May 28, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Blake Hickman has been tabbed as a third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger, it was announced Thursday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Hickman is Iowa’s first All-American since Brad Carlson in 1999 and the third Hawkeye pitcher to garner All-America recognition all-time. The Hawkeyes have had four freshmen All-Americans since 2000.
The Chicago native is 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 15 starts in his first season as a starting pitcher. Hickman won his first five Big Ten starts and finished 7-0 with a 2.45 ERA over 47 2/3 innings in league play to tie for the conference lead in wins. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Hickman has six quality starts this season and has pitched at least six innings in 8-of-15 starts. The Chicago native has a .214 batting average against to rank fifth in the Big Ten and his 80 2/3 innings pitched are tied for the 14th-most in the conference.
The right-hander had a no-hitter through six innings against Cincinnati on Feb. 28 and 6 2/3 innings at No. 16 Maryland on April 11. He was perfect through four innings in College Park.
Hickman’s nine victories are tied for the fourth most in the Big Ten this season, the most by an Iowa pitcher since 2005, and are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history.
Iowa will make its first NCAA Regional appearance since 1990, facing third-seeded Oregon at 1 p.m. (CT) Friday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. The game will be available on ESPN3.