Baird Named Second Team All-American
May 28, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona junior first baseman Dillon Baird has been named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
In his second year as a Wildcat, Baird compiled a .433 batting average, a .504 on-base percentage and a .716 slugging percentage. The first two figures rank tops in the Pac-10, while the latter is second-best.
There was absolutely no equal to Baird in the Pac-10 this season from an offensive standpoint, as evidenced by his standing in overall batting average and his average in league games. Jason Kipnis, Arizona State’s center fielder who ranks second in the league in batting, checks in a staggering 53 percentage points below Baird with a .380 average.
Considering each team’s 27 games against Pac-10 foes in league action, Baird separated himself even more with his .472 batting average in such games. The league’s next best hitter in conference-only games was Washington State’s Jared Prince, who hit a full 65 percentage points lower at a still impressive .407 mark.
But, perhaps no statistics are more telling than Baird’s rank in the conference compared to his peers in those Pac-10 only games. Along with his batting average, he led the league in slugging at .815 and on-base percentage at .540.
Baird, who finished the season with a 22-game hitting streak, collected 10 more hits (51) than any other player and led all players with 32 runs batted in during Pac-10 only games. Only teammate Bryce Ortega (28) scored more runs than Baird (27). He rapped out a league-best 13 doubles in league games and his 88 total bases were 25 more than any other player.