UTICA, Mich.--Recent Adrian College graduate Ian Mikowski (Grand Rapids/Northview High School) has signed a contract to play professionally with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers of the Independent United Shore Baseball League, the team has announced.
"The Adrian College Baseball family is excited that a second player will get the opportunity to play professional baseball," Bulldogs head coach Craig Rainey said. "Ian is extremely deserving of this opportunity, he has developed himself into a professional player. No player has spent more time than Ian in the weight room and hitting facility honing his abilities.
"Ian has a special ability that most players don't, he is a speed player that uses his physical abilities to be a better baseball player," continued Rainey.
Mikowski had a career year as senior, garnering All-America accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association (third team) and D3baseball.com (first team). He earned the D3baseball.com Mideast Player of the Year and also was voted the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association co-Most Valuable Player with teammate Ryan Dorow (who was drafted by the Texas Rangers and now plays in the Arizona Rookie League).
The outfielder led the nation with a .580 on-base percentage, breaking the school record of .564 set by Greg Pscodna in 1986. Mikowski, who had the No. 1 batting average at one point during the season and led Division III in hits going into the postseason, finished fourth in the nation with 83 hits. He also was the national runner-up with 45 walks, 42 stolen bases and 68 runs scored and fifth in batting (.472)--all Adrian single-season records, except batting average which is second.
Mikowski was named to the NCAA Division III Baseball Midwest Regional Championship all-tournament team, where the two-time ABCA All-Mideast Region First Team standout led the Bulldogs with six hits and five stolen bases in as many attempts and batted .429 in three games.
All told, the sports management graduate set or tied 11 Adrian single-game, season and career benchmarks.
"This opportunity is something as a freshman that neither or coaching staff or Ian probable saw in his future," Rainey said. "But his tremendous work ethic and never quit attitude has advanced him to the next level."
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