Three Illini Nab All-Mideast Region Honors
June 14, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three Illini earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Mideast Region honors, with senior outfielder Justin Parr and junior shortstop Thomas Lindauer on the First Team and freshman pitcher Kevin Duchene on the Second Team. With three selections, the Illini tied for the second-most honorees in the region behind Indiana's four.
Parr, who led the Big Ten with a .398 average and 92 hits, turned in the second-longest hitting streak in the nation in 2013 with a school-record mark of 33 games. The All-American led the Illini with 25 extra-base hits, including a team-high 15 doubles and four triples to go along with a career-high six home runs. The Big Ten Player of the Year also notched a team-best 53 RBI, scored 43 runs and tallied 16 stolen bases. After being drafted in the eighth round, Parr will begin his professional career with the Williamsport (Pa.) Crosscutters, the Phillies' Class A short-season affiliate.
Lindauer collected first-team All-Big Ten honors at shortstop and ended his junior season on a career-high 18-game hitting streak. He tied for second in the Big Ten with nine home runs, notching all nine of his career homers this year. The Illini leadoff hitter was 15-for-16 on stolen bases and tallied 45 runs, which tied for sixth in the Big Ten. He hit .309 with 38 RBI and slugged .493, which ranked 10th in the Big Ten. Defensively, he posted the second-most assists (178) and fifth-most double plays (45) in the conference. After being picked in the 23rd round by the Houston Astros, Lindauer's first step on the professional baseball ladder will be with the Class A short-season Tri-City (N.Y.) ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.
Duchene (9-1) tied for the most wins in the conference with nine along with finishing tied for fifth with 68 strikeouts and ninth with a 2.79 ERA, which all led the Illini. His nine wins are the most by an Illinois pitcher since Brian Blomquist's 10 in 2005 and set the school record for most wins by a freshman, breaking John Kravetz's mark of eight from 2012. After winning his final start of the season at the Nashville Regional to wrap up a record-setting freshman season, Duchene is playing for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League this summer.
2013 ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Team