Several Huskers Named to All-Big Ten Baseball Team

Pat Kelly - Nebraska freshman from Red Wing, MN. The Huskers will need more players of his caliber if they expect to win the Big Ten Conference in the coming years.

The Big Ten released its annual all-conference baseball teams and individual award winners today. Purdue picked up the majority of the individual awards with Doug Schreiber winning Coach of the Year, catcher Kevin Plawecki Player of the Year and pitcher Joe Haase Pitcher of the Year.

Several Huskers were named to Big Ten All-Conference teams. Nebraska shortstop Chad Christensen, outfielder Rich (Sangria) Sanguinetti and designated hitter Michael Pritchard made the first team.

Third baseman Josh Scheffert made the second team while first baseman Richard Stock, second baseman Pat Kelly and pitcher Kyle Kubat made the third team.

Kelly, Kubat, and outfielder Austin Darby made the All-Freshman Team, while Cody Burleson was honored with a Sportsmanship Award.

It doesn't take much more than looking at this list to figure out where Nebraska needs to improve next season. At the end of 2012, Kubat (FRESHMAN KUBAT TO YOU, SIR!) has established himself as the Huskers' only consistent pitcher. Compare that to Purdue, the conference winner, who placed four pitchers on the All-Conference teams.

Nebraska was fine in offense, secondly only to Purdue this season in team batting average (.318 to .314), but the Huskers were seventh in team pitching with a 4.33 ERA. Not a single starting pitcher other than Kubat and Ryan Hander (started three games) finished with an ERA below 4.00.

The good news - the only Nebraska player on this list that won't be back next season is Cody Burleson.

ALL‐BIG TEN FIRST TEAM

C - Kevin Plawecki, PUR

1B - Jordan Steranka, PSU

2B - Eric Charles, PUR

SS - Chad Christensen, NEB

3B - CAMERON PERKINS, PUR

OF - Willie Argo, ILL

OF - Jordan Keur, MSU

OF - Rich Sanguinetti, NEB

DH - Michael Pritchard, NEB

SP - TJ Oakes, MINN

SP - Jaron Long, OSU

SP - JOE HAASE, PUR

RP - Jonny Hoffman, IND

ALL‐BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

C - Kyle Schwarber, IND

1B - Sam Travis, IND

2B - Ryan Jones, MSU

SS - Justin Scanlon, MSU

3B - Josh Scheffert, NEB

OF - Phil Keppler, IOWA

OF - Patrick Biondi, MICH

OF - Barrett Serrato, PUR

DH - Dillon Dooney, IND

SP - Sasha Kuebel, IOWA

SP - Joe Kurrasch, PSU

SP - Lance Breedlove, PUR

RP - Blake Mascarello, PUR

ALL‐BIG TEN THIRD TEAM

C - Matt Halloran, MINN

1B - Richard Stock, NEB

2B - Pat Kelly, NEB

SS - Thomas Lindauer, ILL

3B - Torsten Boss, MSU

OF - Justin Parr, ILL

OF - Andy Henkemeyer, MINN

OF - Sean Deegan, PSU

DH - Coley Crank, MICH

SP - Joey DeNato, IND

SP - Tony Bucciferro, MSU

SP - Kyle Kubat, NEB

RP - Nick Wittgren, PUR

Unanimous honorees in ALL CAPS

ALL‐BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM*

C - KYLE SCHWARBER, IND

1B - SAM TRAVIS, IND

2B - PAT KELLY, NEB

SS - Michael Handel, MINN

3B - CHAD CLARK, IND

OF - CHRIS SUJKA, IND

OF - Jimmy Pickens, MSU

OF - Austin Darby, NEB

DH - Blaise Salter, MSU

SP - Kyle Hart, IND

SP - SASHA KUEBEL, IOWA

SP - Kyle Kubat, NEB

RP - Taylor Kaufman, IOWA

RP - Ben Meyer, MINN

*additional honoree due to tie

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Alex Lincoln, ILL

Drew Leininger, IND

Matt Dermody, IOWA

Kolby Wood, MICH

Tony Bucciferro, MSU

Kyle Geason, MINN

Cory Burleson, NEB

Paul Snieder, NU

David Corna, OSU

Ryan Clark, PSU

Joe Haase, PUR

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Plawecki, PUR

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Joe Haase, PUR

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Sam Travis, IND

COACH OF THE YEAR

Doug Schreiber, PUR

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