Kaczmarski Named Joe Carter Player of the Year

Kaczmarski Named Joe Carter Player of the Year

📅22 May 2015, 11:06

Kaz Player of Year

 

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Evansville outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski and Missouri State ace Jon Harris highlight the 2015 MVC all-conference baseball teams, being tabbed Joe Carter Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Missouri State’s Keith Guttin has been named the league’s Dan Callahan Coach of the Year, after leading the Bears to their fourth regular-season title in program history and the top seed in this week’s MVC Baseball Championship. Kaczmarski is Evansville’s first-ever Player of the Year, while Hall is the sixth Bear to be named Pitcher of the Year. Illinois State left-hander Jacob Hendren was named Newcomer of the Year and Bears’ rookie third baseman earned Freshman of the Year honors. Missouri State shortstop Joey Hawkins was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Kaczmarski, a senior outfielder from Cary, Ill., leads the nation in batting average (.478), on-base percentage (.554) and triples (nine). His 28 multi-hit games and 16 multi-RBI games are both tops in the MVC, and he also leads the league in hits (85), RBI (55), slugging percentage (.753), total bases (134) and has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Kaczmarski has reached base safely in all but four games this season and also had a league-high 22-game hitting streak earlier this season. Kaczmarski is the first-ever Purple Ace to earn the Valley’s Joe Carter Player of the Year honor.

Harris, a product of Florissant, Mo., owns a league-best 2.08 ERA among starting pitchers and has registered a 6-1 record in 12 appearances. His 99 strikeouts rank third in the Valley, and he has fanned double-digit batters in five of his 12 starts, including four against MVC opponents. His .198 opponent batting average leads the league, as Harris has allowed just 22 runs in 82.1 innings pitched. The junior right-hander has allowed three or fewer runs in all but one game this season, while also registering one complete game. Harris is the sixth Bear to win the Valley’s Pitcher of the Year honor, joining Rob Garola (1997), Brad Ziegler (2003), Tim Clubb (2008), Buddy Baumann (2009) and Nick Petree (2012).

Hendren, a Le Roy, Ill., native, and a Heartland Community College transfer, made an immediate impact on the mound for the Redbirds this season. In 14 appearances, he owns a 2.84 ERA with 92 strikeouts, tallying a 10-2 record and allowing just 32 runs in 98.1 innings of work. His 10 wins are tied for the most in the Valley and also match a Redbird single-season record. Hendren has recorded a league-best three complete games and has tallied double-digit strikeouts twice this season. Hendren is the first-ever Redbird to earn the Valley’s Newcomer of the Year honor.

Burger, a third baseman who hails from Chesterfield, Mo., has been sensational in his Missouri State debut, ranking in the Valley’s top-10 in nearly every offensive category. He leads all freshmen in hits (68, T-4th in MVC), total bases (103, 6th in MVC), RBI (40, T-7th in MVC), batting average (.335, 8th in MVC), doubles (20, 1st in MVC) and triples (3, T-7th in MVC). His 22 multi-hit games are the third most in the league and his 10 multi-RBI games rank first among all league rookies. Burger has reached base safely in all but five games this season and becomes the eighth Missouri State player to earn the league’s Freshman of the Year honor.

Hawkins, a product of Whitby, Ontario, earns the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award. With incredible range in the field, Hawkins owns a .978 fielding percentage with 57 putouts and a league-high 167 assists. He also ranks seventh in the league in fielding double plays (29). Hawkins is the first Bear to earn the league’s Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Guttin, now in his 33rd season as head coach of the Missouri State baseball squad, led the Bears to their fourth regular-season Missouri Valley Conference title in school history. The Bears 18-3 MVC record is the best in program history since the league started the eight-team, three-game series format, while the 41 total wins are tied for Guttin’s fourth-highest win total since coming to Missouri State.

Guttin picked up his 1,100th career victory this season against UALR (March 17), and ranks 32nd all-time among NCAA Division I coaches in total wins. With a career record of 1,130-716 (.612), Guttin currently ranks 13th amongst active coaches on the NCAA’s all-time wins list.

Guttin earns his fifth Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honor, winning previously in 1993, 2001, 2003 and 2008. Only Wichita State former skipper Gene Stephenson (11) has more Valley Coach of the Year honors than Guttin.

Regular-season champion and top-seeded Missouri State, as well as second-place Dallas Baptist, each placed a league-high five players on the all-conference first team. The Bears first-team selections included Jake Burger (3B), Tate Matheny (OF), Matt Hall (SP), Jon Harris (SP) and Bryan Young (RP), while the Patriots first-team honorees were Drew Turbin (2B), Camden Duzenack (SS), Daniel Salters (C), Daniel Sweet (DH) and Brandon Koch (RP). Illinois State had three first-team selections in Mason Snyder (1B), Paul DeJong (UT) and Jacob Hendren (SP), while Evansville’s Kevin Kaczmarski (OF) and Wichita State’s Sam Hilliard (OF) round out the list of first-team accolades.

Featured on the second team are five Braves, including Spencer Gaa (3B), Drew Carlile (C), Isaac Smith (OF), Elliot Ashbeck (SP) and Matt Dennis (RP), and four Patriots, in Tagg Duce (OF), Justin Wall (OF), Joseph Shaw (SP) and Chance Adams (RP). Two Bears, including Justin Paulsen (1B) and Joey Hawkins (SS) and two Shockers, in Ryan Tinkham (1B) and Daniel Kihle (OF) are also featured on the second team. Illinois State’s Joe Kelch, Indiana State’s Jeff Degano and Southern Illinois’ Aaron Hauge round out the members of the 2015 second team.

An additional 10 players were honored as part of the honorable mention all-conference team, as student-athletes must receive at least two votes to be named as honorable mention.

A nine-member all-defensive team was also named for the fourth-straight season.

All-conference honors and specialty awards are voted on by the league’s eight head baseball coaches.

First Team All-Conference

Yr.

Pos.

Hometown (Previous School)

Mason Snyder, Illinois State

Sr.

1B

Ottawa, Ill. (Ottawa Marquette/Louisville/Heartland CC)

Drew Turbin, Dallas Baptist

Sr.

2B

Hayden, Idaho (Coeur d’Alene/Yavapai College)

Jake Burger, Missouri State

Fr.

3B

Chesterfield, Mo. (CBC)

Camden Duzenack, Dallas Baptist

So.

SS

Melissa, Texas (Melissa)

Daniel Salters, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

C

Eufaula, Okla. (Eufaula/Eastern Oklahoma State)

Paul DeJong, Illinois State*

Jr.

UT

Antioch, Ill. (Antioch Community)

Daniel Sweet, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

DH

Brandon, Miss. (Northwest Rankin/Polk State College)

Sam Hilliard, Wichita State

Jr.

OF

Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield/Navarro/Crowder)

Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville*$^

Sr.

OF

Cary, Ill. (Prairie Ridge)

Tate Matheny, Missouri State*#

Jr.

OF

St. Louis, Mo. (Westminster Christian Academy)

Matt Hall, Missouri State

Jr.

SP

Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)

Jon Harris, Missouri State

Jr.

SP

Florissant, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)

Jacob Hendren, Illinois State

Jr.

SP

Le Roy, Ill. (University/Heartland CC)

Brandon Koch, Dallas Baptist*

Jr.

RP

Plano, Texas (Grapevine)

Bryan Young, Missouri State

So.

RP

Kansas City, Mo. (Staley)

*2014 First Team; %2014 Second Team; $2013 First Team; #2013 Second Team; ^2012 Second Team

Second Team All-Conference

Yr.

Pos.

Hometown (Previous School)

Justin Paulsen, Missouri State

So.

1B

Ballwin, Mo. (CBC/Jefferson College)

Ryan Tinkham, Wichita State

Jr.

1B

Simi Valley, Calif. (Royal/Oxnard CC)

Joe Kelch, Illinois State

Jr.

2B

East Peoria, Ill. (East Peoria Community)

Spencer Gaa, Bradley+

So.

3B

Metamora, Ill. (Metamora)

Joey Hawkins, Missouri State

Sr.

SS

Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair Secondary School)

Drew Carlile, Bradley

Sr.

C

Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre)

Tagg Duce, Dallas Baptist

Sr.

OF

Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena/Cochise College)

Daniel Kihle, Wichita State%

Jr.

OF

Goddard, Kan. (Andale)

Isaac Smith, Bradley

Sr.

OF

Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central)

Justin Wall, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

OF

Forth Worth, Texas (Nolan Catholic)

Elliot Ashbeck, Bradley

Jr.

SP

Marshfield, Wis. (Marshfield)

Jeff Degano, Indiana State

Jr.

SP

Surrey, B.C. (Fraser Heights/Marshalltown CC)

Aaron Hauge, Southern Illinois

Sr.

SP

Homewood, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor/Heartland CC)

Joseph Shaw, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

SP

Ennis, Texas (Ennis)

Chance Adams, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

RP

Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral/Yavapai College)

Matt Dennis, Bradley

So.

RP

Arlington Heights, Ill. (Rolling Meadows)

%2014 Second Team; +2014 Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention All-Conference

Yr.

Pos.

Hometown (Previous School)

Paul Solka, Bradley

Jr.

1B

Des Plaines, Ill. (Maine West)

Dylan Becker, Missouri State

Sr.

2B

Leawood, Kan. (Shawnee Mission East)

Chris Godinez, Bradley^

Jr.

2B

Lake Bluff, Ill. (Lake Forest)

Andy Young, Indiana State

Jr.

3B

Fargo, N.D. (West Fargo/Neosho County CC)

Trey Vickers, Wichita State

Fr.

SS

Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Rockhurst)

Gunnar Troutwine, Wichita State

Fr.

C

Fairway, Kan. (Shawnee Mission East)

Steve Adkins, Bradley

Jr.

SP

Elmhurst, Ill. (York)

Brodie Harkness, Evansville

Fr.

SP

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (St. Stephen’s)

John Hayes, Wichita State

Jr.

RP

Pottsboro, Texas (Pottsboro/Galveston/Murray State)

Sean Stutzman, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

RP

Rolling Meadows, Il. (Fremd/Des Moines Area CC)

^2012 Second Team

All-Defensive Team

Yr.

Pos.

Hometown (Previous School)

Chane Lynch, Dallas Baptist

Sr.

1B

Crawford, Texas (Crawford/Hill College)

Drew Turbin, Dallas Baptist

Sr.

2B

Hayden, Idaho (Coeur d’Alene/Yavapai)

Nash Knight, Dallas Baptist*

Sr.

3B

Denton, Texas (Denton Ryan)

Joey Hawkins, Missouri State

Sr.

SS

Whitby, Ontario (Sinclair Secondary School)

Daniel Salters, Dallas Baptist

Jr.

C

Eufaula, Okla. (Eufaula/Eastern Oklahoma State)

Tagg Duce, Dallas Baptist

Sr.

OF

Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena/Cochise College)

Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville*

Sr.

OF

Cary, Ill. (Prairie Ridge)

Tate Matheny, Missouri State*

Jr.

OF

St. Louis, Mo. (Westminster Christian Academy)

Jacob Hendren, Illinois State

Jr.

P

Le Roy, Ill. (University/Heartland CC)

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