Schmidt Named MIAA Pitcher of the Year

Schmidt Named MIAA Pitcher of the Year

FREELAND, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the 2015 All-MIAA awards as voted on by the league's head coaches. Senior Eric Schmidt (Blissfield, Mich./Blissfield HS) was named MIAA Pitcher of the Year and also grabbed a First Team spot. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Dorow (South Haven, Mich./South Haven HS), junior outfielder Jeff Gertley (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) and junior pitcher Jordan Frayer (New Boston, Mich./Huron HS) were also named First Team All-MIAA. Sophomore designated hitter/first baseman Miccoy Drzewiecki (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales HS) grabbed a spot on the Second Team All-MIAA list.

Schmidt posted a 6-0 record with a 2.31 earned run average in 46.2 innings during league play this season. He ranked first in wins, complete games (5) and strikeouts (43). He also ranked third in innings and earned run average. Schmidt tossed a shutout on April 11 against Alma in game one allowing just one hit with two outs in the seventh inning. He tied a career-high in that contest with 10 strikeouts. In his final start of the regular season, he blanked Calvin for 6.2 innings on May 1 in game one. He allowed just three hits and struck out five. During his four-year career in MIAA games, Schmidt posted a 20-2 record, 2.69 earned run average, 13 complete games, 109 strikeouts and opponents hit just .237 against him. His 20 league wins ties former Bulldog Ryan Domschot (2008-11) for most in league history.

Dorow is a repeat First Team All-MIAA selection and finished second in the voting for Most Valuable Position Player after winning that award as a freshman. Dorow had another fantastic season at the plate for the Bulldogs batting .404 (36-for-89) in league games with 29 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and four home runs. He drove in 22 runs and sported a .697 slugging percentage and .486 on-base percentage. Dorow ranked second in runs and home runs, fourth in hits and doubles, fifth in batting average and sixth in RBI's. He registered 127 chances at shortstop and recorded 48 putouts and 70 assists (fourth in the MIAA). Dorow is hitting .398 in his two years in the conference with 21 doubles, three triples and eight home runs.

Gertley is a first-timer on the postseason awards list and showed vast improvement during his junior season at Adrian. He batted .326 (28-for-86) during conference play with 20 runs, eight doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI's. Gertley ranked second in RBI's, fourth in home runs, seventh in slugging percentage (.581) and eighth in total bases (50).

Frayer emerged as a solid starter in his first full season in the rotation. He formed a formidable top-end of the rotation with Schmidt and finished 5-0 with a 1.97 earned run average and 25 strikeouts. Frayer led the MIAA in ERA and was second in wins and fifth in innings (45.2).

Drzewiecki bolstered the lineup hitting fifth for most of the season. He had just two plate appearances during his freshman season, but burst onto the scene this year. Drzewiecki batted .440 (33-for-75) during MIAA action to rank third in the league. He scored 15 runs and finished seventh in hits. Drzewiecki was fourth in slugging percentage (.667) and seventh in on-base percentage (.458) while driving in 20 runs. He finished with eight doubles and three home runs and also had three sacrifice flies ranking sixth in the conference.

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