Rockets baseball lands five on Academic All-MAC Team

July 5, 2013 | News, UToday, — Education, Health Science and Human Service, Business and Innovation, Engineering, Medicine and Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
By Steve Easton

A conference-best five members of The University of Toledo baseball team have been selected as Academic All-Mid-American Conference.

Outfielder Ben Hammer also earned a spot on the second team of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Outfielder Ben Hammer also earned a spot on the second team of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Senior Matt Delewski, junior Tyler Grogg, senior Ben Hammer, sophomore Andrew Marra and junior James Miglin were chosen to represent the Rockets on the 18-player list honoring the athletes’ achievements both on the field as well as in the classroom.

The Academic All-MAC honor, voted on by the faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions, is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

A member of the Capital One Academic All-District IV Baseball Team with a 3.41 GPA in exercise science, Delewski batted .324 (79 for 244) with 31 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple and 45 RBI. The only Rocket to start all 58 games this spring, Delewski reached base in a team-high 51 contests and hit safely in a squad-best 45 games, including 22 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI efforts. The two-time all-league selection ranked second in the MAC in hits (79) and fifth in RBI. He also finished first on the squad in hits, second in total bases (90), runs scored, RBI, multi-hit games and multi-hit contests, fourth in batting average, and tied for fourth in two-base hits.

Grogg possesses a 3.38 GPA in electrical engineering technology and hit a team-high .357 (74 for 207) with a squad-best 62 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 20 RBI and a school-record 36 stolen bases. He also led the MAC in runs scored (21st nationally; sixth in runs per game, 1.17) and thefts (sixth nationally; sixth in steals per game, 0.68), as well as ranking second in batting average and on-base percentage (.441) and fourth in hits. He also finished first on the team in batting average, runs scored, thefts and on-base percentage (.444), and second in hits, walks (21) and hit by pitches (13).

The third member of the Rocket baseball program to ever garner Academic All-America status with a 3.90 GPA in exercise science, Hammer batted .333 (65 for 195) with 28 runs scored, 12 doubles, a squad-best four home runs and a team-high 48 RBI this spring. The 2013 first-team All-MAC recipient reached base in 44 of 52 contests, tied for the third-highest total on the squad. He ranked second in the MAC in RBI, seventh in batting average, and ninth in slugging percentage (.467).

Marra holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in pre-medical studies and posted an impressive 1.86 ERA in his final five relief appearances (9.2 IP) of the season. Overall in 2013, Marra sported a 0-2 record with a 7.99 ERA and a team-high three saves in 16 relief appearances. He accumulated 23.2 innings of work, surrendering 22 runs (21 earned) on 42 hits and 17 strikeouts.

An exercise science major with a 3.89 GPA, Miglin started 52 games (51 at catcher, one at designated hitter) this spring, batting.277 (56 for 202) with 21 runs scored, a team-high 14 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI. He also hit safely in 36 contests, including 13 multi-hit and five multi-RBI efforts. Defensively, the two-time Academic All-District selection threw out 24 of 68 (.353) potential base stealers.

Four Rockets also were named to the Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention list: Nate Langhals, a business major with a 3.40 GPA; Jacob North, a pharmaceutical sciences student with a 3.48 GPA; Alec Schmenk, a construction engineering technology student with a 3.48 GPA; and Ryan Wilkinson, a civil engineering major with a 3.74 GPA


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