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National Honors Continue to Roll in For Texas A&M Baseball

June 23, 2011
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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June 23, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The accolades continue to roll in for the Texas A&M baseball team as Thursday three Aggies were named All-Midwest Region while Ross Stripling and Tyler Naquin were honored as American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Americans.

The ABCA honored Stripling as a first team All-American while Naquin represented Texas A&M on the second team. Highlighting the All-Region award winners for the Aggies were Stripling and Naquin on the first team along with junior pitcher John Stilson, who was named a second team honoree.

Naquin burst onto the national scene during his second season in Aggieland, earning All-America honors from both the ABCA and Collegiate Baseball along with being named Big 12 Player of the Year. The Spring, Texas, native led the nation and ranked fourth in A&M single-season history with 104 hits as he batted a Big 12-best .381 on the season to earn second team All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball.

Additionally, Naqiun doubled 23 times and notched seven triples to rank him in third place for a single season at A&M in both categories. The strong-armed outfielder notched seven outfield assists to rank among the national leaders while falling just one game short of the school record for consecutive games with a hit as he maintained an impressive 27-game hitting streak from March 30 to May 14. He also became the first Aggie since 2007 to accomplish one of baseball's rarest feats as he hit for the cycle on March 6 against Houston.

On a team that boasted three "ace" caliber pitchers, Stripling enjoyed the most success for the Aggies on the mound in 2011 to be recognized as an All-American by both the ABCA and Collegiate Baseball.

The Southlake, Texas, product put together a 14-2 record with a 2.29 ERA to lead the nation in pitching victories and collect the third most wins ever on the mound by an Aggie, finishing just two off the school record of 16 set by James Gibson in 1976.

The right-hander was one of the nation's steadiest hurlers all season, ranking among the country's leaders in wins (14), strikeouts (113), innings pitched (125.2), opponent batting average (.202), complete games (4) and shutouts (1). He was selected as a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in addition to garnering a selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team.

Among Stripling's most memorable performances of the 2011 season was a four-hit complete game shutout at No. 4 Texas on the final day of the regular season which clinched Texas A&M's share of the Big 12 regular season title.

Stilson, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, turned in a 5-2 record on the hill this season with a 1.68 ERA in 91.1 innings pitched. Texas A&M's series-opening starter in 2011 after earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors as a closer a season ago, the right-hander ranked among the Big 12 leaders in innings pitched (91.1), strikeouts (92), opponent batting average (.229).

The fire-baller earned second team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches, while earning first team accolades from the Daily Oklahoman in addition to being named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week twice during the regular season.

A career-high 12-strikeout, complete game performance on April 22 against No. 15 Oklahoma State highlighted Stripling's transformation from All-American reliever to weekend starter.

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