2011 All-GLIAC Baseball Teams and Postseason Awards Announced

2011 All-GLIAC Baseball Teams and Postseason Awards Announced

BAY CITY, Mich. - The 2011 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Baseball teams and postseason awards were announced in conjunction with the opening round of the Conference Tournament held in Chillicothe, Ohio at V.A. Memorial Stadium.

Grand Valley State University junior outfielder Cody Grice (DeWitt, Mich.) was named the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) baseball “Player of the Year” by the league’s head coaches in all-conference balloting. Ashland University senior Ajay Meyer (East Halmer, Ohio/Owens C.C.) was named the 2011 GLIAC baseball “Pitcher of the Year.”

The coaches named Grand Valley State rookie Bill Maple (Kalamazoo, Mich./Vicksburg) the conference’s “Freshman of the Year,” while Steve Lyon, head coach of Grand Valley State’s  baseball team, was tabbed the “Coach of the Year.”


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Grice is the fifth Laker to win “GLIAC Player of the Year” in school history and the first since 2001. Grice is hitting .389 this season with 50 runs, four home runs and 50 runs-batted-in. He has a .590 slugging percentage and a .490 on-base percentage, both top five marks in the GLIAC. He ranks second in the league in runs, RBI, and hit by pitches with 12, the fourth highest single-season total in school history. Grice ranks in the top eight in the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits (56), RBI, doubles (11), triples (3), home runs (4), total bases (85), walks (28), hit by pitch, sacrifice flies (12) and stolen bases (18).

 

 

 

Meyer has put together one of the best pitching seasons in recent AU memory. He was 9-3 with a 1.47 ERA in the regular season and set the school single-season record for complete games with 11. Meyer is the GLIAC leader in strikeouts (94) and innings pitched (92.0) and is tied for the league lead with nine wins. He made 15 appearances and also had two saves this season to go along with three complete game shutouts. The Hamler, Ohio native went the distance in all but one of his starts. In nine of his appearances he allowed no earned runs. Opponents are batting just .187 off him this season and he has walked just 13 batters. On May 7, he threw the first one-hitter of his career against visiting Hillsdale. For his career, Meyer is 19-5 with 19 complete games.

 

 

 

Maple was named the GLIAC “Freshman of the Year” after tallying a 7-0 record with a 1.95 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 37 innings pitched. His seven wins are the most in school history for a freshman. Maple led the team with a .161 opponent’s batting average and never yielded more than four hits in any start this season. He had a team-high 10 strikeouts against Tiffin on April 16th (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB), the only time this season a Laker recorded double-digit strikeouts. Maple went the first 22.1 innings of the season without allowing an earned run and has only allowed three extra base hits all season long. He’s the fourth Laker in school history to win the honor.

 

 

 

 

Lyon, earns the GLIAC Coach of the Year, for the second time in his career (2003). Lyon has guided the Lakers to the top winning percentage in NCAA Division II this season and the Lakers finished the regular season with the best GLIAC record in conference history. The team’s 45 wins are the most in school history in the regular season while the three losses are the least in school history in the regular season. Lyon notched his 500th career victory as the head coach of the Lakers on May 7th with a 4-3 win over Ohio Dominican, with a career record now standing at 502-187-2 (.728) as the Lakers’ head coach. He has helped construct the longest winning streak in school history, with the Lakers having won 25 straight games, besting the 2006 squad that had a 21-game winning streak. The Lakers won the 15th GLIAC title in school history this year, the eighth in the last nine years and the eighth in Lyon’s career.

 

 

 

GLIAC Baseball All-Conference First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Year

B/T

Hometown/Previous School

DH

Cory Phillips

Grand Valley State

Sr.

R/R

Normal, Ill./Heartland C.C.

C

Michael Wiseman

Wayne State

Sr.

L/R

White Lake, Mich./Lakeland

1B

Pat Curtin

Tiffin

Jr.

R/L

Mason, Ohio/Moeller

2B

Garrett Yatch

Grand Valley State

Jr.

L/R

Midland, Mich./Kellogg C.C.

SS

Ryan Rua

Lake Erie

Jr.

R/R

Amherst, Ohio/Steele

3B

Tyler Gray

Ashland

Fr.

R/R

Plain City, Ohio/Jonathan Alder

INF

Matt McAllester

Ashland

Sr.

L/R

Westlake, Ohio

OF

Steve Anderson

Grand Valley State

Jr.

R/R

Northville, Mich.

OF

Cody Grice

Grand Valley State

Jr.

R/R

DeWitt, Mich.

OF

Brandon James

Lake Erie

Sr.

R/R

Mentor, Ohio

OF

Evan Melendez

Ashland

Sr.

L/L

Amherst, Ohio/Steele

SP

Carson Beauchaine

Saginaw Valley State

So.

R/R

Fraser, Mich.

SP

Ryan Garman

Grand Valley State

Jr.

R/R

Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Johnson County C.C.

SP

Ajay Meyer

Ashland

Sr.

R/R

East Halmer, Ohio/Owens C.C.

SP

Kyle Schepel

Grand Valley State

Jr.

L/R

Grand Rapids, Mich/Christian

RP

Brad Zambrong

Grand Valley State

So.

L/L

Waterford, Mich./Brother Rice

GLIAC Baseball All-Conference Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Year

B/T

Hometown/Previous School

DH

Matt Pochmara

Hillsdale

Fr.

R/R

Farmington, Mich.

C

JT Feldkamp

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

R/R

Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King

1B

Giancarlo Brugnoni

Grand Valley State

Fr.

R/R

Grosse Pointe, Mich./De La Salle

2B

Felix Brown

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

S/R

Philipsburg, St. Maarten/Milton Peters

SS

Andrew Trepel

Grand Valley State

Sr.

R/R

Joliet Ill./Indiana State

3B

Jordan Chiero

Tiffin

Jr.

R/R

Gahanna, Ohio/New Albany

INF

Adam Connell

Hillsdale

Sr.

R/R

Chelsea, Mich.

OF

C.J. Maszal

Wayne State

Jr.

R/R

Allen Park, Mich./Ohio University

OF

Kyle O’Boyle

Saginaw Valley State

So.

R/R

Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek

OF

Matt Toth

Lake Erie

Jr.

L/R

Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King

OF

Paul Young

Grand Valley State

Sr.

L/R

London, Ont./Grand Rapids C.C.

SP

Mark Heard

Northwood

Jr.

R/R

Novi, Mich.

SP

Aaron Hilt

Ashland

Jr.

R/R

Richmond, Ohio/Edison

SP

Brett Shankin

Wayne State

Sr.

L/R

Washington, Mich./Romeo

SP

Josh Wedesky

Wayne State

Jr.

R/R

Fowlerville, Mich.

RP

Billy Hurley

Wayne State

Jr.

R/R

Mississauga, Ont./Binghamton

GLIAC Baseball All-Conference Honorable Mention

Pos.

Name

School

Year

B/T

Hometown/Previous School

1B

Austin Erb

Ashland

So.

L/L

Strasburg, Ohio/Hanover

RP

Andrew Pinkelman

Ashland

Jr.

L/R

Delta, Ohio/Evergreen

OF

Jason Reitenbach

Findlay

Sr.

R/R

Brunswick, Ohio/Youngstown State

INF

Tommy Roush

Findlay

So.

L/R

Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont

C

Jared Cowan

Grand Valley State

Jr.

R/R

Davison, Mich.

C

Zach Laupp

Grand Valley State

Jr.

R/R

Mattawan, Mich.

SP

Brent Opland

Hillsdale

Sr.

L/L

Dexter, Mich.

C

Chris Stephens

Hillsdale

Jr.

R/R

Grosse Pointe, Mich./Farmington

RP

Doug Fox

Lake Erie

So.

L/L

Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge

1B

Jae Leeworthy

Lake Erie

Jr.

R/R

Newton Falls, Ohio

2B

Michael Goodwin

Northwood

Sr.

R/R

Midland, Mich./Saginaw Valley State

C

Ryan Palmer

Northwood

Jr.

R/R

Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel

OF

Germaine McAlpine

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

L/L

Canton, Ohio/McKinley

SS

Tyler Zaidel

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

R/R

Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick

OF

Ryan Ermers

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

R/R

Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford

SS

Matt Hunt

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

R/R

Howell, Mich./Concordia University

OF

Michael Dushane

Tiffin

Jr.

R/R

Blissfield, Mich./Defiance

SS

Val Helldobler

Tiffin

Jr.

R/R

Toledo, Ohio/St. John Jesuit

SS

Caleb Dalman

Wayne State

Sr.

R/R

Hudsonville, Mich.

SP

Alex Pierse

Wayne State

So.

L/L

Clinton Twp., Mich./De La Salle