June 28, 2012
Final National Polls
Baseball America | Collegiate Baseball | NCBWA | USA Today/ESPN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball finished the 2012 season nationally ranked among the Top 25 in all four major national polls.
With Arizona's 5-0 showing in Omaha to win the College World Series bringing the college baseball season to a close, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and USA Today/ESPN (coaches) have released their final polls. The Big Ten champion Boilermakers (45-14) were ranked 21st in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll and 23rd in each of the three other polls.
June 29 Update: Purdue was also ranked 25th in the final national rankings released by Perfect Game USA.
Purdue's final .763 winning percentage ranked third nationally behind only Utah Valley (47-12, .797) and Stony Brook (52-15, .776). The Boilermakers posted 32 of their 45 victories away from Lambert Field. Their 22 true road wins were the second most in the country.
Purdue also finished the year ranked among the top 10 nationally in team batting average (.316, seventh), hits (665, ninth) and fewest walks allowed per nine innings (2.18, third).
Purdue Male Athlete of the Year Kevin Plawecki, who was recognized as an All-American by four different publications/organizations, is currently in Wichita, Kan., for the Johnny Bench Award Catchers Clinic and Award Ceremony Banquet hosted by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission. He is one of the three finalists for the award along with Florida's Mike Zunino and New Mexico's Mitchell Garver. The winner will be announced tonight (July 28) at the banquet. Plawecki and his family had the opportunity to meet MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench Wednesday.
Plawecki is one of seven members of the 2012 Boilers currently playing Minor League Baseball. Five other program alumni also remain active in the Minor Leagues as well as Major Leaguer Josh Lindblom, who is member of the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen. To keep up with the former Purdue players in the pros click HERE.
Elsewhere, nine returning Boilers are playing in collegiate wood bat summer leagues currently. To keep up with those Purdue players click HERE.
Finally, Calvin Gunter and David Miller were the authors of a weekly player journal at CollegeBaseballInsider.com all season. They have submitted their final entry recapping Purdue's historic season from their perspective. It should be available soon HERE.