"PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Six BIG EAST student-athletes have been named to the Louisville Slugger/TPX All-America team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball. Outfielder Jeremy Baltz of St. John's was the only freshman position player to earn second-team honors, and was joined by West Virginia junior Jedd Gyorko, marking the second consecutive year Gyorko earned the distinction. Louisville juniors were strongly represented on the third team as pitchers Thomas Royse and Neil Holland and third baseman Phil Wunderlich were all recognized. The BIG EAST Player of the Year, Pittsburgh's junior third baseman Joe Leonard, rounded out the conference contingent with third-team honors.
Baltz led the Red Storm to their BIG EAST-best sixth conference tournament title with a team-high .393 batting average. With at least two games remaining, the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year has already broken St. John's single-season records for home runs (20) and RBI (74). He is one of only two St. John's players to have started and played every game this season, leading the Red Storm to their fifth 40-win season in six years.
Gyorko, who was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, led the Mountaineers with a .381 average. The junior led the offense with 71 runs scored, 19 home runs and conference highs of 28 doubles and a .750 slugging percentage. Gyorko's home run and double totals tie WVU single-season records. His two home runs against Louisville in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship tied a tournament single-game record.
Royse, the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, is 9-1 with a 2.91 ERA over 15 games and 99 innings. He has struck out 94 batters while only allowing 92 hits. The junior's ERA, innings pitched and win total all rank in the top three among BIG EAST pitchers this season. Royse was one of two unanimous all-BIG EAST first team selections.
Arguably one of the best closers in the nation, Holland tallied an NCAA-best 16 saves this season. In 27 appearances, Holland has pitched 51.1 innings, striking out 52 while allowing only 26 hits. His 16 saves in 2010 are a Louisville single-season record, while his 18 career saves tie a Cardinal career standard.
Wunderlich started all 60 games for the Cardinals this season, boasting a .357 batting average with a team-high 20 home runs. His Louisville-best .697 slugging percentage ranked third in the BIG EAST, behind Baltz and Gyorko. Wunderlich earned all-BIG EAST second-team recognition for the second straight season.
Leonard was the catalyst behind Pittsburgh's .365 team batting average, which finished the season ranked second in the NCAA. The junior finished 2010 with a .433 average, second in the BIG EAST. He not only set Pitt single-season records for hits (104), at bats (240), doubles (23) and RBI (71), but also broke the Panthers' single-season and career saves records with eight and 11, respectively.