman All-American by Ping!Baseball. Stamets received Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors last week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Stamets was one of 30 freshmen from across Division I baseball to earn 2010 Pro-Line Athletic NCBWA Freshman All-America honors, while being selected as the only first team choice at shortstop. He was selected as one of two second team Ping!Baseball Freshman All-Americans alongside Dallas Baptist's Austin Elkins, as they trailed only Arizona State's Deven Marrero on the Freshman All-America teams.
Stamets earned first team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors and was named the MVC Freshman of the Year this spring after being one of the nation's leaders in stolen bases. Stamets led all freshmen nationally in stolen bases at the Division I level this year with a school-record 43, while ranking among the overall national leaders all season long.
Stamets started all 59 games for UE at shortstop as a true freshman 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. Stamets 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. Stamets finished the 2010 season leading the MVC in assists, as he dished out 57 more assists than any other player in the league. He also helped key 54 of UE's school-record and conference-leading 69 double plays this spring.
Stamets is the first Purple Ace to earn Freshman All-America honors from both the NCBWA and Ping!Baseball. Overall, he is the ninth UE player to earn Freshman All-America honors, and is just the second to earn Freshman All-America honors from various publications.
Johnny Coy, Wichita State
Wichita State baseball student-athlete Johnny Coy has been named a Freshman All-American by Ping!Baseball. Coy was named to the third team.
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.
Coy was also named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
Ty Blach, Creighton
Creighton pitcher Ty Blach has been named a third-team Freshman All-American by PingBaseball.com. The Centennial, Colo., native is Creighton's first Freshman All-American in baseball since 2007.
Blach went 3-3 while striking out 58 men in 75.1 innings of work. His 3.11 ERA ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference, and he also ranked second in the league in opponent batting average (.231). His ERA ranks third nationally among freshmen that threw 75 or more innings.
The southpaw started 11 of his 14 appearances, moving into the Jays' weekend rotation by the end of March. He claimed wins over Bradley, Evansville and Seattle.Blach's strikeout and inning total both ranked in the top-four in Bluejay history among freshmen.
2010 Freshmen With 75 IP, 3.11 ERA or better include: Michael Wacha, Texas A&M (9-2, 2.90 ERA); Hudson Randall, Florida (8-3, 2.95 ERA); and Ty Blach, Creighton (3-3, 3.11 ERA).