Argo, Lindauer, Justin Parr Named All-Big Ten
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
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM
ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM*
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
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