Parr named Big Ten MVP
Illinois senior Justin Parr was named Big Ten Player of the Year today. The outfielder, a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, finished the regular season leading the conference in batting average (.415), hits (85), RBI (51) and on-base percentage (.472), while ranking second in slugging (.610) in all games. Parr also earned first-team All-Big Ten recognition.
Also, Kevin Duchene became the second Illinois player to earn Freshman of the Year honors and first since Bubba Smith in 1989. The left-hander finished the Big Ten slate ranked third in ERA (1.74) and fourth in opponent's batting average (.218). Duchene is also a unanimous All-Freshman Team pick.
Also, shortstop Thomas Lindauer was named first-team All-Big Ten. More coming on HQ.