A trio of Rockets has been selected to the 2012 Preseason All-Buckeye State Baseball Team.Junior right-handed pitcher Mike Hamann has been named to the first team, while senior outfielder Ben Hammer and senior third baseman Joe Corfman have been chosen to the second team.
A 2010 second-team all-league selection, Hamann started nine games last spring before suffering a season-ending arm injury. The Rockets’ ace sported a 2-3 record with a 1.96 ERA, surrendering 13 runs (all earned) on 47 hits with 51 strikeouts in 59.2 innings of work. The third-year hurler ranked second in the Mid-American Conference in opponent batting average (.213, 47 for 221) and ERA, sixth in strikeouts per start (7.69), and seventh in innings pitched per start (6.63).
A 2011 second-team All-MAC honoree and 2012 College Sports Madness Preseason All-MAC selection, 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 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Mideast Region first-team honoree, Corfman batted .266 with 27 runs scored, seven two-base hits, one home run, 22 RBI and a team-high 13 thefts in 48 contests last spring. He hit safely in 32 games, including 14 multi-hit and four multi-RBI efforts.
The Rockets begin full team practice Friday, Jan. 27, and open their regular season Friday, Feb. 17, at Western Kentucky.