Three players from the Toledo baseball program have been selected to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team.Senior outfielder Ben Hammer has been named to the first team, senior infielder Mark Lapikas was chosen to the second team, and newcomer infielder/pitcher Dan Zuchowski was picked as the MAC Freshman of the Year.
A 2011 second-team All-MAC honoree, Hammer hit .330 with 26 runs scored, a team-high 10 doubles, one home run, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 54 games last spring. The Wayne, Ohio, native ranked eighth in the conference in on-base percentage (.416) and 10th in batting average. Hammer hit safely in 39 contests, including a team-high 21 multi-hit and a squad-best six multi-RBI efforts.
A 2011 second-team all-league selection, Lapikas batted .288 with 26 runs scored, eight two-base hits, a team-high seven home runs and a squad-best 31 RBI in 44 contests last spring. The Youngstown, Ohio, native ranked seventh in the MAC in round trippers, and he hit safely in 30 games, including 11 multi-hit and five multi-RBI efforts.
A 2011 graduate of Bishop Foley Catholic High School, Zuchowski hit .570 with nine home runs and 20 stolen bases as a senior, leading his team to a 39-3 record and a state championship. He also was credited with the win on the mound in state finals, en route to earning first-team all-league, first-team all-region, first-team all-district and first-team all-state recognition.
The Rockets open their 2012 spring campaign Friday, Feb. 17, at Western Kentucky.
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