Anderson’s Tucker Named HCAC Baseball Most Valuable Player

GREENWOOD, IN – Anderson University’s Michael Tucker (Zionsville, Ind./H.S.) has been named the 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player in baseball. The junior catcher guided the Ravens to a 26-14 overall record and a fourth place finish in the league standings.

Tucker hit .443 (35-for-79) in conference play and had 28 runs, 37 RBI, eight doubles, one triple, and nine home runs.  He had a .911 slugging percentage and a .553 on-base percentage during league play.

Overall in 2011, Tucker ranked among the conference leaders in batting average (.433) and led the HCAC in slugging percentage (.901), on-base percentage (.539), RBI (66), home runs (16), and total bases (127).

Franklin’s Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic) has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Windler, an outfielder for the Grizzlies, hit .435 (37-for-85) in conference play and had 24 runs, 26 RBI, nine doubles, one triple, and six home runs.

Windler hit .444 (52-for-117) with 34 runs, 31 RBI, 10 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs overall in 2011.  He had a slugging percentage of .752 and an on-base percentage of .504 for the Grizzlies who won the school’s first HCAC baseball tournament title.  FC stands 29-12 overall this season and will make their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament this week.

The HCAC has also awarded the 2011 Coach of the Year award to Manchester Head Coach Rick Espeset. In his 15th season as the skipper for the Spartans, Espeset guided his team to the school’s fourth HCAC baseball championship with a 17-7 mark in conference action.  Coach Espeset also claimed the HCAC Coach of the Year award in 1998, 2004, and 2006.

Tucker and Windler join 22 other players on the All-HCAC First Team. There are also 15 players on the All-HCAC Second Team. The All-HCAC Honorable Mention list includes 34 athletes.

Most Valuable Player: Michael Tucker, Anderson University

Freshman of the Year: Scott Windler, Franklin College

Coach of the Year: Rick Espeset, Manchester College

All-HCAC First Team

Trey Forbes

Manchester

Sr.

C

Drew Zuckerman

Transylvania

Sr.

C

Ty Foster

Manchester

Sr.

1B

Cody Schell

Manchester

So.

2B

Ian Sanders

Franklin

Sr.

2B

Josh Denny

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

SS

Brady Roundtree

Anderson

Sr.

SS

Nick Broyles

Bluffton

Jr.

SS

Bobby Newman

Rose-Hulman

So.

3B

Kyle Niermann

Bluffton

So.

OF

David Tatham

Manchester

Sr.

OF

Ben Stroube

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

OF

Michael Kovacs

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OF

Chris Stemple

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OF

Ben Kuebbing

Transylvania

Sr.

OF

Derek Dauenbaugh

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

DH

Greg Vogt

Anderson

Jr.

P

Cody Nees

Franklin

Sr.

P

Curtis Mallery

Manchester

Sr.

P

Bryce Murphy

Manchester

So.

P

Drew Ernst

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

P

Jim Bob Schuler

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

P

All-HCAC Second Team

Tim Webb

Bluffton

Fr.

C

Nate Clem

Anderson

Jr.

1B

Nick Stoia

Franklin

So.

SS

Corey Marchant

Manchester

So.

SS

Alex Boone

Franklin

Sr.

3B

Jay Sheets

Manchester

Sr.

3B

Travis Lee

Franklin

Sr.

OF

Brad Murphy

Manchester

So.

OF

Trace Norton

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

OF

John Doering

Transylvania

So.

OF

Thomas Tolliver

Transylvania

Sr.

OF

John Smolinski

Manchester

Sr.

DH

Nathan Ellis

Franklin

Jr.

P

Mitch Hunnicutt

Hanover

Fr.

P

Brandon Bouley

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

P

 

Honorable Mention

Anderson: Dan Schmitz (So., P); Brett Detty (Jr., 3B)

Bluffton: Ryan Leugers (Jr., P); Tyler Stephenson (Jr., 3B); Kyle Trainer (Jr., 2B); Airic Steagall (Fr., 1B)

Defiance: Darin Waterman (Fr., P); Stephen Leskow (So., P); David Riley (Jr., C)

Earlham: Ted Williams (Fr., SS); Tyler Schroeder (Jr., OF); Justin Broach (So., P); Adam Painter (Sr., P); Andrew Morrical (Sr., OF); Ryan Hayes (Fr., DH)

Franklin: Nate Bryant (Sr., P); Jordan Smuts (Sr., 1B); Matt Zmich (Sr., OF); Shawn Mattingly (Jr., P); Jarrett Johnson (Jr., OF)

Hanover: Kevin Daeger (Fr., C); Kevin Sears (So., OF); Cam Ginder (So., IF)

Manchester: Justin Scott (So., P)

Mount St. Joseph: Ben Hunterman (Sr., P); Justin Shelton (So., 3B); John Pasquale (Sr., 2B)

Rose-Hulman: B.J. Zobrist (Sr., 2B); Nick Rumpke (Sr., P); Andrew Oakley (Sr., P)

Transylvania:  Johnny Renz (Jr., OF); Taylor Bugh (Jr., P); Chris Bloch (Jr., P); Danny Niehaus (Jr., P)