Willie Kempf posted the most wins by a Baylor pitcher since the Bears' last trip to Omaha in 2005.
June 16, 2010
WACO, Texas - Senior co-captains Willie Kempf and Gregg Glime swept all five of Baylor baseball's 2010 team awards. Kempf took home two honors, while Glime joined Zach Dillon as the only players in program history to win three team awards in the same season.
Kempf, a right-handed pitcher from Castroville, Texas, was named Ted Lyons Most Valuable Pitcher and won the team's spring semester Award for Academic Excellence.
Glime, a native of Aurora, Colo., was named Larry Isbell Most Valuable Player and Thornton Sterling Player of the Year. He also won the Judge Fred "Red" Harris 110 Percent Award, joining fellow catcher Dillon as the only Baylor players to claim three awards in the same season.
Glime previously won the team's Award for Academic Excellence for the 2008 spring semester, and with the three awards in 2010, he became the only player in program history to claim all four awards that are open to position players.
The Larry Isbell Most Valuable Player and the Ted Lyons 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.
Glime played in 50 games and made 48 starts behind the plate in 2010. He turned in the best season of his career, hitting .248 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. Additionally, he threw out 25 of 52 attempted base stealers.
Glime entered the 2010 season with a .216 batting average, three home runs and 34 RBI in his first three years at Baylor combined. He finished his career with 145 starts behind the plate, including at least 45 in each of the last three seasons.
Kempf was the Bears' most reliable pitcher down the stretch in 2010, finishing with a 9-2 record and a 3.02 ERA. He became the first Baylor player to post nine wins in a season since 2005, and he ranked third on the team with 80 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.
Kempf's streak of 20.1 innings without allowing a run was snapped with one out in the eighth inning of the Big 12 Championship title game on May 30, but he rebounded in his next start and picked up his ninth win by allowing two runs in 8.0 innings against Lamar at the Fort Worth Regional.
Kempf was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 27th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, while Glime was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the 24th round. Both players have signed professional contracts and reported to the Gulf Coast League.