Four Missouri Valley Conference baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Midwest All-Region Team. Illinois State's Kevin Tokarski and Wichita State's Preston Springer were named to the first team, while Shocker teammate Jordan Cooper and Evansville's Greg Wallace earned second team honors. Tokarski was also tabbed a second team ABCA All-American. The ABCA's Midwest Region includes 34 schools from such conferences as the Missouri Valley Conference, the Big XII, and the Mountain West Conference.
Kevin Tokarski, Illinois State
For the third time this season, Illinois State second baseman Kevin Tokarski has been selected as an All-American. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named Tokarski to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Second Team and the ABCA All-Midwest Region First Team Thursday.
The redshirt sophomore from Downers Grove, Ill., has already been selected as a Ping! Baseball First Team All-American and a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American. He also took home the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Joe Carter Player of the Year Award and the State Farm Valley Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award.
Tokarski finished the season among the nation's leaders with a .538 on-base percentage (7th in the nation), an average of 1.32 runs scored per game (13th), 25 doubles (tied for 18th), 33 stolen bases (tied for 19th), 70 runs scored (tied for 33rd) and a .412 batting average (tied for 36th). Along with leading the Redbirds in those statistics, Tokarski was also tops on ISU in hits (84), RBIs (53) and slugging percentage (.681).
After missing all but four games of the 2009 season following several wrist surgeries, Tokarski returned in 2010 to set new Illinois State single-season records for on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles, stolen bases and walks (53). Along with his individual achievements, Tokarski helped lead the Redbirds to their first-ever Valley regular season championship and their first State Farm MVC Tournament title since 1994.
Preston Springer, Wichita State
Wichita State baseball student-athletes Preston Springer and Jordan Cooper have been named to the 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association Midwest All-Region Team. Springer was named to the first team and Cooper to the second team.
Springer, a junior from Denton, Texas, hit .324 with 54 runs, 71 hits, 20 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs and 59 RBI. He earned first team all-Valley honors and was also named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer-of-the-Year.
Jordan Cooper, Wichita State
Cooper, a sophomore from Berryton, Kan., went 10-3 with a 2.01 ERA. He pitched 107.1 innings with five complete games and 95 strikeouts. He earned first team all-Valley honors and was also named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year.
Greg Wallace, Evansville
Following one of the most productive offensive seasons in University of Evansville baseball history this spring, junior outfielder Greg Wallace (Nanaimo, British Columbia/Dover Bay S.S.) has been named to the America Baseball Coaches Association's All-Midwest Region second team in a vote of the region's head coaches. Wallace is the first UE player to earn all-region honors since former pitcher Kai Tuomi earned second team honors in 2007. Overall, Wallace is the 18th Purple Ace to earn All-Midwest Region honors.
Wallace earned second team all-region honors after a record-breaking season in which he rewrote three offensive records at UE and one Missouri Valley Conference record at the plate. Wallace tied former Major League great Joe Carter's single-season MVC record for triples with a school-record 13, the fourth-highest single-season total in NCAA Division I history. Wallace also broke UE single-season records for both hits (91) and RBI (75), while hitting a team-best .371. Wallace earned first team all-MVC and MVC All-Tournament Team honors for UE, while ranking among the Valley's leaders in batting average (4th-.371), slugging percentage (2nd-.678), runs scored (5th-55), hits (1st-91), RBI (1st-75), doubles (2nd-22), triples (1st-13), home runs (10th-nine), and total bases (1st-166).