TUCSON, Ariz. -
UALR's Sean Bignall
was rewarded for his record-setting season with a spot on the 2012 Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team on Thursday. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, Bignall established new UALR records for home runs and total bases as a senior in 2012, while becoming the first Trojan to reach 60 runs and 60 RBI in a season.
The 5-8 outfielder enjoyed a breakout senior year in 2012, establishing new school records with 18 home runs and 149 total bases. A native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, he ended the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.696), fifth in total bases and sixth in RBI (64). A First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Bignall leads the league in all four of those categories, as well as runs scored, and ranks fifth in the SBC with a .346 batting average. His 64 RBI place him second on UALR's all-time single-season list, one shy of the school record, while his 60 runs scored are good enough for third all-time at UALR.
He tied the school record for home runs in a game by hitting three in a win over South Dakota State on March 7, while setting a new UALR standard with 14 total bases. He tied another school record by scoring five runs in UALR's 17-8 win over South Alabama on April 13. Bignall was named Sun Belt Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks this season (March 5 and March 12), and ends his career tied for second on UALR's all-time home run chart with 20.
He was one of two Sun Belt Conference players to receive All-America accolades from Louisville Slugger, as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, with Arkansas State pitcher Jacob Lee joining him on the Third Team. Missouri State's Nick Petree was named the National Player of the Year after going 10-3 with a 0.92 earned run average. Petree racked up 109 strikeouts over 107.3 innings of work, and went 73 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run from March 2 until May 17.