The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 7, 2014

Hoppe named Northern Sun's top pitcher

Seven teammates also receive conference awards

MANKATO — Eight Minnesota State baseball players were honored Tuesday as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced announced its all-conference teams.

The Mavericks had five first-team all-conference players. Senior Jason Hoppe was named league's pitcher of the year, and Eric Peterson received top freshman honors.

Hoppe was 6-1 record with a 1.57 earned run-average in league play. In 46 innings, he struck out 51 strikeouts and allowed only a .210 opponent batting average with seven extra-base hits. He tied for first in the conference in wins and ranked third in ERA and strikeouts. On the season, he's 10-1 and tied the program's career victories record with 28.

Peterson hit .333 with a .415 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage and a .957 fielding percentage as a redshirt freshman. He added three home runs, three triples, six doubles, 16 RBIs and 33 runs.

Catcher Nolan Johnson was a first-team all-Northern Sun selection and received the Gold Glove award for the second season. Johnson led the team with a .440 batting average, .724 slugging percentage, 17 doubles and 84 total bases. He also had two triples, four home runs, 31 runs and 34 RBI with a .996 fielding percentage.

Stetson Olson, another first-team selection, batted .327 in league action with a .481 on-base percentage and a .704 slugging percentage. The first baseman produced a team-best 10 home runs and 38 RBI with a triple, five doubles and 30 runs.

Shortstop Todd Standish also was a first-team selection with Gold Glove honors, as he hit .349 with five home runs, 11 doubles, 35 RBI and 40 runs. Standish added a .940 fielding percentage.

Junior Max Waletich was the fifth Mavericks' player to collect first-team accolades. He batted .410 with a home run, triple, nine doubles, 26 RBI and 26 runs.

Senior righthander Bryce Bellin was a second team choice, going 4-0 in conference play with a 2.42 ERA and .229 opponent batting average with 38 strikeouts over seven starts and eight appearances.

Senior righthander Taylor Nawrocki, also a second-team selection, was 4-0 in league competition with a 4.50 ERA and .238 opponent batting average. He had 32 strikeouts and allowed only 10 extra-base hits over 32 innings.

Top-seeded Minnesota State (40-7, 28-4 in Northern Sun) opens the conference tournament today at 11 a.m., against eighth-seeded Wayne State. The tournament is being held at Sioux Falls, S.D.

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