Quakers Have Nine Players Honored by HCAC

Quakers Have Nine Players Honored by HCAC
RICHMOND, Ind. — Nine Earlham College baseball players were honored by Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday.

Ted Williams, Zach Lee, Matt Brankle and Thomas Rea were each members of the All-HCAC First Team. On the Honorable Mention list were Ryan Hayes, Ryan McCray, T. J. Plummer and Nate Hube. Alex Arovits was on the All-HCAC Sportsmanship squad.

The nine players are the most for any Earlham team since Sakosits joined the program five years ago as the Quakers finished 21-18, which is their best record in the NCAA era and third most wins all-time. The four selections on the first team were the second most of any team in the conference behind Manchester University's five choices.

Williams played in all 39 games for the Quakers this season as he produced five homers with 23 RBI and an average of .293. Also this season, Williams became Earlham's all-time leader in RBI (112) and triples (12). On Earlham's other all-time lists, he is second in runs scored (117), while finishing his career in third in hits (168), home runs (15) and walks (80).

Lee ended the season at 6-2, which was tops on the Quakers as he led the HCAC with a 1.96 ERA. He had a pair of complete games in nine starts.

Although Brankle was 2-5 overall this season, he was 2-3 in the HCAC contests with a 1.32 ERA in seven appearances. He also earned a save in a conference contest.

Rea led the Quakers in batting at .391, which put him in sixth in the HCAC. He had the most hits for the Quakers with 61 and he led the squad with 17 stolen bases.

Hayes hit six homers this season with a .331 batting average. He finished his career as Earlham's all-time leader in homers with 25. He also led the Quakers with 10 doubles.

McCray was a mainstay behind the plate for the Quakers as he end the spring with a .315 batting average. He also tied Hayes for third on the squad with 40 hits.

Plummer set a school record with six saves this season as he added to his all-time total to leave the program on top of the career list with 13.

Hube led the Quakers with 11 starts this season as he ended with a 3-4 record.

Arovits batted .289 this season and finished second on the team with nine doubles.

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