ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) released its baseball all-conference teams on Tuesday, May 8 as voted on by the league's head coaches. In total, seven Adrian College players were selected to either the first or second team. Senior Kyle Strawn (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee HS) was named MIAA Position Player of the Year marking the fifth straight season that a Bulldog was named the conference's position player of the year. On the first team was second baseman Garrett Green (Novi, Mich./Novi HS), outfielder Sam Fischer (Monclova, Ohio/Anthony Wayne HS), outfielder Andrew DeLuca (Westland, Mich./John Glenn HS), pitcher Jason Fryman (Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac Union HS) and pitcher Rylie Robinson (Clinton, Mich./Clinton HS). Freshman pitcher Eric Schmidt (Blissfield, Mich./Blissfield HS) was the lone representative on the second team.
Strawn had a phenomenal season for the Bulldogs ranking second in the MIAA in hitting with a .443 average in conference games. He also tied for the conference lead with 35 hits and led the league with 23 RBI's. Strawn collected seven triples and four home runs in league play which also was tops in the MIAA. His seven triples also set a single-season MIAA record. He also had 66 total bases which is fourth in a MIAA season. Strawn is currently eighth in NCAA Division III in batting average, second in triples and sixth in slugging percentage (as of April 30).
DeLuca won the conference batting title in 2012 with a .448 average (30-for-67) just beating out fellow teammate Strawn by .005 points. DeLuca ranked fourth in league contests with a .537 slugging percentage and had a .584 on-base percentage which led the league by .095 points over Strawn. DeLuca scored 18 runs and walked 12 times during the 28-game conference slate. He also was hit by a pitch 10 times to tie for the league lead with Chris Mattson of Hope. In the field, he had a 1.000 fielding percentage in 36 chances with one outfield assist.
Fischer finished league action with a .361 batting average which ranked seventh. He hit leadoff for the Bulldogs and tied for the conference lead with 35 hits. He also led the league with 24 runs scored and 10 doubles. Fischer tacked on three triples and 57 total bases. On the base paths, Fischer stole 10 bases in 14 attempts.
Green is making his trip to the first team and rightfully so after a season where he hit .386 to rank fourth in the MIAA. He was fourth in hits with 32 and second in RBI's with 19. Green had a .964 fielding percentage in 137 chances. He recorded 59 putouts and 73 assists at second base.
Fryman posted a 6-1 record in MIAA games this season with a 2.54 ERA in seven appearances. He threw 46 innings and allowed 41 hits, 13 earned runs, six walks and 47 strikeouts. Fryman ranked second in strikeouts, tied for first in wins and tied for third in innings pitched.
Robinson led all MIAA hurlers with a 0.94 ERA in a minimum of one inning pitched per team game. Robinson went 5-1 on the mound in 48 innings and yielded 40 hits. He also gave up just five earned runs all season and eight total runs. He walked six and fanned 28 batters. He threw the most innings of any player in the MIAA and ranked seventh in strikeouts and tied for first with two shutouts. His jewel of the season was a nine-inning complete game win at Hope on March 24.
Schmidt was the only freshman on either first or second team and turned in an impressive rookie campaign. He went a perfect 6-0 on the hill with a 1.88 ERA which ranked third in the conference. He tossed 43 innings and gave up 34 hits and nine earned runs. Schmidt walked eight and whiffed 23 hitters. He was the only starting pitcher in the league to not lose a game.