HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Mid-Central Conference (MCC) has announced it baseball postseason awards for the 2012 spring season and for the third consecutive year senior Eric Schultz was among the list of honorees.
The Palo, Iowa native (John F. Kennedy HS) landed a spot as the All-Conference utility player for the second straight year. Schultz, one of the most dangerous hitters in the nation, is currently hitting .432 to rank him 14th in the NAIA and second only to Spring Arbor’s Mark Weist in conference play. He leads the MCC in doubles with 18 and is among the top three in six other offensive categories.
So far this season Schutz has accumulated 64 hits which includes 23 for extra bases, 42 runs, 37 RBI and 25 walks (to just 11 strikeouts). He has swiped 18 bases and only been caught three times for a 85.7 percent success rate. His name litters the HU history books as he currently holds over 10 records and is closing in on several others.
Schultz was also honored on the Gold Glove Team for his defense as HU’s shortstop. He has committed eight errors in 24 games at the game’s most dynamic defensive position.
Joining him on the All-Conference Team is teammate Brian Kirschbaum (Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Christian HS). With two years of solid experience under his belt, the right-handed reliever has doubled his production as a junior to become one of the conference’s most formidable pitchers.
He has compiled an impressive .31 ERA on the season and even more astounding, has given up only one run in 29.1 innings in the circle. He has earned a league high nine saves to go along with three wins. He currently holds the Forester record for most appearances in a single season (22) and career (56).
For the second straight year, junior Adam Christner and sophomore Blake Ayers earned a spot on the Gold Glove Team for their defensive prowess.
Christner, a Topeka, Indiana product (Westview HS) is currently carrying a .984 fielding percentage as the Foresters’ centerfielder.
Ayers (Frankfort, Ind., Frankfort HS) boasts a .981 fielding percentage to repeat as the MCC’s top second baseman.
Also among the list of Golden Glovers is junior right fielder Jordan Klopfenstein. The Pettisville, Ohio native (Pettisville HS) is riding a .970 fielding percentage.
For a complete list of 2012 MCC baseball awards, click here