May 24, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Three University of Cincinnati baseball players were decorated with all-conference honors during Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 BIG EAST Championship Tuesday evening at Bright House Field.
Senior outfielder Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) was voted a First Team All-BIG EAST selection. Freshman designated hitter Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) was named to the second team and junior outfielder Braden Kline (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community) was named a member of the third team.
"They each had outstanding seasons this year," said UC head coach Brian Cleary. "I'm thrilled they were recognized by the coaches for their great play."
Riddell was named to the first team after ranking second in the BIG EAST with 29 runs batted in during conference play. He also finished in the top 10 in batting average (.361) and slugging percentage (.546) in league games. Overall, Riddell ended the regular season with a .360 average, with 9 home runs. His 67 RBI places him No. 6 in the UC single-season record book. Additionally, Riddell was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll three times during in '11 - May 16, April 25, and March 7.
After starting all 55 regular-season games for the Bearcats at DH, Glass was named to the second team when he ended the regular season with a .332 batting average, good for third on the team. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native also added 4 home runs and 45 runs batted in. At the beginning of the season, Glass was named to the '11 BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge All-Tournament team on Feb. 21 after batting .545 (6-for-11), with 3 RBI, 3 runs and 2 walks during his first three collegiate games.
In his first year as a full-time outfielder, the former catcher Kline batted .341 with 5 home runs and 31 RBI. In conference play, Kline finished 11th in the league in batting average (.341) and slugging percentage (.520), tied for No. 8 in total bases (58) and tied for sixth in home runs (5). Two of Kline's homers this year were game-winning shots in conference road games at Georgetown University (April 2) and Rutgers University (April 17).
Riddell is the fourth Bearcat to be named to the All-BIG EAST First Team since Cincinnati's first baseball season in the conference in 2006. Previous UC first-teamers are left-handed pitcher Dan Osterbrock ('06), infielder Josh Harrison ('08) and outfielder Tony Campana ('08).
Cincinnati plays St. John's University 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bright House Field in the first round of the 2011 BIG EAST Championship.