STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Five UW-Stevens Point baseball players received honors this postseason as Justin Jirschele (Clintonville, WI/Clintonville), Ryan Schilter (West Bend, WI/West), Cam Seidl (Appleton, WI/Fox Valley Lutheran), Sean Gerber (Stoughton, WI/Stoughton) and Dan Douglas (East Troy, WI/East Troy) were named to the 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region Team.
Jirschele and Schilter were named to the First Team, Seidl earned Second Team honors while Gerber and Douglas were Third Team. Jirschele and Douglas were also awarded Midwest Region Gold Glove accolades, given to just one player at each position in the Midwest Region.
Jirschele started all 42 games for the Pointers, all but two at second base. The senior led the team in at bats (176) and hits (61) while ranking second in total bases (84) and third in average (.340) and RBIs (33). On the season, the Clintonville product tallied 31 runs, 15 doubles, five stolen bases, two home runs and one triple. Jirschele also held a team-best 15-game hitting streak and ranked tied for first with 19 multi-hit games. Jirschele, who earned All-WIAC First Team for the third straight season, recorded only five errors on the season for a .974 fielding percentage.
In his first season with the Pointers, Schilter led the team in nearly every offensive category including average (.370), slugging (.531), RBIs (36), doubles (19), total bases (86) and stolen bases (22) and is tied for first in triples (2) and second in hits (60) and runs (39). The junior from West Bend also ranks first in consecutive games reaching base with 30, multiple-RBI games with 12 and tied for first with 19 multi-hit games. He has also started all 42 games at catcher this season. The junior was also named All-WIAC First Team.
Seidl, who was also named WIAC Position or Pitcher of the Year, was the ace of the staff this season and made his first appearance on an All-WIAC squad. The right-hander led the team with a 1.67 ERA in 75.1 innings while recording a 5-3 record with three saves. He has also gone the distance in six of his 10 starts and recorded three shutouts. The Appleton native allowed only 17 runs (14 earned) while striking out a team-high 53 batters and allowing 22 walks.
Gerber, who was also All-WIAC First Team for the second consecutive year, started all 42 games between first and third base. The junior led the team in chances (382), putouts (337), runs (40), double plays (35), walks (22) and home runs (3) while batting .340 with a .463 slugging percentage. The Stoughton native also recorded 40 runs, 33 RBIs, seven doubles and one triple. Gerber was also named to the D3baseball Preseason All-American Team.
Douglas had 41 games at shortstop this season while leading the team in sacrifice bunts (10) and assists (129). On the season, the East Troy product has posted a .310 average and .409 on base percentage while recording 33 runs, 29 RBIs, nine doubles, five stolen bases, one triple and one home run. The junior also earned All-WIAC Honorable Mention accolades after talling 198 catchers, 60 putouts, 129 and turned 29 doubleplays. The junior only recorded nine errors on the season for a .955 fielding percentage.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information