Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State’s Hilliard earns All-MVC baseball honors

Wichita State junior outfielder Sam Hilliard represents the Shockers on the All-Missouri Valley Conference baseball team.

Hilliard, from Mansfield, Texas, leads WSU with a .337 batting average, 47 RBI and four triples. His seven home runs and 14 doubles rank second on the team. He made 10 starts as a pitcher and is 1-3 with a 6.09 ERA.

In 21 MVC games, Hilliard hit .366 with five home runs and seven doubles.

First baseman Ryan Tinkham and outfielder Daniel Kihle were named to the second team. Shortstop Trey Vickers, reliever John Hayes and catcher Gunnar Troutwine received honorable mention.

Tinkham, a junior, leads WSU with nine home runs, 18 doubles, a .444 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage. He is hitting .330 with 40 RBI. Kihle, a junior, is hitting .305 with 18 steals and four home runs. He hit. 349 in 21 MVC games with three home runs.

Vickers, a freshman, hit .302 in MVC games and .262 for the season. Troutwine, also a freshman, drove in 14 runs in 18 MVC games and hit .271 with three home runs. He is hitting .278 for the season. Hayes has a 2.91 ERA with three saves and a 6-2 record. In nine MVC appearances, he is 3-2 with a 1.71 ERA and two saves.

Evansville centerfielder Kevin Kaczmarski, the nation’s leader with a .478 batting average, is the Joe Carter Player of the Year. Missouri State pitcher Jon Harris was named Pitcher of the Year. Illinois State pitcher Jacob Hendren was named Newcomer of the Year and Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger Freshman of the Year. Missouri State shortstop Joey Hawkins earned Defensive Player of the Year.

Missouri State coach Keith Guttin won his fifth MVC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Bears to an 18-3 conference record, the program’s best.

All-MVC

First team

1B — Mason Snyder, Illinois State

2B — Drew Turbin, Dallas Baptist

3B — Jake Burger, Missouri State

SS — Camden Duzenack, Dallas Baptist

C — Daniel Salters, Dallas Baptist

UT — Paul DeJong, Illinois State

DH — Daniel Sweet, Dallas Baptist

OF — Sam Hilliard, Wichita State

OF — Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville

OF — Tate Matheny, Missouri State

SP — Matt Hall, Missouri State

SP — Jon Harris, Missouri State

SP — Jacob Hendren, Illinois State

RP — Brandon Koch,

RP — Bryan Young, Missouri State

Joe Carter Player of the Year — Kaczmarski

Pitcher of the Year — Harris

Newcomer of the Year — Hendren

Freshman of the Year — Burger

Defensive Player of the Year — Joey Hawkins, SS, Missouri State

Dan Callahan Coach of the Year — Keith Guttin, Missouri State

Second team

1B — Justin Paulsen, Missouri State

1B — Ryan Tinkham, Wichita State

2B — Joe Kelch, Illinois State

3B — Spencer Gaa, Bradley

SS — Joey Hawkins, Missouri State

C — Drew Carlile, Bradley

OF —Tagg Duce, Dallas Baptist

OF — Justin Wall, Dallas Baptist

OF — Daniel Kihle, Wichita State

OF — Isaac Smith, Bradley

SP — Elliot Ashbeck, Bradley

SP — Jeff Degano, Indiana State

SP — Aaron Hauge, Southern Illinois

RP —Chance Adams, Dallas Baptist

RP — Matt Dennis, Bradley

Honorable mention

Paul Solka, 1B, Bradley; Dylan Becker, 2B, Missouri State; Chris Godinez, 2B, Bradley; Andy Young, 3B, Indiana State; Trey Vickers, SS, Wichita State; Gunnar Troutwine, C, Wichita State; Steve Adkins, SP, Bradley; Brodie Harkness, SP, Evansville; John Hayes, RP, Wichita State; Sean Stutzman, RP, Dallas Baptist

All-Defensive

Chane Lynch, 1B, Dallas Baptist; Drew Turbin, 2B, Dallas Baptist; Nash Knight, 3B, Dallas Baptist; Joey Hawkins, SS, Missouri State; Daniel Salters, C, Dallas Baptist; Tagg Duce, OF, Dallas Baptist; Kevin Kaczmarski, OF, Evansville; Tate Matheny, OF, Missouri State, Jacob Hendren, P, Illinois State

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