June 9, 2011
WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball head coach Steve Smith announced the team's annual awards Thursday. Logan Verrett, Brooks Pinckard, Jon Ringenberg, Max Muncy and Steve DalPorto were all honored.
Verrett, a junior right-handed pitcher from Corpus Christi, Texas, won the Ted Lyons Most Valuable Pitcher Award and was named Thornton Sterling Player of the Year.
Pinckard, a junior outfielder and pitcher from Buda, Texas, earned the Judge Fred "Red" Harris 110 Percent Award, and sophomore first baseman Max Muncy from Keller, Texas, was named Larry Isbell Most Valuable Player.
Ringenberg, a senior pitcher from Fort Wayne, Ind., won the spring semester Award for Academic Excellence, while sophomore infielder Steve DalPorto from La Grange, Ill., earned the fall semester Award for Academic Excellence.
The Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher Awards are both given based on point totals in key statistics. The Thornton Sterling Player of the Year Award, which was started in 2003, is awarded by members of Baylor's Heart of the Order booster Club, while the Judge Fred "Red" Harris 110 Percent Award is voted on by team members and given to the individual who best exemplifies leadership, character and a team-first attitude.
All five student-athletes were honored with team awards for the first time in their careers.
Verrett and Pinckard were each selected in the 2011 MLB Draft on Tuesday. The New York Mets chose Verrett in the third round, while Pinckard was picked in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They both have until August 15th to sign professional contracts or return to Baylor for their senior seasons.
Verrett, the Bears' Friday night starter for most of the season, led the team with seven wins, a 2.93 ERA, 15 starts, two complete games, 101.1 innings pitched and 96 strikeouts. Verrett tied a Baylor Ballpark record when he struck out 14 batters in a complete-game one-hitter on March 11 against Louisiana Tech.
Pinckard began the season as the Bears' closer, but he moved into the starting rotation on April 26, igniting Baylor's late-season run. He finished the year 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA and three saves while holding opposing hitters to a .222 batting average in 66.1 innings of work.
Muncy led the Bears with a .322 batting average, 73 hits, 40 runs scored, nine home runs, 44 RBI, 116 total bases, 37 walks, a .428 on-base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage. He was also the Bears' only player to start all 59 games and he made just three errors in 563 chances at first base for a .995 fielding percentage.
Pinckard and Muncy were named first-team All-Big 12 Conference, while Verrett earned second-team honors for the second consecutive season.
Ringenberg made 14 total appearances with eight starts on the mound for Baylor. He posted a 2-1 record with a 2.37 ERA over 30.1 innings of work. He started on the mound against California in the Houston Regional on Monday night, marking the third consecutive season he started on the mound in an elimination game at a Regional.
DalPorto, who assumed a starting role after making just four starts a year ago, played in 55 games and made 50 starts, 47 of which were at second base. He hit .222 with six doubles, 23 runs scored and 21 walks. He had nearly one-third of the team's sacrifice bunts with 15 out of 46. DalPorto also scored the game-winning run in Baylor's final regular season game to clinch a series win over No. 13 Oklahoma.
Baylor finished the 2011 season with a 31-28 overall record. The Bears made a Regional title round for the second straight season and made their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 14 seasons - one of only 14 teams in the nation to do so.