March 3, 2013
HOUSTON -- Leading Houston Baseball to a 2-1 weekend record with wins over No. 30 Texas A&M and Baylor at the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park, junior Caleb Barker and freshmen Kyle Kirk and Josh Vidales were named to the All-Tournament team, voted on by the members of the media and announced Sunday evening following the conclusion of the tournament.
With Houston's three selections, the Cougars have now placed 25 players on the All-Tournament team in the 13 years participating. This is the first year since 2010 that three have been selected. Houston joined No. 1 North Carolina and Baylor with at least three selections.
Each team placed at least one player on the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic All-Tournament Team, which was highlighted by the Classic's Most Outstanding Player 3B Cal Towey from Baylor, who hit .600 (6x10) with two doubles, one triple, six RBI, four runs scored and three walks.
2013 All-Tournament Team:
C Caleb Barker, Houston .400 (4x10), 2 2B, 4RBI, 2R, BB
1B Brenden Farney, Cal .417 (5x12), 2B, 2RBI, BB
2B Josh Vidales, Houston .500 (3x6), RBI, 3R, 6BB
3B Cal Towey, Baylor .600 (6x10), 2 2B, 3B, 6RBI, 4R, 3BB
SS Landon Lassiter, North Carolina .500 (6x12), 2B, 3B, 2RBI, 5R, 3BB
OF Jonathan Moroney, Texas A&M .556 (5x9), 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2R, BB
OF Nathan Orf, Baylor .500 (5x10), 2B, 3RBI, 5R, BB
OF Michael Russell, North Carolina .300 (3x10), 4RBI, 2R, 2BB
DH Kyle Kirk, Houston .333 (4x12), 2B, 6RBI, 3R, BB
P Kent Emanuel, North Carolina 0-0, 1.29 ERA (1ER/7IP), 8H, BB, 5SO
P Max Garner, Baylor 1-0, 2.16 ERA (2ER/8.1IP), 6H, 3BB, 8SO
P Austin Kubitza, Rice 0-0, 1.35 ERA (1ER/6.2IP), 4H, 2BB, 9SO
P Dillon Newman, Baylor 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0ER/7IP), 3H, 0BB, 8SO
Astros Foundation College Classic Most Outstanding Player: 3B Cal Towey, Baylor
The Astros also announced the field for the 2014 Astros Foundation College Classic will feature six universities, which all hail from the state of Texas. Rice University and the University of Houston will make their annual appearances in the tournament and will be joined by Texas, Texas Tech, TCU and Sam Houston State. This will mark the second time in tournament history that the field will feature all Texas teams and the first time since the inaugural tournament in 2001 (Baylor, Houston, Rice, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech).
The 2014 Astros Foundation College Classic will mark the event's 14th year and will feature nine games at Minute Maid Park from Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.
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Houston will return to Cougar Field for five games next week, beginning with a two-game series on Tuesday (6:30 pm) and Wednesday (4 pm) against Penn State and a weekend series vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6:30 pm/6:30 pm/1 pm).