Aggie Baseball Announces Team Award Winners
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M baseball team announced its annual list of team honors on Monday after the Aggies concluded the 2012 campaign with a 43-18 record and a school-record sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
MARION PUGH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Tyler Naquin
Junior Tyler Naquin was awarded the Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year after being named an All-American (third team by Collegiate Baseball). The rifle-armed outfielder from Spring, Texas, finished second in the Big 12 Conference with a .380 batting average while pacing the Aggies in runs (56), hits (92), doubles (18) and triples (6). Naquin also notched three home runs with 49 RBI and stole a career-best 21 bases.
Naquin ended the season with 238 career hits during his three-year A&M career to place him 11th all-time in program history. He also ranks fifth in triples (13) and eighth in doubles (49).
C.E. "PAT" OLSEN OUTSTANDING PITCHER AWARD - Michael Wacha
Junior pitcher Michael Wacha was one of the country's most dominant starters this season and was selected by his teammates to receive the C.E. "Pat" Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award.
Moving into the Friday night starter's role, Wacha went undefeated during the regular season. He won his first eight decisions to garner All-America accolades for the second straight year. The Texarkana, Texas, native finished the season with a 9-1 record and 2.06 ERA, the lowest among Texas A&M starters. One of his most memorable moments during his outstanding 2012 campaign was a complete game shutout at Pepperdine on March 23 when he took a perfect game into the eighth inning.
Wacha continues to climb the all-time wins list, finishing 2012 with 27 career wins to rank in a tie for sixth all-time at Texas A&M. Additionally, Wacha became one of only four Aggie pitchers to surpass the 300-career strikeout mark.
WALLY MOON AWARD - Troy Stein
The Wally Moon Award is given annually to the player who shows the most improvement from the fall to the end of the season and this year sophomore catcher Troy Stein was recognized by his teammates as the recipient of the honor.
After biding his time behind a pair of senior catchers and playing in only 14 games last season as a freshman, Stein burst onto the scene in 2012 and became a regular behind the plate and in the heart of the Aggie lineup. The Castroville, Texas, native batted .304 for the season with14 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles, while making 48 starts.
MARION PUGH SPIRIT AWARD - Ross Hales
A consummate teammate, junior Ross Hales made his impression on the Aggie baseball program despite pitching in only five games the last two seasons. He was recognized for his efforts by his teammates who awarded him the Marion Pugh Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player who is most instrumental to team unity and who provides valuable leadership both on and off the field.
The Baytown, Texas, native enjoyed an outstanding freshman season in 2009 before arm surgery derailed his promising career. Still one of the hardest workers on the team, Hales is active both on the field and in the classroom supporting his teammates and pushing them to be better.
LORAINE B. AND WILLIAM B. "BREEZY" BREAZEALE RBI AWARD - Jacob House
For a second straight season, senior first baseman Jacob House was the Aggies' best run-producer, earning the Loraine B. and William B. "Breezy" Breazeale RBI Award.
The Mansfield, Texas, native drove in a team-best 56 runs during the 2012 campaign, a figure that also ranked him second in the Big 12 Conference. In addition to his RBI totals, House led the Aggies with eight home runs to go along with a .308 batting average, 14 doubles, 40 runs and 10 stolen bases.