Outfielder Mitch Haniger Earns Louisville Slugger All-America Honors

Outfielder Mitch Haniger Earns Louisville Slugger All-America Honors


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly's first baseball All-American in five years is junior outfielder Mitch Haniger. Earlier this week the Archbishop Mitty High School graduate became the third Mustang to earn Big West Conference Player of the Year honors.

Haniger is a second-team Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper after leading the Big West Conference in home runs (13), RBI (64), slugging percentage (.626), total bases (132) and sacrifice flies (7).

Outfielder Grant Desme was a first-team All-American by Baseball America and second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2007 while catcher Kyle Blumenthal and left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson were third-team selections by Collegiate Baseball in 2005.

Haniger (2012), Blumenthal (2005) and Desme (2007) are the only Mustangs who have earned the Big West Player of the Year award.

Haniger (6-2, 215, Santa Clara,CA) hit .346 with 18 doubles and a triple while stealing six of 12 bases. He is 11th in the nation in RBI, 13th in RBI per game (1.14), 30th in slugging percentage, 42nd in total bases, 32nd in home runs, 44th in home runs per game (0.23) and 21st in sacrifice flies.

"Haniger had one of those monster years where he had a wide margin over anyone else in the Big West when it came to the  power numbers," said 10th-year Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee.

In three years with the Mustangs, Haniger is fourth all-time with 26 career home runs, tied for No. 3 with 47 career doubles and tied for No. 5 with 137 career RBI. Haniger is expected to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 4.

Haniger had a 10-game hitting streak snapped by Long Beach State on March 30, going 16-for-36 (444) during the streak to lift his average 64 points. He threw out nine runners from center field this season, where he started all 56 games.

Haniger produced 22 multiple-hit games, including a five-hit contest vs. Cal State Northridge and seven three-hit games. He hit two homers in the Metrodome and went 8-for-13 in the Cal State Northridge series and 8-for-18 in the Loyola Marymount series with nine RBI and five runs scored, earning Big West Field Player of the Week honors both times.

Cal Poly finished the 2012 season 36-20 overall, winning its last seven games and 14 of 17. For the second time in their 16 years as a member of the Big West, the Mustangs finished second with a 16-8 mark, one game behind champion Cal State Fullerton.

Titan outfielder/relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen was named to the Louisville Slugger first team as a utility player while teammate Dylan Floro, a right-handed starting pitcher, was named to the third team.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Petree of Missouri State was named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year after posting a 10-3 record and 0.92 ERA with 109 strikeouts and 34 walks in 177 1/3 innings. From March 2 through May 17, he compiled 73 consecutive innings over 12 games without giving up an earned run.