May 25, 2011

HCAC Places 15 on ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Baseball Team

ALLIANCE, OH –Anderson University’s Michael Tucker (Zionsville, Ind./H.S.), Manchester’s Trey Forbes (Kendallville, Ind./East Noble), and Rose-Hulman’s Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) have been named First Team All-Mideast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Tucker, a junior catcher for the Ravens, earned first team honors after hitting .433 with 45 runs, 61 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, and 66 RBI.  The Zionsville, Indiana native slugged .901 his junior season and posted an on-base percentage of .539.  Tucker was named the HCAC Baseball Most Valuable Player.

Forbes, a senior catcher for the Spartans, was first team Mideast Region for his efforts.  Forbes hit .420 with 64 runs scored, 22 doubles, seven home runs, and 44 RBI during his senior season.  He added a .698 slugging percentage and a .510 on-base percentage on his way to a first team All-HCAC selection.

Kovacs, a senior outfielder for the Engineers, was selected first team for his play this spring.  Kovacs hit .414 with 49 runs scored, 16 doubles, six home runs, 39 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.  The senior slugged .627 and posted an on-base percentage of .446. Kovacs also earned a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings Mideast Region Gold Glove list for his efforts in the outfield.

Anderson University’s Greg Vogt (Carmel, Ind./H.S.), Franklin College’s Ian Sanders (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) and Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic), and Manchester College’s John Smolinski (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph’s), Ty Foster (Danville, Ind./H.S.), and Curt Mallery (Noblesville, Ind./H.S.) earned a selection on the ABCA All-Mideast Region Second Team. 

Anderson’s Brady Roundtree (Anderson, Ind./Highland), Bluffton University’s Nick Broyles (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer), Franklin College’s Alex Boone (Carmel, Ind./H.S.) and Nathan Ellis (Plainfield, Ind./H.S.), and Rose-Hulman’s Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) and Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) have been named to the ABCA All-Mideast Region Third Team.

Franklin first baseman Jordan Smuts (New Haven, Ind./H.S.) was also honored by the ABCA.  The senior earned the first base spot on the 2011 ABCA/Rawlings Mideast Region Gold Glove list for his efforts in the field.

The fifteen players that earned ABCA first team recognition will advance to the ABCA All-American ballot which will be selected and announced this week at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.