With the regular season in the books, the Big Ten announced the all-conference teams and individual honors on Tuesday and there was some good news for the Iowa Hawkeyes in those announcements -- two Hawkeyes, OF Joel Booker and SS Nick Roscetti, were named to the first team.
Booker has exploded in his senior season -- he's posted career highs across the board, hitting .344 with 74 hits, 43 runs scored, 32 RBI, 17 doubles, five home runs, and two doubles. He's also been a demon on the bases, grabbing 22 stolen bases (in 24 attempts). Booker ranks in the top ten in the Big Ten in multiple categories: batting verage, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, and stolen bases.
Roscetti hasn't been quite the offensive powerhouse that Booker has, but he's been very good all the same: .312 BA, 68 hits, 35 runs scored, 37 RBI, nine doubles, three home runs, nine stolen bases (in 13 attempts). He's been very good defensively as well, posting a .978 fielding percentage and committing just five errors in 229 opportunities.
While Iowa had a much better overall season a year ago, they actually wound up with more first-team All-Big Ten players this year. Blake Hickman was Iowa's only first-team selection last year, while Eric Toole, Calvin Mathews, and Nick Hibbing earned second-team honors and Tyler Peyton and Roscetti earned third-team honors. This is the first season in which Iowa has had two first-team All-Big Ten players since 2007 when Jason White and Travis Sweet were named to the first team.
Iowa also earned some Player of the Week love from the Big Ten after their strong showing against Penn State to lock up the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament.
McCoy earned co-Player of the Week honors after a scorching week at the plate -- he hit .500 (10/20) with a .500 OBP and a .555 slugging percentage. He posted hits in all four games, including a four-hit game against Western Illinois and two-hit and three-hit games against Penn State.
Tyler Peyton was locked in against Penn State, throwing a complete game shutout against the Nittany Lions in a win that clinched Iowa's spot in the Big Ten Tournament. He gave up just three hits, struck out four, and walked none -- and needed just 98 pitches to do all of that. He posted a dang Maddux!
Congrats to McCoy and Peyton on their weekly honors and to Roscetti and Booker for their first team-All Big Ten honors. All four guys have made Iowa baseball a lot of fun to watch this year -- and here's hoping they can keep that fun going for a little bit longer.