Louisville pitchers Justin Amlung and Jared Ruxer headlined a record 10 Louisville baseball players who received All-Big East honors Tuesday night. Amlung, a junior right-hander, was named the league's Pitcher of the Year, while Ruxer, a freshman righty, took home Rookie of the Year honors.
Here's a chunk of the release from U of L:
Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) was 8-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 96.0 innings pitched as the Cardinals' Friday night ace throughout the season. U of L's only First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2012, he was twice selected as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week this season and finished with eight or more strikeouts in six of his 14 starts. He went 5-1 with a 1.63 earned-run average and 63 strikeouts in 60.2 innings in league play. He is the fourth Louisville player to be named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year in the last six seasons joining Thomas Royse (2010), Justin Marks (2009) and Zack Pitts (2007).
Ruxer (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central HS) finished his first collegiate regular season with an 8-1 record and a 2.61 ERA in 69.0 innings pitched and 12 starts. He becomes the second Louisville player to earn the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award joining Marks in 2007. A Third Team All-BIG EAST selection, Ruxer was 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five BIG EAST starts and enters the postseason ranked second in the BIG EAST in wins and fifth in ERA.
Louisville had five players named Second Team All-BIG EAST on Tuesday - senior first baseman Stewart Ijames, sophomore outfielder Adam Engel, sophomore designated hitter Jeff Gardner, sophomore outfielder Cole Sturgeon and sophomore right-hander Jeff Thompson. Joining Ruxer as a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection were senior righty reliever Derek Self, junior second baseman Nick Ratajczak and sophomore third baseman Ty Young.
The top-seeded Cards open Big East Tournament play tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. against Pitt.