MVC Announces Baseball Scholar-Athlete Teams
Thursday, June 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Twelve league baseball players have been named to the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete First team, including one unanimous selection, Creighton's Ty Blach, as voted on by the conference’s baseball sports information directors and announced by the league office today. 

Evansville and Indiana State earned the most first team selections, as three-time first team selection Trentt Copeland is joined by Purple Aces' teammates Jason Hockemeyer and Jason Kohler, while Indiana State's Jeremy Lucas and Koby Kraemer, both two-time first team honorees, are joined by fellow Sycamore Jon Hedges. Creighton had two selections, as Bluejay Nick Judkins joins Blach, while Illinois State (Chad Hinshaw), Missouri State (Brent Seifert), Southern Illinois (Austin Montgomery) and Wichita State (Kevin Hall) each had one honoree. 

Six of the 12 first team spots are held by graduating seniors, with five juniors and one sophomore completing the makeup of the first team.

In all, seven league schools are represented on the first team, with an additional 12 student-athletes named to the honorable mention team. A total of 36 student-athletes were nominated for scholar-athlete honors. 

The criteria for the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team voting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves, with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average.  Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.

Name School Year Pos. GPA Major Hometown (Previous School)
Ty Blach^ Creighton Jr. LHP  3.86 Financial Analysis Centennial, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)
Trentt Copeland^+ Evansville Sr. 2B  3.78 Marketing Guelph, Ontario (John F. Ross CVI)
Kevin Hall^# Wichita State Sr. OF  3.69 Chemistry Springfield, Ill. (Glenwood)
Jon Hedges Indiana State Sr. 1B  3.63 Criminology Owensboro, Ky. (Owensboro/Olney CC)
Chad Hinshaw* Illinois State Jr. OF  3.62 Health Education Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)
Jason Hockemeyer Evansville Jr. OF  3.54 Biology Sanford, Mich. (Meridian/Grand Rapids CC)
Nick Judkins* Creighton Sr. 1B  3.51 Marketing Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North/Iowa Central)
James Kohler  Evansville  So.  RHP  3.91 Biology Ames, Iowa (Ames)
Koby Kraemer^ Indiana State Jr. 3B 3.94 Physical Education/Exercise Science Terre Haute, Ind. (South Vigo)
Jeremy Lucas^ Indiana State Jr. C 3.54 Recreation/Sport Management West Terre Haute, Ind. (West Vigo)
Austin Montgomery Southern Illinois Jr. 3B/OF 3.59 Mechanical Engineering Marion, Ill. (Marion)
Brent Seifert^ Missouri State Sr. 3B 3.63 Physical Education Cameron, Mo. (Cameron/Iowa Western CC)
^2011 First Team; *2011 Honorable Mention; +2010 First Team; #2010 Honorable Mention
Name School Year Pos. GPA Major Hometown (Previous School)
Eric Aguilera  Illinois State  Jr.  OF  3.27  Management  Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove/Heartland CC) 
Brian Bajer Southern Illinois  Sr.  3.60  Special Education  Oak Forest, Ill. (Oak Forest/Butler) 
Kyle Burnam^+  Indiana State  Jr.  OF  3.49  Recreation/Sport Management  Marshall, Ill. (Marshall) 
Tyler Dray  Southern Illinois  So.  LHP  3.93  Business  Rockford, Ill. (Boylan Catholic) 
Donny Duschinsky  Southern Illinois  So.  INF  3.81  Marketing  Elk Grove, Ill. (Elk Grove) 
Todd Eaton  Southern Illinois  So.  RHP  3.39  Business  Greenville, Ill. (Greenville) 
Reggie Hochstedler  Indiana State  Sr.  LHP  3.52  Physical Education/Exercise Science  Kalona, Iowa (Iowa Mennonite/St. Petersburg) 
Chance Ross  Creighton  Sr.  3B  3.30  Marketing  Park Hill, Okla. (Keys/Cowley College) 
Josh Smith  Wichita State  Sr.  LHP  3.29  Sport Management  Pleasant Hill, Mo. (Pleasant Hill) 
Alex Staehely^  Creighton  Jr.  2B  3.63  Accounting/Finance  Sugar Grove, Ill. (Benet Academy) 
Mike Tauchman  Bradley  Jr.  OF  3.20  Business Management/Administration  Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd) 
Chase Webb  Creighton  Sr.  RHP  3.51  Applied Physical Analysis  Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa Union/Cowley College) 
^2011 First Team; +2010 First Team