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Seven Hoosiers earn Big Ten All-Conference honors

Lloyd, Saalfrank named to All-Big Ten First Team

Matt Lloyd was huge for the Hoosiers once again in 2019. The Canadian slugger hit .291 and led the Big Ten with 16 home runs and 54 runs batted in.
Auston Matricardi

Days after a thrilling weekend culminating in a Big Ten title, the Hoosier baseball team found itself all over the All-Conference teams, led by First Team selections for Matt Lloyd and Andrew Saalfrank. Lloyd earned the lone at-large spot while Saalfrank, who also was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, earned one of the two spots for starters.

On the Second Team, Scotty Bradley was selected as a first baseman, Cole Barr as a third basemen and Matt Gorski as an outfielder. Elijah Dunham was named to the Third Team as an outfielder and Grant Richardson was named to the All-Freshman team as an outfielder as well.

Drew Ashley was selected as Indiana’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. Per the Big Ten site, the award is given to “individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.”

Amongst everyday starters for the Hoosiers, Lloyd led the way with a .291 batting average while bringing the power with 16 homers, 54 RBIs and a .592 slugging percentage, all team-high marks. Dunham appeared in just 38 games for the Hoosiers but hit .313 with a .446 on-base percentage, having walked 30 times to 32 strikeouts.

Gorski (.516) and Bradley (.559) both had slugging percentages north of .500 while Ashley and Richardson were fourth and sixth on the team in batting average, respectively.