COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 6 Texas A&M baseball team announced its 2007 team award winners, as voted on by the members of the team Sunday.
“We have a whole team full of players who deserve awards,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “This team was totally committed from the time last season ended and it showed in the results they had. It was a team with great leadership and character and a team I will always remember as one of my favorites.”
Blake Stouffer, a junior utility player from San Antonio, was named the Marion Pugh MVP Award Winner after having one of the most productive seasons in A&M baseball history. The first-team All-Big 12 performer finished the year with a .398 batting average and drove in 85 runs - third most in a single season in school history. He collected 102 hits, becoming just the third different player in A&M history to have at least 100 hits in a year. He hit for the cycle twice in 2007, becoming just the third player in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. In addition, Stouffer had 23 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs. Stouffer was drafted in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Stouffer led the Aggies with 85 RBI, automatically earning him the Loraine B. and William B. “Breezy” Breazeale RBI Leader Award.
Senior pitcher Kyle Nicholson earned the C.E. “Pat” Olsen Most Outstanding Pitcher Award. The College Station product was named to the All-Big 12 first-team after turning in an outstanding performance this season. He went 11-3 with a sparkling ERA of 2.25 in 124 IP. He fanned 99 hitters, allowed just 96 hits, and walked only 21 hitters. Nicholson was drafted in the seventh round by the San Francisco Giants.
Senior infielder Parker Dalton earned the prestigious Marion Pugh Spirit Award for the third time in his five-year career at Texas A&M. The award is given to the player who is most instrumental to the team unity and provided valuable leadership on and off the field. The Houston native had a career year after surviving the removal of a malignant melanoma from his back. The 2006 Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year and 2006 NCAA Division 1 Sportsmanship Award winner hit .356 with 37 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Dalton was drafted in the 24th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sophomore designated hitter Luke Anders earned the Wally Moon Award, which is given to the player who showed the most improvement from September to the end of the season. After having one at bat and being used as a situational left-hander out of the A&M bullpen last season, Anders emerged as one of the most feared hitters in the Big 12. He hit .336 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI.
The Aggies (48-19) completed the biggest turnaround in NCAA baseball this year finishing the year in the Super Regional round after not making the Big 12 Tournament the past two seasons.