May 24, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball team saw four of its members honored by the Big 12 as the league announced its annual postseason teams on Tuesday (May 24). Senior designated hitter Jonah Schmidt was named to the All-Big 12 second team and both Blake Brown and Phil McCormick were named honorable mention All-Big 12 as well. This marks the second straight year that the Tigers have landed three players on the annual postseason teams. Freshman Rob Zastryzny was also named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team.
Schmidt earned All-Big 12 second team honors after leading the team in hitting (.315), hits (63), total bases (96) and slugging (.480) while stealing 10 bags and driving in 30 runs and scoring 30 more. He also had a team-best six home runs on the year. Schmidt was even better in Big 12 play, hitting .343 with four home runs and 16 RBI.
Brown had a good year as well, hitting .276 with a team-best 31 RBI and six home runs. He also scored 30 runs and stole 18 bags as the Tigers' starting right fielder. He slugged .459 for the year and boasted an on-base percentage of .401 while leading the team with 33 walks. Like Schmidt, Brown was even better in league games this season, hitting .298 with five home runs and 19 RBI while amassing 51 total bases. He also slugged a team-best .543 in league games as well.
McCormick was the Tigers' best pitcher all year and the numbers prove it as he went 7-2 with six saves and an ERA of 3.32. His seven wins and six saves are both career-bests and he appeared in a league-high 32 games this season. Like the other two, McCormick's numbers were even better in Big 12 games as he compiled a 5-1 record with three saves while posting a team-best 2.73 ERA in a team-high 16 appearances. McCormick has also appeared in 68 games over the past two years, moving his career total to 102 career appearances, becoming just the third Tiger so throw in more than 100 career games. 98 of his 102 appearances have come in the last three seasons, making it the most productive three-year span for any Tiger pitcher in program history.
Zastryzny was the Tigers' Friday night starter through the first four weekends of conference play and finished the season with a 4.32 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 77.0 innings pitched. He also started a team-high 14 games for the Tigers in 2011 and finished second on the team innings pitched with 77.0.
Mizzou will open action at the Big 12 Tournament tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. against top-seeded Texas. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.