May 20, 2003
Two members of the University of Iowa baseball team were honored by the Big Ten Tuesday. Outfielder Kyle Thousand, a junior from Sioux City, IA, was named second team all-Big Ten while pitcher Nathan Johnson, a junior from Oskaloosa, IA, earned third-team accolades.
Thousand led the Hawkeyes in five offensive categories and ranked 12th in the Big Ten with a .355 batting average. The junior paced the Hawkeyes with 20 stolen bases, the third highest total in the Big Ten, and finished the season with a 17-game hit streak in league games.
This marks Thousand's second career all-Big Ten honor, he earned third team all-Big Ten laurels in 2002.
Johnson's 3.38 earned run average led the Hawkeyes and was fifth best in the league. Johnson made 12 relief appearances before being moved to the starting rotation in his final four appearances. In four Big Ten starts, Johnson pitched three complete games and recorded one shutout en route to a 3-1 record. Johnson struck out a team-high 53 batters while walking just nine and his 2.82 conference ERA was fourth-best in the Big Ten.
Minnesota, the Big Ten regular season champions, collected three postseason awards. Luke Appert and John Anderson repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, as Glen Perkins earned Freshman of the Year honors. Ohio State's Scott Lewis earned Pitcher of the Year accolades.