June 15, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Already a Louisville Slugger third team All-American, first round draft pick Joe Panik has been selected as a second team All-American by Baseball America. Panik is the fourth St. John's player all-time to earn All-America honors from the publication, joining Frank Viola (1981), Craig Hansen (2005) and Jeremy Baltz (2010).
A semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, the first team All-BIG EAST selection and third team Academic All-American set new career-highs this season in batting average (.398), hits (90), doubles (19), home runs (10), RBI (57), slugging percentage (.642), on-base percentage (.509) and stolen bases (21).
The shortstop finished the regular season ranked in the top ten in the BIG EAST in average (tied for first), on-base percentage (first), slugging percentage (second), runs (tied for second), RBI (fourth), home runs (tied for fifth), doubles (tied for seventh) and stolen bases (eighth).
A two-time All-BIG EAST selection and a former Freshman All-American, Panik currently ranks tied for second all-time at St. John's with a .370 career batting average and also ranks sixth all-time in hits (237), third in RBI (157), fourth in doubles (48), and fifth in home runs (25).