May 21, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa sophomore outfielder Eric Toole has been named second team All-Big Ten, it was announced Tuesday by the league office. The honor is the first of Toole’s career.
The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native led the Hawkeyes with a .337 batting average, while collecting team bests in hits (59), runs (32) and stolen bases (22). He also accumulated six doubles, one triple, 11 RBIs and 23 walks, while posting a .426 on-base percentage. His 22 steals were tied for the third most in the conference, the on-base percentage ranked fifth, while his batting average ranked 10th.
In Big Ten play, Toole finished with the second-highest average in the league, hitting .412 (40-of-97) with 21 runs and six RBIs. The 40 hits were the fourth-most during league play, while the 21 runs ranked sixth. He also had four doubles, one triple and drew 14 walks. Toole tied for the league lead with 12 steals, finishing 12-of-15, and had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Toole paced the Hawkeyes with 15 multi-hit games as a sophomore, finishing with eight two-hit, six three-hit and one five-hit game. His five-hit performance in the May 10 game at Purdue matched a single-game Big Ten high this season and tied the Iowa school record for hits in a game. All five hits were singles, which tied his brother, Justin Toole’s, Iowa record.
Toole, who started 45 games in centerfield, closed out the 2013 season riding a nine-game hitting streak, and he reached base safely in each of his last 15 contests.
Thirty-six Hawkeyes have earned All-Big Ten honors under Dahm, including four selections the last two seasons.
Senior Ricky Sandquist was Iowa baseball’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, which is presented to student-athletes who display sportsmanship and ethical behavior, are in good academic standing and demonstrate good citizenship outside of athletics.
For a complete list of the 2013 All-Big Ten honorees, visit bigten.org.