May 21, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After being Purdue baseball's top all-around performer this season, Sean McHugh has been selected as a second team all-conference performer by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
McHugh started all 50 games for the Boilermakers as a senior, leading the team in hits (60), doubles (14), home runs (4), RBI (28), walks (20) and slugging percentage (.426). Kyle Wood over took the senior for the team batting average lead during the final weekend to deny McHugh of the first team triple crown since 2007.
Unfortunately, the Big Ten coaches passed over McHugh (.297/.368/.426) in the All-Big Ten voting. Illinois' Jason Goldstein (.317/.374/.433) and Michigan State's Joel Fisher (.246/.286/.372) were selected as the Second and Third Team All-Big backstops despite McHugh having better overall offensive numbers than both Goldstein and Fisher in all games and conference play. McHugh also threw out 26 of 50 base stealers to rank second in the Big Ten behind Fisher.
Indiana's Kyle Schwarber (.340/.450/.615) - the First Team All-Big Ten honoree at catcher - and McHugh were the Big Ten representatives on the list of 15 semifinalists nationally for the Johnny Bench Award, which recognizes the top NCAA Division I catcher.
College Sports Madness did not separate catchers from infielders on its all-conference teams, instead choosing to recognize catchers among its five infielders on the first and second teams.
McHugh was Purdue's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree on a list that was announced in conjunction with the All-Big Ten teams Tuesday. Matt Gibbs was also a strong candidate for All-Big Ten recognition as a relief pitcher after leading the league in conference play with a .163 batting average against to go along with a 1.53 ERA that ranked third.
McHugh should have a chance to be selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, set for June 5-7 this year.