Seven Hawkeyes earn All Big Ten honors
The Iowa baseball team is poised to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. So it makes sense that several Hawkeyes would earn All Big Ten honors this year. That is exactly what happened on Tuesday when seven Iowa players were recognized by the conference.
Leading the way were three Iowa players earning first team All Big Ten honors. Those three were pitcher Brody Brecht and along with Keaton Anthony and Sam Peterson among position players. Brecht is the fifth pitcher to earn first team All Big Ten honors in the Rick Heller era. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after going 5-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 14 regular season starts. The right-hander posted three quality starts and fanned 96 batters over 65 1/3 innings. The Ankeny, Iowa native leads the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (4.27).
Anthony earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after hitting .389 (61-of-157) with 22 doubles, 9 home runs, 38 RBIs and 51 runs scored during the regular season. His 22 doubles are second-most in program history.
Peterson is the fourth outfield to earn first team All Big Ten honors during the tenure of Rick Heller. He earned first-team honors after hitting .333 with 41 RBIs, 38 runs scored and having 20 extra base hits (9 doubles, 9 home runs and one triple) during the regular season. Petersen swiped 17 bases on 19 attempts. The Huxley, Iowa, native hit .350 in conference play with two doubles, four home runs, and 15 RBIs.
Pitcher Marcus Morgan and fifth year player Brennen Dorighi were second team honorees and catcher Cade Moss was named third team All Big Ten. Sophomore Ben Wilmes was Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship recipient.
Morgan went 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 starts this season. The Iowa City, Iowa, native has 62 strikeouts over 54 1/3 innings. In conference play Morgan led all starters with a 2.67 ERA, 16 hits allowed, 10 runs allowed, a .150 batting average against, and was tied for first with four extra base hits allowed.
Dorighi hit .351 (68-of-194) with 60 RBIs, 19 doubles, and 13 home runs this year. The Cherry Hills, Colorado native leads the Hawkeyes in hits, RBIs, games started (52), runs scored (60), and total bases (110).
Moss earned third-team honors after hitting .276 with 7 doubles and 20 RBIs. The Johnston, Iowa, native hit .304 in Big Ten play with nine RBIs.
Iowa’s six All-Big Ten selections give head coach Rick Heller 36 selections in his 10 seasons in Iowa City. Heller has coached at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection in eight of his nine seasons when awards were handed out (there were no honors in 2020).