Lockwood, Angelberger get All-Big East nods
Redshirt freshman Ryan Lockwood, who sparked the Bulls as their starting centerfielder and cleanup hitter, earned first-team All-Big East honors on Monday but was passed over for the league's Rookie of the Year honor.
Senior first baseman Joey Angelberger also represented USF on the first team, and junior infielder Addison Maruszak made the all-conference second team. The league's rookie honor went to West Virginia's Jedd Gyorko, who had 57 RBIs and seven home runs; Lockwood had 37 and zero. Lockwood and Gyorko finished second and third in the league in overall batting average.
The sixth-seeded Bulls open play in the Big East tournament in Clearwater at 8 p.m. on Tuesday against third-seeded Notre Dame.
Lockwood, a Jesuit graduate who transferred after one season at Florida, has a 30-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in college baseball, and his .415 average this season is the second-highest season average in USF history. He led the Big East in batting average in conference games. Lockwood saw his season end early nine days ago when he broke a bone in his left hand while sliding into home during USF's series with St. John's.
Angelberger leads USF with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs, both career highs, and matches Maruszak for the team lead with 52 runs. Angelberger made the Big East honor roll for last week after hitting four home runs in four games and helping the Bulls earn a three-game sweep of Notre Dame. Maruszak's .362 average is second only to Lockwood on the Bulls' roster.