All-BIG EAST Baseball Honors for RU

Four members of the Rutgers baseball team were rewarded for their season's performances at the 2006 BIG EAST Baseball Awards Banquet, held on Monday in Florida. Sophomore shortstop Todd Frazier was a first-team All-Big East ...

Sophomore shortstop Todd Frazier (Toms River, NJ) was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection to highlight four Scarlet Knight honorees at the 2006 BIG EAST Baseball Awards Banquet, held Monday night at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, FL.

Senior center fielder Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ) and sophomore catcher Frank Meade (Linden, NJ) were Second Team selections, while junior third baseman Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ) was a Third Team pick.

All choices were made by the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Frazier started all 54 games at shortstop and was the Scarlet Knights' No. 3 hitter all season long. He hit nine home runs for the second-straight year, finishing the regular season with four blasts in his last eight games. Frazier leads the team in batting average (.368), hits (77), doubles (14), triples (3), runs (57), walks (40), stolen bases (21), slugging percentage (.593) and on-base percentage (.477). The sophomore's 40 walks are tied for sixth on the school's single-season walk list. He ended the regular season ranked in the top-10 in the BIG EAST in eight categories, including stolen bases (T-3rd), walks (T-3rd), on-base percentage (5th), runs (7th), total bases (7th), hits (T-7th), slugging percentage (8th) and average (10th). Frazier also ranks second in the BIG EAST with a .424 batting average in conference games and leads the league in walks, is second in runs, third in on-base percentage and slugging, fourth in total bases, tied for fourth in home runs, fifth in hits, tied for eighth in stolen bases and tied for ninth in RBI in league action. Frazier, a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice during the season.

One of Rutgers' all-time best players, Grose ranks in the top-10 in the school record books in walks (fourth), at-bats (fourth), hits (T-fourth), runs (T-seventh), triples (T-eighth) and total bases (tenth). He has started all 54 games for RU in center field, while serving as Rutgers' leadoff hitter. Grose owned a career-best 14-game hitting streak during the regular season, including an impressive eight-game multi-hit streak during that stretch. The senior earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors on May 8 after hitting .526 with 11 hits, while driving in 12 runs in five games. He has made several acrobatic diving catches in the outfield this season. He joined Frazier as a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection.

Meade is currently tied with former Scarlet Knight Jeff Frazier (2002 and 2004) as Rutgers' all-time single-season home run leader with 13 this season. He owns a pair of grand slams on the season, while hitting two home runs in a game once this year, at Liberty. The slugger has driven in a team-high 50 runs. Meade is among the BIG EAST slugging leaders overall and in conference action. He serves as Rutgers' everyday catcher, starting 49 of the 51 games he played in behind the plate.

Querns is hitting .345 this season, which ranks second-best on the team. He started 53 of RU's 54 games during the regular season at third base. Six of his 61 hits have gone for extra bases, including five doubles and a triple, contributing to 32 RBI on the season. Querns was Named BIG EAST and College Baseball Foundation National Player of the Week on April 17 after hitting .714 with five runs and four RBI in four games, including an astonishing 10-for-12 performance in a three-game series at Cincinnati.

Frazier and Grose are repeat honorees, as both were selected to the conference's third team last season.

Sixth-seeded Rutgers will play third-seeded Louisville in the opening game of the BIG EAST Championship Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, FL.

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