Well, Mountaineer fans, the Big East baseball tournament is underway in Florida. Today was the Home Run derby. Jedd Gyorko finished 5th, missing the cut to round two (the top 4 advance.)
2010 BIG EAST Home Run Derby Results
10 swings per round; 100 points per HR, 10 points per fly ball to outfield
First Round (top four advance to final round)
Jimmy Jacquot, Cincinnati - 550
Mike Olt, Connecticut - 420
Cade Stallings, Louisville - 350
Paul Karmas, St. John’s - 350
Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia - 250
Jimmy Falla, USF - 170
David Chester, Pittsburgh - 140
Dan Perrine, Rutgers - 60
Mike Olt, Connecticut - 450
Cade Stallings, Louisville - 410
Paul Karmas, St. John’s - 360
Jimmy Jacquot, Cincinnati - 270
It’s also comforting to see that David Chester of Pitt also didn’t advance. So, chalk up another victory to WVU beating Pitt.
Anyway, Gyorko also made the All-Big East First Team. He was the only Mountaineer to receive any all-Big East honor. He earned first-team honors for the second consecutive year, and received a second-team selection in his freshman campaign in 2008.
He has definitely earned this award based on his statistics. He leads the offensive-oriented BIG EAST with 165 total bases, is tied for first place with 26 doubles, sits at second place with a .724 slugging percentage and 86 base hits and is third with 69 runs scored and 42 walks.
For the season, he is batting .377 with a career-high 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. Gyorko has a 2:1 walk-to-strikeout ratio, and was recently named a Brooks Wallace Award quarterfinalist by the College Baseball Foundation.
Congratulations go out to Gyorko for his achievements. He’s been projected to be taken in the MLB Draft (50 picks), and I hope he falls all the way down to #35 so he can play alongside Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves one day.
Good luck to WVU in the tournament. LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!