June 25, 2012
ABCA All-Mideast Region Teams | Perfect Game USA All-America Teams
ATHENS, Ohio -- Highlighted by a region-high three First Team honorees, four Purdue players, including now four-time All-American Kevin Plawecki, were named to the All-Mideast Region teams selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Along with being the First Team All-Mideast Region catcher, Plawecki was also honored as a Second Team All-American by Perfect Game USA Monday. Joe Haase (starting pitcher) and Cameron Perkins (third base) joined Plawecki on the All-Mideast Region First Team. Eric Charles (second base) was named Second Team All-Mideast Region.
Only College World Series qualifier Kent State (five) had more All-Mideast Region selections than Purdue. The Golden Flashes had two First Team performers and three Second Team honorees. Around the Big Ten Conference, four of the seven players recognized were Boilermakers. The Mideast Region also features universities from the Atlantic 10 Conference, Big East Conference, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference and Ohio Valley Conference.
Plawecki has also been named an All-American by the ABCA, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Charles, Haase, Perkins and Plawecki were all First Team All-Big Ten honorees this season after helping lead Purdue to a program-record 45 wins, the team's first Big Ten regular-season title since 1909 and a Big Ten Tournament championship.
Previously, the Boilers had two All-Region honorees in 1992 and 2000. Matt Bischoff (2010) was Purdue's last All-Region standout and Brandon Haveman (2009) was the last position player to be recognized.
Charles, Perkins and Plawecki finished their college careers as two-time All-Big Ten performers. Haase was the program's first Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honoree after winning a program-record 11 games and Purdue posting a 15-1 mark in his 16 starts. Plawecki, meanwhile, swept Big Ten Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player at the tournament. Along with being the first Boiler to win either trophy, he was only the fifth player since 1981 to win both in the same year.
Currently playing professionally in the Class A New York-Penn League, Perkins and Plawecki both enjoyed personal highlights this past weekend. In his first game with the Williamsport Crosscutters Saturday (June 23), Perkins delivered a walk-off double in a 10-inning win. Plawecki hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot, in the fifth inning of a victory for the Brooklyn Cyclones Saturday.
Charles is currently playing for the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. Charles, Perkins and Plawecki were three of the program-record seven Purdue players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this year.
Purdue ABCA All-Mideast Region Honorees
Jermaine Allensworth, Outfield
Sherard Clinkscales, Pitcher
Mike Biltimier, First Base
Bill Bennett, Designated Hitter
Daryl Hallada, Designated Hitter
Andy Helmer, Pitcher
Mike Duursma, Shortstop
Daniel Underwood, Outfield
Mitch Hilligoss, Shortstop
Ryne White, First Base
Brandon Haveman, Outfield
Matt Bischoff, Pitcher
Eric Charles, Second Base
Joe Haase, Pitcher
Cameron Perkins, Third Base
Kevin Plawecki, Catcher