Baseball Lands Two on the Louisville Slugger All-American Team
TUCSON, Ariz. - For the 15th straight season, Collegiate Baseball has announced it's list of Division I All-Americans, sponsored by Louisville Slugger. The list, which is broken up into three teams with both pitchers and position players, was released on Thursday morning by the Collegiate Baseball magazine. Two Bluejays, starting pitcher Jonas Dufek and starting right fielder Trever Adams, both seniors, were named third team All-America. It is the first time since 2007 the Bluejays have placed men on the teams, when Pat Venditte, Ben Mancuso and Andy Masten received honors.
Dufek leads the team and the Missouri Valley conference with 11 wins this season, compiling an 11-1 record heading into the NCAA Regional tournament. With a 2.17 ERA, Dufek has allowed just 73 hits in his 103.2 innings of work this season. He is second in the Valley with 118 strikeouts this season, a figure which puts him 3rd on the all-time Creighton charts. His name will also be scattered through the charts following his senior season including the following: innings in a career (9th with 262.2 innings), strikeouts in a career (T-7th with 235), wins in a season (T-5th with 11), wins in a career (T-5th with 21), and winning percentage in a season (2nd with .917) and in a career (4th with .676.)
Dufek was named first team All-MVC, after earning the MVC Pitcher of the Week on March 21. In last week's MVC Tournament, the Omaha native threw 10.2 innings, allowing just one earned run and compiling a 0.84 ERA. He was the only pitcher to go 2-0 in the tournament, earning the win in his first outing as well as the MVC Championship game. He was named to the All-Tournament team and picked up the MVC Tournament MVP award.
Adams, who was also tabbed first-team All-MVC last week and made the MVC All-Tournament team, led the Bluejays all season long offensively. He currently holds a .392 batting average, but spent most of the season above the .400 plateau. He has 87 hits (the most for a Bluejay since Vince Pietro and Ryan Gripp had 90 and 92, respectively, in 1991. Adams currently has reached base safely in 42-straight games, the longest streak since at least 2000.
The Lincoln, Neb., native is the first Bluejay outfielder to be named first-team All-MVC since Chris Hinrichs in 2000. He sits on the career charts in three different categories: 4th in slugging percentage in a career (.667), 5th in batting average in a career (.374) and tied for 10th in home runs in a season (14). He needs just one more home run to break into the top 10 list in home runs in a career, as he currently sits at 26.
Creighton has produced 14 All-Americans in its history, named by one of four different affiliations (Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Other former Bluejays named to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-American teams include Scott Servais, Mike Heathcott, Scott Stahoviak, Peyton Lewis and Ben Mancuso.