Heere, Price, Thompson Honored on All-Conference Squads

May 26, 2010


Kansas senior Robby Price and juniors Brian Heere and Tony Thompson were among the players selected to All-Big 12 baseball teams by three different local newspapers Wednesday. One day after the conference office released its all-conference selections, The Austin American-Statesman, The Oklahoman and The Waco Tribune unveiled their all-league picks.

Heere, a junior from Lawrence, Kan., was named an All-Big 12 first team outfielder by The Oklahoman, and earned second team honors by the other two publications. Heere hit .403 during the regular season, including .381 in Big 12 contests. He leads the conference in base hits (89) and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.481) and eighth in total bases (126). He led the Jayhawks with 28 multi-hit games and tied for second on the team with six homers. He also enters the Big 12 Baseball Championship with the highest career batting average in Kansas history, at .377.

Price, a senior from Lawrence, Kan., was selected as The Oklahoman’s All-Big 12 utility player as well as the second team second baseman by The Austin Statesman. batted .342 with team highs in doubles (19), triples (four) and runs scored (65). The Kansas infielder actually hit better in Big 12 games, posting a .372 average with nine doubles, four homers and 32 runs scored in league games. Price also finished second in the league in total bases (69) in conference contests.

Thompson, a junior from Reno, Nev., earned second team honors at third base from both The Austin Statesman and The Waco Tribune. Despite missing the first seven weeks of the season, Thompson managed to bat .359 in Big 12 games with seven doubles, six homers and 28 RBIs. The third-year player had a .602 slugging percentage and a .465 on-base percentage in conference play, helping the Jayhawks reach the Big 12 Baseball Championship for the second straight season.

Kansas (31-24-1) will open the Big 12 Championship tonight at 7:30 p.m., against No. 12 Oklahoma at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Fans can follow the game live via streaming video at www.big12sports.com.