Senior Cody Fick of the University of Evansville baseball team has been named a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American, as announced by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
“What a great honor for Cody to receive this recognition,” said Head Coach Wes Carroll. “He had a great year and wonderful career here at UE. It’s great for our program to produce an All-American.”
Fick proved to be one of the top two-way players in the country, as he led Evansville in the majority of offensive and defensive categories. At the plate, Fick piloted UE with a .406 batting average, .641 slugging percentage, 86 hits, 71 RBI, nine home runs, 21 doubles, and 136 total bases in 2011. He finished the season ranked third nationally, averaging 1.39 RBI per game and is in the top 50 in eight offensive categories. Fick recorded 29 mult-hit games and 19 multi-RBI games this season and finished his career on a 14-game hitting streak.
Against Jacksonville (3/8), Fick had a hand in all seven of UE’s runs at the plate, while also throwing a complete-game shutout on the mound. Fick led the Aces to their first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season when he belted a two-out grand slam to give UE the lead for good over Wichita State on April 15. Again versus the Shockers, Fick tossed a four-hit complete game with a career-high 11 strikeouts in the opening contest of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Fick finished 7-4 on the mound with five complete games, two shutouts, a 2.36 ERA, and limited his opposition to a .223 batting average.
In UE’s career record books, he ranks second in RBI (182) and in home runs (37), and third in career batting average (.353).
“It is an honor to be named an All-American,” said Fick. “I think it reflects the type of program and coaching staff that the University of Evansville has. I enjoyed my student-athlete experience very much while at Evansville, and I am sure that this program will continue to stay on the map with not only individual recognition but great team successes in the future.”
Fick marks the UE baseball program’s seventh All-American and first since 2000 to earn Collegiate Baseball All-America honors. Most recently, pitcher Steve Obenchain was chosen to the ABCA/Rawlings third-team in 2002, while pitcher Ryan Miller was named Collegiate Baseball third-team in 2000. Both of those players went on to play professionally.
Fick hopes to get picked in next week’s 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, running from June 6-8.