OKLAHOMA CITY – Nine members of the Texas A&M baseball team earned All-Big 12 accolades on Tuesday as the league’s coaches announced their annual list of honors.
Jacob House, Tyler Naquin, Ross Stripling and Michael Wacha all garnered first team honors, while Matt Juengel, Mikey Reynolds and Troy Stein represented the Aggies on the second team. Blake Allemand and Kyle Martin were honorable mention selections while Allemand and Chance Bolcerek received nods to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
House ranks third in the Big 12 with 50 RBI while pacing the Aggies with eight home runs and maintaining a .308 batting average at the plate. The Mansfield, Texas, native has also notched 12 doubles on the year while stealing a career-best 10 bases, contributing a team-best 17 multi-RBI games this season.
Last season’s Big 12 Player of the Year, Naquin fell just short of claiming his second straight conference batting crown, ending the regular season with a.373 average at the plate. The Spring, Texas, native has also collected 24 extra base hits during the 2012 campaign, including team-highs in doubles (15), triples (6) and multi-hit games (25).
Wacha has been one of the country’s most dominant pitchers all season long, remaining unbeaten on the mound throughout the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record and a 2.09 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 99 batters this season, becoming one of only four Aggies in history, along with teammate Ross Stripling, to break the 300-strikeout plateau. He currently ranks seventh all-time at Texas A&M with 26 career wins.
Just a year removed from leading the country with 14 wins on the mound, Stripling is again standing among the nation’s elite pitchers this season. The Southlake, Texas, native is tied for the Big 12 lead with 10 pitching victories this season while also leading the Aggies in both strikeouts (104) and innings pitched (110). The right-hander is continuing to craft a lasting legacy in the Aggie record books as he enters the Big 12 Championship with 31 career wins to place him in a tie for third all-time among Texas A&M pitchers and just three victories shy of the school record.
Stripling also thrilled Aggie fans on May 12 by throwing the 11th no-hitter in Texas A&M baseball history, blanking San Diego State 1-0.
In just his first season wearing the maroon & white, Reynolds has been an impact player in the middle of the Aggie infield. The shortstop is hitting .313 this season with a team-best 51 runs scored to go along with 16 extra base hits and 21 RBI since joining the Aggies out of Paradise Valley Community College.
Stein claimed the starting catching duties after the departure of four-year starter Kevin Gonzalez and has been a steady force both behind the plate and at bat. He ended the regular season second on squad with a .314 average in 42 starts at catcher and the Castroville, Texas, native has driven in 25 runs this season while notching 12 doubles and a pair of home runs.
Juengel is coming on strong as the season comes down the home stretch, claiming Big 12 Player of the Week honors just days ago after an impressive series at Oklahoma State to conclude the regular season. The Houston native has 21 multi-hit games this season, second on the team to only Naquin. For the year, Juengel is hitting .297 with 10 extra base hits and 50 runs batted in.
Garnering All-Big 12 honors for the first time in his career, Martin has been a reliable late-inning option for the Aggies throughout the course of the 2012 campaign. The Austin native leads the squad with six saves while appearing in 35 games this season, just one off Nick Fleece’s school record for single season appearances.
Freshman Blake Allemand broke into the starting line-up during the season’s first month and has been a contributor for the Aggies all-season long, seeing action at second base, third base and shortstop. The Boerne, Texas, native is hitting .289 with 16 runs and 14 RBI during his first season on campus.
Joining Allemand on the All-Freshman team, Bolcerek has been steady as a freshman and shown flashes of greatness that has Aggie fans excited about the future. The Brenham, Texas, product has played in 36 games, starting 23 of them while seeing time in both the outfield and at designated hitter. Bolcerek batting .293 in 82 at bats with 12 extra base hits and 16 runs scored.
Texas A&M baseball opens play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday when the second-seeded Aggies face No. 7 seed Kansas at 4 p.m. inside Oklahoma City's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.