Toledo Baseball Head Coach Cory Mee has been named 2010 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, and six Rockets have earned spots on the all-conference squad, the league office announced Tuesday evening.
Voting for the awards was done by the conference’s 12 head coaches.In his seventh campaign as UT’s skipper, Mee has led the Rockets to one of their best seasons in school history this year. As of May 25, Toledo has registered its first 30-win season since 1999, and the Midnight Blue and Gold’s 33 wins are tied for third most in school history, one behind the 1977 squad’s 34 victories. The Rockets’ 19-8 (.704) MAC record this season is the program’s best conference mark since posting a 23-9 (.719) ledger in the 1999 campaign, and UT’s 19 MAC wins are the second most league wins in school history.
Individually, sophomore third baseman Joe Corfman and sophomore designated hitter Matt Delewski each earned first-team All-MAC honors, while junior center fielder/shortstop Jared Hoying, junior center fielder/shortstop Chris Dudics, junior pitcher Matt Suschak and freshman pitcher Mike Hamann received second-team All-MAC accolades.
The six all-conference players for UT match the 1984 squad for the most all-league selections for the Rockets in school history.
“The recognition that our program received tonight was quite an honor and is a tribute to the great coaching staff and success that we’ve enjoyed as a team,” Mee said. “I’m very appreciative of all the hard work that the players have put forth this season, and it’s nice to see so many of our players recognized for their achievements.”
Corfman ranks second in the MAC with a squad-best 64 runs scored and is also tied for fourth with 57 RBI, tied for sixth with 83 hits, seventh with a .382 batting average and tied for eighth with 19 doubles. On UT’s season list, Corfman is second in runs scored, tied for second in doubles, third in RBI and fourth in hits (83).
Delewski ranks sixth in the conference with a .383 batting average and has 30 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs and 32 RBI. He has come on strong over the last month, batting .422 (38 for 90) with 18 runs scored and 23 RBI over his last 25 games (April 10 through May 22)
Dudics currently sports a MAC-record 37-game hit streak (third longest active streak in NCAA) and possesses a team-high .390 batting average with 54 runs scored, 16 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 33 RBI and squad-best 14 stolen bases. This season, he ranks first in hits (94) and tied for sixth in doubles (16) in UT’s single-season record book, and he is second in career batting average (.374). Dudics ranks second in the MAC in hits (94) and fifth in batting average.
A 24th-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2009 draft, Hamann sports a 6-3 record with a 4.12 ERA and has accumulated a team-high 74.1 innings of work. He is tied for fourth in the MAC in wins, seventh in ERA, eighth in opponent batting average (.269, 76 for 283) and tied for ninth in games started.
Hoying is tied for the team lead with 14 homers and also has 52 RBI to go along with a .303 batting average, 49 runs scored, 18 doubles and a team-high four triples. He is tied for fifth in the MAC in triples and home runs, sixth in total bases (129) and 10th in slugging percentage (.601). Hoying is the Rockets’ career leader in home runs (34) and is also third in RBI (136), tied for third in doubles (46) and tied for fourth in total bases (337).
Suschak has appeared in a team-high 20 games, making five starts and was moved from the bullpen into the Rockets’ starting rotation in mid-April. He possesses a 4-1 record with a 4.12 ERA and three saves has a team-best 54 punch-outs in 54.2 innings. Suschak leads the MAC with a .205 opponent batting average (42 for 205) and ranks sixth in ERA.