June 6, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illini ace Jason Anderson and first baseman Andy Schutzenhofer were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) first-team Mideast Region squad, the organization announced earlier today. Anderson, 14-3 in 2000 and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and Schutzenhofer, who led the team in hitting with a .375 average, were both first-team All-Big Ten selections.
Anderson, who has already received second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, has also earned first-team Academic All-America honors, Most Outstanding Player honors at the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament team honors. He was 14-3 on the year with a 3.15 ERA. Anderson set Illinois single season school records for wins (14) and innings pitched (134.1) while leading Illinois to its fifth-consecutive postseason berth.
Anderson owns a 29-5 career record at Illinois. He picked up three wins and three complete games in 10 days of postseason play, winning two games at the Big Ten Tournament, including the championship game over Penn State, and one at the NCAA Regional. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection owns a 5-0 career record in the postseason and ranks among Illinois' career leaders in wins, innings, winning percentage and strikeouts. He has won the most games of any Illini pitcher in three years and owns a 13-3 career record in conference play.
Schutzenhofer, only a freshman, hit a team-leading .375 this season while destroying UI's freshmen records in hits (87) and RBI (63) en route to becoming the only freshman in the conference to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. Schutzenhofer, who hit clean-up a majority of the season, also led the team in three other offensive categories, including home runs (7), total bases (124) and slugging percentage (.534).
The Swansea, Ill., native ranked first among conference freshmen in batting average (.375), hits (87), runs (48) and RBI (63) He also ranked in the top five overall in the Big Ten in average, hits and RBI and ranked among league leaders in runs scored and doubles. Schutzenhofer enjoyed his finest weekend this season at Michigan State, where he hit .707 (12-17) with three doubles, seven runs and six RBI.
Anderson and Schutzenhofer's names will now be placed on the national ballot that determines the 2000 ABCA All-America teams. Starting pitcher Brett Weber, a third-team selection in 1998, was the last Illini to be named to an ABCA All-America squad.