RICHMOND, Indiana - Earlham College baseball seniors Eric Elkus, Nate Lynch, and Howie Smith earned postseason recognition from both the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) and D3Baseball.com.
Elkus, Lynch, and Smith earned spots on the All-Mideast Region Second Team by the ABCA while Lynch and Smith were also named to the All-Mideast Regional Third Team by D3Baseball.com.
Smith, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Most Outstanding Pitcher, set a single season program record in innings pitched (94.1) while also boasting a 9-3 record with a 2.48 ERA and five complete games. Smith also earned the Quakers their first NCAA Tournament victory, shutting down the nation's best offensive team to two runs in a 6-2 triumph over the College of Wooster.
The Hamilton, Ohio, native finished his Earlham career first in program history in wins (23), second in innings pitched (256.0), and third in strikeouts (196).
Lynch was named the HCAC's Most Valuable Player after leading the conference in batting average (.403) and stolen bases (47). He is the nation's leader in total stolen bases and is second in stolen bases per game. Lynch led Earlham in average and stolen bases while driving in 34 runs on 73 hits at the top of the Quakers' lineup this season.
The Oxford, Ohio, native leaves the program with the most career hits (192), runs (138), and stolen bases (87) in Earlham history.
Elkus was a First Team All-HCAC honoree after leading the conference in home runs (10) and RBIs (59). He also all of Division III in RBIs. Elkus led the Earlham offense in both categories as well as hitting 17 doubles with a .337 batting average.
The Edgewood, Kentucky, native leaves the program as the career leading in home runs (26) and RBIs (138).
The Quakers finished the 2017 season with the most wins (30) in program history. Earlham won the HCAC regular season and tournament title for the first time in program history as well as advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament, also for the first time.
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