IOWA CITY, Iowa – Four University of Iowa baseball student-athletes – Adam Mazur, Peyton Williams, Ben Beutel and Keaton Anthony – earned American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Midwest Region honors, it was announced Wednesday by the organization.
Mazur earned first team recognition, moving him into consideration for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors that will be announced Saturday. Williams, Beutel and Anthony were all second-team all-region selections.
It is the second straight year the Hawkeyes have had multiple all-region honorees and the fourth time under head coach Rick Heller that Iowa has had two or more players recognized.
Mazur, a right-handed pitcher from Woodbury, Minnesota, went 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 starts in his first season as a Hawkeye. He allowed just 60 hits and 37 runs (32 earned) over 93 2/3 innings, while fanning 98 and limiting hitters to a .178 average.
The honor adds to a growing list for the South Dakota State transfer as he was named a Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Mazur led the league in batting average against, ranked second in innings and strikeouts, third in wins and fourth in ERA. During Big Ten play, he had seven consecutive quality starts from April 2 through May 13, logging eight or more innings in four straight starts. Mazur, who pitched a complete game shutout in the win at Nebraska, had nine quality starts during the 2022 season.
Williams had a strong 2022 campaign, hitting .335 with 17 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 41 RBIs and 51 runs scored. The first-team All-Big Ten first baseman had a team-high .464 on-base percentage and slugging .622 for a 1.086 OPS. The Johnston, Iowa, native had 20 multi-hit game and 11 multi-RBI games on the year.
Beutel, a relief pitcher from Davenport, Iowa, had a breakout season in his final year as a Hawkeye, going 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA and four saves in a team-high 29 appearances. The southpaw allowed just six runs (five earned) on 22 hits and struck out 41 over 30 2/3 innings. Beutel, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, had a team-high nine pickoffs during the year.
Anthony, an outfielder from Hoschton, Georgia, led the team in virtually every offensive category during the 2022 season, hitting .361 with 73 hits, 22 doubles, 14 home runs, 55 RBIs and 46 runs scored. He finished the year with a .678 slugging and .455 on-base percentage for a 1.133 OPS. Anthony earned freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
The Hawkeyes finished the 2022 season with a 36-19 overall record with the 36 wins ranking eighth in program history. Iowa finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten regular season standings, advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and the team became the first team to win two games on the same day at the Big Ten Tournament.