Iowa beat down Northwestern in a historic Big Ten Baseball Tournament title game Sunday, and it showed in the All-Tournament team.
Of the 13 players named to the All-Tournament team, eight came from the two teams playing in the title game (four from each squad). Minnesota had two players named to the All-Tournament team, while Nebraska, Indiana and Maryland each had one player make the cut.
Hawkeyes’ OF Chris Whelan took home the Most Outstanding Player honor, as he boasted a .333 batting average in the Big Ten Tournament. Whelan collected 6 hits and 3 RBI in the tournament, while not committing an error in left field.
Big Ten All-Tournament Team
P – Ryan Erickson, Iowa
P – Josh Martsching, Iowa
P – Sam Lawrence, Northwestern
P – Cooper Weatherbee, Northwestern
C – Tyler Cropley, Iowa
1B – Toby Hanson, Minnesota
2B – Jake Schleppenbach, Nebraska
3B – Connor Lind, Northwestern
SS – Kevin Smith, Maryland
OF – Chris Whelan, Iowa
OF – Jordan Smith, Minnesota
OF – Joe Hoscheit, Northwestern
DH – Matt Lloyd, Indiana
Most Outstanding Player
Chris Whelan, OF, Iowa
Iowa first baseman Jake Adams did make an interesting argument for the tournament’s MOP, as he went 4 for 4 in the Big Ten title game with 2 home runs. However, Adams did not even make the All-Tournament team after an amazing season where he eclipsed last season’s team home run total.
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When it comes to the tournament’s MOP, Whelan’s contributions throughout the tournament were more apparent as opposed to Adams’ one-man wrecking crew of a game against the Wildcats. Along with Whelan, catcher Tyler Cropley and pitchers Ryan Erickson and Josh Martsching made the All-Tournament team for Iowa.
Erickson didn’t allow a run in 7 2/3 thirds innings Friday against top-seeded Nebraska, and Cropley had at least 1 hit in each game in the tournament, finishing with 7 in all.
Like Iowa, Northwestern also had four players on the All-Tournament team: Sam Lawrence and Cooper Weatherbee. Outfielder Joe Hoscheit and third baseman Connor Lind also made the team.
Lind boasted a .315 tournament batting average with 6 RBI, 4 of them coming against Minnesota in a pivotal winner’s bracket game Friday that moved the Wildcats into the semifinal round. Lawrence did not allow an earned run in 6 1/3 innings against three different teams in the tournament.
Toby Hanson and Jordan Smith were the standout players for Minnesota, while Jake Schleppenbach, Kevin Smith and Matt Lloyd made the list for Nebraska, Maryland and Indiana, respectively.