Former Rocket hurler Matt Kuna was named a 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Mideast Region second-team selection, the NCAA Mideast Region All-American Committee announced on Monday. The All-Mideast Region Team was voted on by all the region's head coaches. Kuna becomes the 13th Rocket to earn all-region accolades and first since former teammate Joe Corfman was selected to the prestigious postseason squad in 2010.
Kuna played a key role in helping Toledo claim its first Mid-American Conference West Division title in school history in 2012. The Rockets' 19-8 (.704) MAC record equaled their best mark since the conference went to three-game series prior to the 2004 campaign.
Kuna sported a sensational 7-1 record with a miniscule 2.61 ERA and two saves this spring. The 2012 first-team All-MAC selection accumulated a team-high 79.1 innings of work, surrendering 28 runs (23 earned) on 67 hits with a squad-best 59 strikeouts. The Griffith, IN native ranked second in MAC in ERA, fourth in opponent batting average (.225, 67-for-298) and tied for fourth in wins.
In conference games, Kuna tallied a 5-1 ledger with a team-high 38 punchouts and a 2.59 ERA in a squad-best 55.2 innings of work to earn post-season honors for a second time in his UT career. The right-handed pitcher finished tied for first in games started (9), tied for fourth in wins and ninth in opponent batting average (.236, 51-for-216) in MAC play.
A 2009 second-team all-league honoree, Kuna wrapped up his collegiate career fifth in UT annals in career fewest walks per inning (0.268, minimum 100.0 innings pitched), sixth in win-loss percentage (.696, 16-7) and eighth in innings pitched (228.0). He also ranks tied for second in school history in win-loss percentage (.875, 7-1, minimum six decisions) in the single-season record book.
2012 ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Teams
Pitcher - David Starn, Kent State
Pitcher - Joe Hasse, Purdue
Pitcher - T.J. Oakes, Minnesota
Reliever - Dustin Quattrocchi, SIU Edwardsville
Catcher - Kevin Plawecki, Purdue
First Base - Jordan Steranka, Penn State
Second Base - Ryan Jones, Michigan State
Shortstop - Jimmy Rider, Kent State
Third Base - Cameron Perkins, Purdue
Designated Hitter - Garrett Gray, Wright State
Outfield - Matt Pollock, Buffalo
Outfield - Tristan Moore, Wright State
Outfield - Bobby Glover, Dayton
Pitcher - Tyler Skulina, Kent State
Pitcher – MATT KUNA, TOLEDO
Pitcher - Will Hudgins, Notre Dame
Reliever - Seth Willoughby, Xavier
Catcher - Tom Murphy, Buffalo
First Base - George Roberts, Kent State
Second Base - Eric Charles, Purdue
Shortstop - Brian Blaski, Dayton
Third Base - Eric Jadielo, Notre Dame
Designated Hitter - Ben Thoma, Eastern Illinois
Outfield - Matt Honchel, Miami
Outfield - Justin Glass, Cincinnati
Outfield - Evan Campbell, Kent State