KU's Thompson Earns Another All-America Honor
June 17, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. –
Kansas sophomore Tony Thompson has been named a Second Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The All-America honor is the fourth collected by the Jayhawk third baseman, who was also selected to All-America teams by Louisville Slugger, the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA) and Ping! Baseball.
These awards continue a busy off-season for Thompson, the likely winner of the Big 12 Triple Crown. He is trying out for the U.S. National Team in Cary, N.C. this week, a competition which wraps up on Saturday.
Thompson, a sophomore from Reno, Nev., enjoyed a break out season in 2009. He leads the Big 12 in batting average (.389), hits (96), home runs (21), doubles (27), RBIs (82), total bases (186), and slugging percentage (.753). The sophomore set KU’s single season records in homers and total bases.
Thompson’s bat led the Jayhawks to a school-best 15-12 record in Big 12 play, and a fifth-place finish. He carried the team in the postseason, batting .586 in seven games combined at the Big 12 Championship and in the NCAA Tournament, with five doubles, three homers and eight RBIs. He was also named to all-tournament teams in both cases.
He becomes the first Jayhawk to be named to multiple All-America squads since 2006, when Don Czyz garnered national honors from three publications.
Tony Thompson Postseason Awards:
– ABCA All-America (Second Team)
– Ping! Baseball All-America (Second Team)
– NCBWA All-America (Third Team)
– Louisville Slugger All-America (Third Team)
– ABCA All-Central Region (First Team)
– All-Big 12 (First Team)
– Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team
– NCAA Chapel Hill Region All-Tournament Team