Luke Appert and Ben Perkins named All-Americans

Senior Luke Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and freshman Glen Perkins (Stillwater, Minn.) were both named Collegiate Baseball Magazine Louisville Slugger All-Americans. Perkins was named a second- team All-American, while Appert earned third-team All-American honors for second straight season.

Perkins becomes the first Golden Gopher to claim second-team All- American honors or higher since Robb Quinlan earned second-team NCBWA honors in 1998. Perkins had won 10 straight games going into the College World Series. His lone loss of the season was in his first collegiate outing against Arizona on Feb. 23. Perkins broke the Minnesota single-season strikeout record and became only the ninth pitcher in Golden Gopher history to win 10 or more games in a season. The southpaw is 10-1, with a 2.77 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season.

Appert was named third-team for a second consecutive season, joining Quinlan, who did so in 1998 and '99. Appert became the first back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year since long-time Cincinnati Red standout Barry Larkin in 1984 and '85. He is currently 13th in the nation in doubles heading into the week. Appert is in the Minnesota career top-10 in hits (2nd), doubles (2nd), home runs (8th), total bases (2nd), runs scored (t-4th), RBI (5th), games played (t-2nd), at-bats (2nd) and walks (t- 5th). The second baseman heads into the NCAA Regionals batting .381 with four homers, 44 RBI, 51 runs, 15 stolen bases and has a .477 on-base percentage.

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