Iowa Hawkeye junior outfielder, Eric Toole, was named to the preseason first team All-Big Ten list following his outstanding sophomore campaign, one in which he was named to the All-Big Ten second team.
This should come as no surprise to people that follow Iowa Hawkeye or Big Ten baseball for that matter. Toole was a consistent performer for the Hawkeyes throughout the entire year last season.
His 59 hits, 32 runs, and 22 stolen bases were all tops on the Hawkeye team. To go along with that, he also batted .337 over the course of the season. While Toole was good all year long, he was even better in Big Ten play. He batted .412 in conference play and led the entire conference in on-base percentage posting a .486 OBP. He also posted a perfect fielding percentage during conference play, starting 45 games in center field for the Hawkeyes.
Toole also posted 15 multi hit games in those 45 he started in. He had 8 two hit games, 6 three hit games, and even a 5 hit game. Toole is expected to be a leader on this Hawkeye team as they are almost set to embark on their 2014 campaign. Iowa will be in action to open the 2014 season on Friday when they visit Austin Peay down in Tennessee for a three game set over the weekend.
Let’s see what the 2014 Hawkeyes have in store for us!