Ashland's James & ODU's Colegate Headline NCBWA Midwest Region Baseball Team

Ashland's James & ODU's Colegate Headline NCBWA Midwest Region Baseball Team

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ashland's Stephen James and Ohio Dominican's Ryan Colegate headlined the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) postseason awards after being named the 2015 Midwest Player and Pitcher of the Year respectively.

James, is hitting .393 with 64 runs scored, 18 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 53 RBIs, eight stolen bases and a .716 slugging percentage. He also earned a spot on the NCBWA Midwest Region first team.

Colegate, who was also the GLIAC Pitcher of the Year, led the GLIAC with a 9-1 record and a 1.98 ERA. He started 11 games and threw three complete games, finishing the season with 72.2 innings pitched. He struck out 57 batters and walked just 16.He allowed 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). He also walked more than one batter in just four of his 13 outings on the season as well. In GLIAC play, he was 7-1 with a 1.45 ERA over 56.0 innings pitched.

There were 11 GLIAC players joining James and Colegate on the 2015 Midwest Region First and Second Teams. Grand Valley State had two other players named to the first team in senior Kevin Zak, and senior Jamie Potts, while sophomore Matt Williams and junior Patrick Kelly were named to the Second Team. Ashland juniors Mackenzie Hampshire, Blake Bellman, and Jake Baldwin joined ODU's senior Kyle Tisdale and Tiffin's junior Nick Hueneburg on the Second Team as well.

A complete list of the 2015 NCBWA Midwest Region Teams are below:

Midwest Region Player of the Year - Stephen James - Ashland
Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year - Ryan Colegate - Ohio Dominican
Midwest Region Coach of the Year - Mike Stockton - William Jewell
NCBWA Midwest Region First Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Tyler Arthur Drury Sr. Catcher St. Joseph, Mo.
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.
Tyler Tiechenor Trevecca Nazarene Jr. Utility Centertown, Ky.
Troy Paris Kentucky Wesleyan Jr. Designated Hitter Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Jamie Potts Grand Valley State Sr. Outfield Ravenna, Mich
Kyle Kempf Southern Indiana Jr. Outfield Evansville, Ind.
Austin Crutcher Bellarmine Sr. Outfield Lexington, Ky.
Ryan Colegate Ohio Dominican Jr. Starting Pitcher Centerville, Ohio
Matthew Kaplanis Indianapolis Jr. Starting Pitcher Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Michael Purcell Trevecca Nazarene Sr. Starting Pitcher New Johnsonville, Tenn.
Austin Simokaitis Missouri-St. Louis Jr. Relief Pitcher St. Louis, Mo.
         
NCBWA Midwest Region Second Team
Name School Year Position Hometown
Kyle Tisdale Ohio Dominican Sr. Catcher Uniontown, Ohio
Mackenzie Hampshire Ashland Jr. First Base Delphos, Ohio
Kory Wisdom Quincy Sr. Second Base Eureka, Mo.
Brett Marr Rockhurst So. Short Stop Warrensburg, Mo.
Nick Hueneburg Tiffin Jr. Third Base Peru, Ill.
Matt Williams Grand Valley State So. Utility Geneva, Ill.
Blake Bellman Ashland Jr. Designated Hitter Wooster, Ohio
Paul Trenhaile Truman State Sr. Outfield Hannibal, Mo.
Dallas Williams Drury Sr. Outfield Springfield, Mo.
Jonathan Eberhardt Kentucky Wesleyan Jr. Outfield Indianapolis, Ind.
Patrick Kelly Grand Valley State Jr. Starting Pitcher Brookfield, Ill.
Austin Kretchmar William Jewell Jr. Starting Pitcher Okarche, Okla.
Jake Baldwin Ashland Jr. Starting Pitcher Madison Heights, Mich.
Brett Collins Indianapolis Sr. Relief Pitcher Evansville, Ind.