#Top15Countdown No. 7 - Baseball Sweeps HCAC Postseason Awards

#Top15Countdown No. 7 - Baseball Sweeps HCAC Postseason Awards

RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College baseball team swept the postseason Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) awards that were announced after the 2017 regular season.

Senior Nate Lynch earned Most Valuable Player honors, senior Howie Smith was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher, and head coach Steve Sakosits garnered HCAC Coach of the Year honors.

Smith 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.

Sakosits is in his ninth season with the Earlham baseball program including his seventh as the head coach. He is the Quakers' all-time leader in wins (146) and led Earlham to its first HCAC championship and berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament this season.

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.

 

No. 1  -  July 27
No. 2  - July 26
No. 3  - July 25
No. 4  - July 24
No. 5  - July 21
No. 6  - July 20
No. 7  - Baseball Sweeps HCAC Postseason Awards
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