Senior Justin Parr was named a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American on Thursday, the first Illini earn first-team honors since Lars Davis in 2007.
May 30, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior Justin Parr was tabbed a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American, announced Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Thursday. Parr becomes the first Illini to earn first-team All-America honors since Lars Davis (PING! Baseball) in 2007. He is the 45th postseason All-American in Illinois history and his first-team selection makes him the highest-regarded Illini by an active organization (PING! Baseball no longer names All-Americans) since Jason Anderson was named to the Collegiate Baseball second team and ABCA first team in 2000.
Parr, who led the conference with a .399 average and 51 RBI, is the only first-team honoree from the Big Ten. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year after ranking first in the conference in average, hits, RBI, on-base percentage, total bases and fielding percentage. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and earned his first Big Ten Player of the Week (4/15) honor after hitting for the cycle against Purdue.
Parr - who also is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to college baseball's top player by the NCBWA - turned in the second-longest hitting streak in the nation in 2013 with a school-record mark of 33 games. He also made the cut as a semifinalist for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, given to college baseball's Breakout Player of the Year.
Parr and the Illini will play Georgia Tech in the opening game of the Nashville Regional on Friday at 1:05 p.m. on ESPN3.