Rio junior Shane Spies, who led the team with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs, was named to the All-MSC First Team.
Fri, May. 4, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Seven University of Rio Grande baseball players have been honored by the Mid-South Conference for their performance on the field and in the classroom.
Junior outfielder Shane Spies (Polk, OH) was named to the All-MSC First Team, while senior pitcher Ryan Chapman (Racine, OH) earned Second Team All-MSC kudos.
Chapman was also among four Rio players named to the Academic All-MSC Team, joining fellow senior Jacob Cooke (South Charleston, OH), junior Phillipe Dumont (Columbus, OH) and sophomore Dylan Perego (Waterdown, Ontario, Canada).
The RedStorm's list of honorees also included freshmen Kyle Findley (Cincinnati, OH) and Luke Taylor (Pedro, OH), both of whom were named to the league's Gold Glove team. Spies batted .319 with a team-high 12 home runs, 21 doubles and 50 runs batted in. His home run and RBI totals also led the MSC during the regular season, while his 21 doubles ranked seventh in the country.
Spies also had a team-best .627 slugging percentage.
Chapman posted a 3-2 record with a 3.64 earned run average and a team-high seven saves for head coach Brad Warnimont's club. The seven saves tied for third among the MSC leaders.
In 18 appearances, including five starts, the right-hander allowed 32 hits and 15 runs - 12 of which were earned - in 29-2/3 innings, while walking 12 and striking out 22.
Chapman, an education major, carries a 3.56 grade point average.
Cooke, an accounting/business management major, had a 3.32 GPA in the classroom. On the field, he appeared in 49 games - 26 of which were starts - and batted .310 with four doubles, 22 runs scored and 12 RBIs, while also going 6-for-7 in stolen base attempts.
Dumont, who is majoring in business management, carries a 3.36 GPA. Used primarily as a pinch-runner, he went 1-for-3 at the plate (.333) with nine runs scored. He was also 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
Perego, also an education major, was the owner of a team-best 3.59 grade point average. In 13 appearances on the mound, all but of one of which were in relief, the right-hander posted a 1.0 record and 3.04 ERA.
In 26-2/3 innings of work, Perego allowed 24 hits and 13 runs - nine earned - with eight walks and 16 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .240 against him.
Findley and Taylor earned their recognition by having the top fielding percentage at their respective positions.
Findley, a first baseman, had a .989 fielding percentage, committing just four errors in 372 total chances. He appeared in 52 games, including 44 starts, and batted .278 with two home runs, 10 doubles and 20 RBIs.
Taylor, a center fielder, had a .986 fielding percentage, committing only two errors in the 140 chances. He started in 54 of the 56 games in which he played, batting .255 with one home run and 24 RBIs, while also stealing 19 bases in 24 attempts.