FREELAND, Mich.--The 2017 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Adrian College Bulldogs landed eight student-athletes on the all-conference baseball teams, which was announced on Tuesday.
Led by co-MIAA Most Valuable Players and senior teammates Ryan Dorow (South Haven High School) and Ian Mikowski (Grand Rapids/Northview HS), as well as MIAA co-Most Valuable Pitcher junior Tommy Parsons (New Albany, Ohio), Adrian occupied seven of the 12 spots on the All-MIAA First Team. Also making the first team for the Bulldogs were senior second baseman Brian Killinger (Grand Rapids/ Northview HS), senior utility Miccoy Drzewiecki (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales HS), junior catcher Frank Resto (Miami, Fla./South Miami HS) and freshman pitcher Pierce Banks (Sterling Heights/Parkway Christian HS).
In addition, junior first baseman Hunter Hayes, of Adrian High, made the all-conference second team in his first season wearing the Gold and Black.
For the third time in four years, Dorow has collected the MIAA player of the year honor from his shortstop position after setting school career records for runs scored (168), hits (257), doubles (56), total bases (412), runs batted in (185) and home runs (25) this spring. The sports management major currently leads the MIAA with 52 RBI, a career-best seven triples, five sacrifice flies while slugging a third-best .630 and batting a fifth-best .414.
Parsons is named the MIAA Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, compiling league bests of 9-1 won-lost record and 79 strikeouts to go along with a 2.50 earned-run average in 72 innings of work. The business management major ranks second in the nation with a 19.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio, third in complete games (8), fourth in fewest walks (4) and eighth in victories. Earlier this season, he went 44-1/3 innings without issuing a walk for what's believed to be a NCAA Division III all-time record and 25 scoreless innings for the 18th-longest streak in D-III history.
Mikowski, who plays in the outfield, paces the conference with 70 hits (two shy of setting the school record), school records of 59 runs and 41 walks, .479 batting average, NCAA-leading .595 on-base percentage and he ranks second with 33 stolen bases for another AC benchmark. He also ranks in several NCAA top-5 offensive categories as the leadoff man for the nation's 11th-leading team with 466 hits. The sports management major repeats as an All-MIAA First Team member.
Banks has made an immediate impact as the No. 2 starter in the Adrian rotation, compiling a 7-0 record with a MIAA-leading 2.27 ERA in his debut season. The athletic training major has pitched 63.1 innings while allowing only 15 walks. His 52 strikeouts rank fourth in the MIAA and opponents are hitting just .215 against him. The MIAA Pitcher of the Week for April 10 threw his first career collegiate shutout on April 22 against Albion, a four-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Drzewiecki, who made the all-conference second team as a sophomore, has given the Bulldogs a lot of production as the designated hitter mostly in the No. 9 spot of the lineup. The criminal justice major has connected for a MIAA-topping nine home runs, which is two shy of the school benchmark, and driven in 38 runs for fourth in the conference and a personal record. His career year also includes 15 walks, .603 slugging percentage and 23 runs scored. He is currently batting .319 in 38 contests.
Hayes also is making an immediate impact in his first season with the Bulldogs, after playing his first two years at Jackson College. This spring, the exercise science major lists 34th in nation with 16 doubles--ranking third in the MIAA. He has produced a .313/.344/.486 slashline on the season, but those figures are amplified in conference games at .374/.406/.626. He has three home runs and 37 RBI despite missing the last four games of the regular season.
Killinger also has enjoyed a career year that includes personal records of .429 batting average (MIAA 4th), 43 runs (MIAA 3rd), 63 hits (MIAA 4th), 11 sacrifice bunts (MIAA 1st, tying a school record), nine doubles, four triples (MIAA 3rd), 86 total bases (MIAA 5th), .585 slugging percentage (MIAA 9th), 32 RBI (MIAA 10th), 15 stolen bases (MIAA 4th) and 21 walks (MIAA 9th). An athletic training major, he was named the April 24 MIAA Player of the Week and is a two-time D3baseball.com Team of the Week pick this spring.
Resto makes his debut on the all-conference squad while enjoying a breakout season. The communications major didn't allow a passed ball in league play only and threw out seven would-be base stealers during the season. Offensively, he has established personal records in batting (.302), runs (20), hits (35), total bases (38), RBI (22) and sacrifice flies (3). He earned MIAA Player of the Week on April 3.
Ryan Orr of Kalamazoo College shared the top pitcher award with Parsons.
The conference's eight head coaches vote on the all-conference awards.
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