ODU's Colegate Named 2015 Daktronics Pitcher of the Year

ODU's Colegate Named 2015 Daktronics Pitcher of the Year

ROLLA, Mo. – Trevecca Nazarene’s Hunter Newman and Ohio Dominican’s Ryan Colegate headline the 2015 Daktronics, Inc. Baseball All-Midwest Region First Team. They were named the Midwest Region Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as selected by the region’s sports information directors.

Newman, a junior third baseman from Chapmansboro, Tenn., was the Player of the Year in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. He hit .451and led the Trojans and the G-MAC in batting average, home runs (18), runs batted in (77), slugging percentage (.877), on-base percentage (.558), total bases (171), walks (39) and tied for the lead in hit by pitches (13). His 18 home runs are11th best in Division II.Newman is a three-time selection to the All-G-MAC team. He helped lead the Trojansto a 36-18 mark and the G-MAC regular and postseason championships.

Colegate, a starting pitcher for the Panthers from Centerville, Ohio, made 13 appearances on the mound this season and was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Pitcher of the Year. Heis9-1with a 1.98 earned run average in 72 and two-thirds innings pitched and has struck out 57 batters while holding the opposition to a .214 batting average. Colegate has thrown three complete games and a shutout. Heallowed more than one earned run in just two starts this spring and in a seven appearance stretch (six starts) between April 4 and May 2 yielded just five earned runs in 43.1 innings (1.04 ERA).

Joining Newman and Colegate on the first team are Kentucky Wesleyan’s Josh Galvan (C), Troy Parris (DH) and Matt Pobereyko (SP);  Grand Valley State’s Jamie Potts (OF) and Kevin Zak (SS);Truman State’s Paul Trenhaile (OF) and Kent Frantz (SP); Ashland’s Stephen James (2B); Bellarmine’s Austin Crutcher (OF); Drury’s Luke Tewes (1B);  Malone’s Matt Davis (Utility Non-Pitcher); Missouri-St. Louis’s Austin Simokaitis (RP); Southern Indiana’s Matt Chavarria (Utility Pitcher) and Trevecca Nazarene’s Michael Purcell(SP).

The second team is comprised of Quincy’s David Jacob (1B), Kory Wisdom (2B) and Teddy (RP); Indianapolis’s Colin Hawk (SS) and Matthew Kaplanis (SP); Southern Indiana’s Sam Griggs (Utility Non-Pitcher) and Drake McNamara (DH); William Jewell’s Luke Luccehtti’s (OF) and Austin Kretchmar (SP); Alderson-Broaddus’s Luke Shiflett (DH); Ashland’s Jake Baldwin (SP); Cedarville’s Drew Johnson (3B); Grand Valley’s Patrick Kelly (SP); Kentucky Wesleyan’sJohnathan Eberhardt (OF); Ohio Dominican’s Lee Sponseller (OF); Wayne State’s Kyle Zimmerman (Utility Pitcher); and Wisconsin-Parkside’s Jake Kolasinski (C).

The D2SIDA All-America and All-Region baseball teams are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.

All 16 first-team All-Region selections will now be placed on the national ballot for All-America Consideration. The All-America teams are scheduled to be released on Friday, May 22. The complete Daktronics Midwest Region teams can be found on the following page.

Midwest Region Player of the Year - Hunter Newman - Trevecca Nazerne
Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year - Ryan Colegate - Ohio Dominican
Daktronics Midwest Region First Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Josh Galvan Kentucky Wesleyan Jr. Catcher

Cicero, Ill.

Luke Tewes Drury Sr. First Base Lincoln, Neb.
Stephen James Ashland Sr. Second Base Westlake, Ohio
Kevin Zak Grand Valley State Sr. Shortstop Novi, Mich.
Hunter Newman Trevecca Nazarene Jr. Third Base Chapmansboro, Tenn.
Austin Crutcher Bellarmine Sr. Outfield Lexington, Ky. 
Jamie Potts Grand Valley State Sr. Outfield Ravenna, Mich.
Paul Trenhaile Truman State Sr. Outfield Hannibal, Mo.
Troy Paris Kentucky Wesleyan Jr. Designated Hitter Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Matt Davis Malone Jr. Utility (Non-Pitcher) Canton, Ohio
Ryan Colegate Ohio Dominican Jr. Starting Pitcher Centerville, Ohio
Kent Frantz Truman State Fr. Starting Pitcher Bloomington, Ill.
Michael Purcell Trevecca Nazarene Sr. Starting Pitcher New Johnsville, Tenn.
Matt Pobereyko Kentucky Wesleyan Sr. Starting Pitcher Munster, Ind.
Matt Chavarria Southern Indiana Sr. Utility Pitcher Carlsbad, N.M.
Austin Simokaitis Missouri-St. Louis Jr. Relief Pitcher St. Louis, Mo.
Daktronics Midwest Region Second Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Jake Kolasinski Wisconsin-Parkside So. Catcher New Berlin, Wis.
David Jacob Quincy So. First Base Springfield, Ill.
Kory Wisdom Quincy Sr. Second Base Eureka, Mo.
Colin Hawk Indianapolis Jr. Shortstop Beech Grove, Ind.
Drew Johnson Cedarville So. Third Base Cincinnati, Ohio
Lee Sponseller Ohio Dominican Fr. Outfield Mason, Ohio
Johnathan Eberhardt Kentucky Wesleyan Jr. Outfield Indianapolis, Ind.
Luke Luccehtti William Jewell Sr. Outfield Yorkville, Ill.
Sam Griggs Southern Indiana Fr. Utility (Non-Pitcher) Evansville, Ind.
Drake McNamara* Southern Indiana Fr. Designated Hitter Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Luke Shiflett* Alderson-Broaddus So. Designated Hitter Bridgewater, Va.
Matthew Kaplanis Indianapolis Jr. Starting Pitcher Fort Wayne, Ind.
Jake Baldwin Ashland Jr. Starting Pitcher Madison Heights, Mich.
Austin Kretchmar William Jewell Jr. Starting Pitcher Okarche, Okla.
Patrick Kelly Grand Valley State Jr. Starting Pitcher Brookfield, Ill.
Kyle Zimmerman Wayne State Sr. Utility (Pitcher) Frankfort, Mich.
Teddy Rule Quincy Jr. Relief Pitcher St. Louis, Mo.
 * - Tie in voting