PITTSBURGH--In its first season of existence, the Adrian College club baseball team captured the 2018 National Club Baseball Association Division 3 championship. Fast forward to 2019, the Bulldogs were promoted to the NCBA Division 2 level and promptly landed the first three All-Americans in team history as seniors pitcher Mark Cash (Belleville, Mich./New Boston Huron High School), second baseman Tyler Roushia (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan HS) and sophomore first baseman Evan Gugnacki (Warren, Mich./Cousino HS) all earned a spot on the second team.
"It is a great honor to have three guys selected for second-team all-American honors," said second-year Adrian head coach Brent Greenwood '14. "We played at a high level all year and these guys deserve to be recognized by their accomplishments. There are only 26 guys that were selected off of 134 teams in NCBA D-2 between first team and second team, so to have three of them is pretty special."
Cash was a multiple winner of the NCBA Division 2 and Northern Plains East Region Conference pitcher of the week awards. On Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018 against Saginaw Valley State University he threw the only perfect game with seven strikeouts in AC club baseball history to begin a doubleheader. During the season, Cash posted a 6-1 record, 2.18 earned-run average and 41 strikeouts against only eight walks in 45.1 innings pitched. He ranked second with a 0.88 WHIP among eight pitchers on the NCBA All-America first- and second-teams.
Roushia led his second-team All-America counterparts in batting average (.519) and on-base percentage (.615) while slugging .712 and compiling a 1.327 OPS. He scored 25 runs, produced six doubles and recorded 16 runs batted in.
Gugnacki slashed .404/.522/.615 while attaining a 1.138 OPS. He registered eight doubles, 18 runs scored, one home run and 18 RBI.
Adrian finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 19-8 overall record, including 10-5 in the NPERC for second place. The 'Dogs went 11-3 at home.
The NCBA, founded in 2000, is the national body that governs club baseball at colleges and universities in the United States, providing a national structure for non-varsity teams at the NCAA and NAIA levels. The organization runs the NCBA College World Series national championship series, compiles playing statistics, assists teams in fundraising, and arranges for discounts on baseball clothing and equipment.
For more information on the NCBA, please visit https://div2.clubbaseball.org/
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