Five members of the Wright State baseball team were recognized as the Horizon League announced its postseason honors on Tuesday.
Freshman pitcher Ryan Weiss was selected as the Freshman of the Year and was chosen to the First Team along with junior second baseman Matt Morrow. Junior pitcher Danny Sexton was named to the Second Team along with junior pitcher Derek Hendrixson and freshman third baseman Seth Gray. Both Weiss and Gray were selected to the All-Freshman Team.
Weiss (South Elgin, IL/South Elgin), the reigning Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, leads the league with a 2.09 earned run average and is third in strikeouts (74), fourth in wins (7), fifth in opposing batting average (.232) and seventh in innings pitched (81.2). In league play, he tied for first in strikeouts (53), tied for second in wins (5), third in ERA (2.34), tied for fourth in innings pitched (57.2) and fifth in opposing batting average (.230).
Weiss picked up a save in his collegiate debut at #10 Clemson on February 17 and has earned wins over USC Upstate, Ohio, Valparaiso, Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky twice and UIC. He struck out a season-high 10 in seven shutout innings at Northern Kentucky on April 29 and had eight strikeouts at UIC on May 13.
This is the fourth straight year that a WSU player has earned Freshman of the Year honors (Sean Murphy 2014, Gabe Snyder 2015, Caleb Sampen 2016). The Raiders have now had seven Freshman/Newcomer of the Year honorees in their history (Trent Matthews 2001, Quentin Cate 2009, Corey Davis 2011).
Morrow (Richmond, IN/Richmond) is tied for fourth in the league in walks (34) and ranks fifth in hits (69), sixth in runs scored (45) and on-base percentage (.421), eighth in batting average (.325) and 10th in total bases (99). In league games, he was tied for second in hits (44) and triples (3), tied for third in runs scored (29), fourth in batting average (.367), tied for fourth in doubles (10), tied for fifth in stolen bases (8), sixth in on-base percentage (.427), seventh in total bases (66), tied for seventh in walks (17) and ninth in slugging percentage (.550).
Morrow has posted a team-best 23 multiple-hit games so far this season, including three on four different occasions, and has nine multiple-RBI games, with a high of four at #4 South Carolina on February 26. He also reached base in 23 straight games earlier in the year, which is the second-longest squad on the team in 2017.
Sexton (Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial) led the league in batters struck out looking (27) and is tied for second in wins (8), ranks fifth in earned run average (2.80) and innings pitched (83.2), and sixth in opposing batting average (.237). During league play, he was the leader in batters struck out looking (22) and was tied for second in wins (5), third in innings pitched (60.0), fifth in strikeouts (45) and ninth in opposing batting average (.255).
The Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on February 20 and March 27, Sexton picked up wins over Clemson, South Carolina and Pittsburgh this season along with Valparaiso, Milwaukee, Oakland, Northern Kentucky and UIC during league play. He struck out a season-high nine against Oakland on April 22 and had seven strikeouts at Clemson on February 19.
Hendrixson (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) led the league with nine saves, including five in league play against Milwaukee, Oakland, Youngstown State and two during last week's home series with UIC. He also earned saves versus USC Upstate, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Xavier with two wins coming against Youngstown State and another against Dayton.
Hendrixson struck out five in outings against UT Martin and UIC and recorded three strikeouts on four other occasions.
Gray (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) hit .306 during the regular season as he is third in the league in stolen bases (18), is tied for fourth in triples (4) and ranks seventh in hits (66). In league play, he was tied for second in triples (3) and tied for seventh in stolen bases (7).
The Horizon League Batter of the Week on April 17, Gray has recorded 21 multiple-hit games, including four hits against Xavier and UT Martin, and seven multiple-RBI games, including four at #10 Clemson, so far this season and tied with Morrow for the longest hitting streak on the team with 13.
Wright State (36-19, 21-9 Horizon) is the #2 seed for this week's Horizon League Tournament, which will take place at Granderson Stadium on the UIC campus. The Raiders will face the highest remaining seed after Wednesday's first-round games--either #3 Northern Kentucky, #4 Valparaiso or #5 Oakland--at 4:00 Eastern on Thursday, May 25. The tournament continues through Saturday, May 27, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The following is the 2017 baseball All-Horizon League teams:
FIRST TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE
|Trey Ganns||Northern Kentucky||Jr.||1B|
|Matt Morrow||Wright State||Jr.||2B|
|T.J. Alas||Northern Kentucky||Sr.||OF|
|Jake Richmond||Northern Kentucky||Jr.||OF|
|Chad Roberts||Northern Kentucky||Jr.||DH|
SECOND TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE
|Danny Sexton||Wright State||Jr.||SP|
|Derek Hendrixson||Wright State||Jr.||RP|
|Seth Gray||Wright State||Fr.||3B|
HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
|Seth Gray||Wright State||3B|
|Lou Cardona||Youngstown State||C|
Player of the Year: Rob Calabrese, Jr., C, UIC
Pitcher of the Year: Jake Dahlberg, Sr., RHP, UIC
Relief Pitcher of the Year: Alex Padilla, So., RHP, UIC
Freshman of the Year: Ryan Weiss, RHP, Wright State
Coach of the Year: Mike Dee, UIC