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Kyle Hart, five other Indiana Hoosiers bring home All-Big Ten honors

With the Big Ten Tournament underway this morning, Chris Lemonis' club racked up quite a few individual accolades.

"Kyle Hart earned a spot as a First Team All-Big Ten pitcher and five other Hoosiers earned all-conference honors, the league announced Tuesday. Senior shortstop Brian Wilhite and junior outfielder Craig Dedelow were each named Third Team All-Big Ten selections, while Scotty Bradley, Ryan Fineman and Luke Miller were each named to the league’s All-Freshman team."

--Mike Miller, The Hoosier Scoop

After a resurgent season that saw the Hoosiers shake off an extremely slow start, six Hoosiers were named to various All-Conference teams. Hart is the headliner, posting a 10-3 record with a 3.09 ERA as Indiana's Friday night starter. Hart lost out on Pitcher of the Year honors to Cody Sedlock of Illinois, who out-dueled Hart in a 2-1 Illinois win on May 13. Hart will have a chance to continue his fantastic career today against Maryland.

The future looks bright for the Hoosiers, who led the league with three players on the All-Freshman team. Miller was a unanimous selection at third base, and he, Bradley and Fineman boast three of the top five batting averages on the team. While Indiana did a fine job in turning around its regular season, the Hoosiers won't be satisfied with just that. Now the eyes of the program are turned to the postseason, and it will likely take a Big Ten Tournament title to get Indiana back into the NCAA Tournament.

"Jake Matheny is the best individual player that we have played against this year. In addition to his offensive prowess, he is also a great defensive catcher. We did not try to run on him at all and he handles his pitchers very well."

--Jon Mueller (opposing coach) via USATodayhss.com

Jake Matheny, IU baseball commit and son of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, was named the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year. Matheny excelled both offensively and defensively, accompanying his aforementioned defensive skill with a .414 average, 11 home runs, and 43 RBI. Nearly half of his hits went for extra bases. Matheny will look to have as much collegiate success as his older brother Tate, who starred at Missouri State before the Red Sox drafted him in the fourth round last year. It'll be a challenge for Chris Lemonis to maximize the playing time of both Matheny and Fineman the next few years, but it's a good problem for the Hoosiers to have.

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