TEMPE, Ariz. – DJ Baxendale, Jarrod McKinney and Ryne Stanek were recognized for their play in the Tempe Regional by being named to the All-Regional team, as announced on Sunday night.
A sophomore right hander, Baxendale turned in another excellent outing on Saturday in an elimination game against New Mexico. The Jacksonville, Ark., native earned his 10th win of the season, throwing eight shutout innings while scattering four hits and striking out seven. Baxendale became the first Razorback pitcher to record 10-plus wins in a season since Nick Schmidt won 11 games in the 2007 season. Baxendale finished his sophomore season with a 10-2 record, three saves and a 1.58 ERA. The 1.58 ERA was the lowest for an Arkansas pitcher (min. 20% team games) since 2004 when Boyd Goodner finished the season with a 1.50 ERA.
McKinney was the top offensive performer for Arkansas in the Tempe regional, going 8-for-15 (.533) at the plate with two RBI, three doubles, a triple and three runs scored. The junior from Hughes Springs, Texas, had at least one hit in each game of the regional and had three multi-hit performances. McKinney tied a career-high with three hits in the win against New Mexico and also had two hits in the regional opener against Charlotte and against Arizona State. With his strong performance in the NCAA Tournament, McKinney finished the season batting over .300, closing the year with a .301 average to go along with two homers and 20 RBI.
Stanek pitched the Razorbacks into the Tempe Regional championship game on Sunday afternoon, throwing the first complete game of his collegiate career in an 11-3 victory over Charlotte. A freshman from Overland Park, Kan., Stanek gave up just three runs, two earned, on six hits while tying a career-high with six strikeouts in his complete-game victory. Stanek tossed just the second complete game of the season for Arkansas, joining Baxendale, who went the distance in a win against Florida. Stanek closed his freshman season with a 4-2 record and a 3.94 ERA in 15 appearances, including 12 starts.
Arizona State’s Joey DeMichele was named the Tempe Regional Most Outstanding Player after hitting a pair of homers and driving in nine runs during the regional.
2011 Tempe Regional All-Regional TeamJoey DeMichele, Arizona State – Most Outstanding PlayerXorge Carrillo, Arizona StateKramer Champlin, Arizona StateMitchell Lambson, Arizona StateJohnny Ruettiger, Arizona StateDJ Baxendale, ArkansasJarrod McKinney, ArkansasRyne Stanek, ArkansasCorbin Shive, CharlotteAndrew Smith, CharlotteRudy Jaramillo, New Mexico