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    Argo, Lindauer, Justin Parr Named All-Big Ten
    Willie Argo was named first-team All-Big Ten on Tuesday.

    Willie Argo was named first-team All-Big Ten on Tuesday.

    May 22, 2012

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois senior outfielder Willie Argo was named first-team All-Big Ten, while sophomore shortstop Thomas Lindauer and junior outfielder Justin Parr each earned third-team honors, the conference office announced Tuesday. It is the third career All-Big Ten honor for Argo, who was named to the third team in both 2009 and 2011, and the first career honor for both Lindauer and Parr. Sophomore catcher Alex Lincoln was named Illinois' sportsmanship award honoree.

    Argo capped an incredible collegiate career by hitting .318 and posting a team-best .432 on-base percentage, which ranked ninth in the Big Ten in all games. He also ranked third in the league with 22 stolen bases, tied for fifth with 47 runs and ranked sixth with 34 walks. Argo also ranked second in Big Ten games in runs (24) and steals (9), tied for fifth in walks (15) and ranked eighth in OBP (.426).

    The Davenport, Iowa, native finished fifth in Big Ten history with 98 career stolen bases. He also finished first in Illinois history in career steals, career steals in Big Ten play (38) and single-season steals (41 in 2010), tied for first in career triples in Big Ten play (8), third in career runs in Big Ten play (85), fifth in career runs (187), fifth in career total bases in Big Ten play (172), fifth in career triples (13), eighth in career RBIs in Big Ten play (70) and 10th in career games started (208).

    Lindauer continued the line of excellent Illini shortstops of late, hitting .279 with a .368 OBP as Illinois' leadoff hitter. He drove in 22 runs, scored 37 and stole 15-of-24 bases, which tied for seventh in the Big Ten. And his eight steals in Big Ten play ranked fourth. Perhaps more impressively, though, was his defense, as he committed only seven errors in 254 chances for a .972 fielding percentage. His 166 assists tied for fourth in the Big Ten and he tied for third in fielding double plays with 46, more than four Big Ten teams had on the season. He also led the league in assists in conference play (88) and was tied for second with 25 double plays turned in Big Ten games, more than eight conference teams registered.

    Parr had a strong year as Illinois' No. 3 hitter and left fielder, starting all 53 games and posting a .290 average with a .349 OBP. He drove in 38 runs, second on the team, and was second on the squad with 86 total bases. He also scored 37 runs and stole 7-of-13 bases. His four triples tied for third in the Big Ten and his 19 RBIs in Big Ten play ranked 12th. Parr also tied for ninth with 5-of-8 stolen bases in conference action.

    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

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