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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

KU baseball lands 11 on All-Big 12 teams

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Eleven Kansas University baseball players earned All-Big 12 Conference honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Senior pitcher Frank Duncan was Kansas’ only first-team selection.

“I was particularly thrilled for Frank Duncan,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “He was second-team All-Big 12 as a sophomore and preseason All-Big 12 last year and then had a disappointing junior year. It was great to see him bounce back and have a great senior year and finish his career on a huge positive note.”

Jayhawks named to the second team were: senior catcher Ka’iana Eldredge, junior left fielder Michael Suiter, junior right fielder/designated hitter Connor McKay and sophomore second baseman Colby Wright. KU honorable mention selections were: senior hurler Jordan Piche’, senior centerfielder Tucker Tharp, junior righty Robert Kahana, junior shortstop Justin Protacio, junior right fielder/designated hitter Dakota Smith and freshman closer Stephen Villines, who was also named to the All-Freshmen team.

“It was nice to see our players get recognized for such an outstanding season,” Price said. “It shows just how hard these young men worked throughout the year.”

KU opens the Big 12 tournament at 9 a.m. today in Oklahoma City.

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