May 14, 2013

Manchester’s Bryce Murphy Named HCAC Baseball Most Valuable Player

GREENWOOD, IN – Manchester University's Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) has been named the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player in baseball.  The All-HCAC squad is selected by a vote of the ten conference head coaches. The senior outfielder/pitcher guided the Spartans to a 35-5-1 overall record and a second straight HCAC tournament championship.

Murphy hit .394 (43-for-109) in conference play and had 34 runs, 30 RBI, 12 doubles, and three stolen bases.  He had a .505 slugging percentage and a .477 on-base percentage during league play.  On the mound, Murphy posted a 1.38 ERA in league play, going 3-1 with five saves in 39.0 innings of work.

Overall in 2013, Murphy ranks among the conference leaders in batting average (.384), on-base percentage (.478), runs scored (56), hits (66), doubles (17), walks (24), ERA (1.29), opposing batting average (.220), saves (10), and runs allowed (14).

Manchester's Kyle Konarski (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. Konarski, a senior pitcher for the Spartans, finished the HCAC season with a 7-0 record on the mound.  The senior posted an ERA of 1.82 and struck out 40 batters in 49.1 innings of work.

Anderson's Ryan McPike (Avon, Ind./H.S.) has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. McPike, a first baseman for the Ravens, hit .354 (34-for-96) in conference play and had 12 runs, 15 RBI, and four doubles.  Anderson finished second in the league standings with a 15-10 mark in HCAC action.

The HCAC has also awarded the 2013 Coach of the Year award to Manchester Head Coach Rick Espeset and Defiance Head Coach Derek Woodley. Espeset guided the Spartans to a 35-5-1 record, a regular season crown, and a second straight HCAC tournament title.  It is the fifth HCAC Coach of the Year honor for Espeset at Manchester.  Woodley, in his sixth season as the skipper for the Jackets, led DC to a fourth place finish after being picked to finish last in the preseason coaches' poll.  Defiance finished the season 20-16 overall and 13-11 in league play.

Murphy, Konarski, and McPike  join 21 other players on the All-HCAC First Team. There are also 14 players on the All-HCAC Second Team. The All-HCAC Honorable Mention list includes 32 athletes.

 

Most Valuable Player: Bryce Murphy, Manchester University

Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Konarski, Manchester University

Freshman of the Year: Ryan McPike, Anderson University

Co-Coach of the Year: Derek Woodley, Defiance College & Rick Espeset, Manchester University

All-HCAC First Team

Jesse Wilson

Franklin

Sr.

C

Sam Liggett

Transylvania

Jr.

C

Zach Osowski

Franklin

Sr.

1B

Trevor Kimm

Manchester

So.

2B

Corey Marchant

Manchester

Sr.

SS

Nick Stoia

Franklin

Sr.

SS

Ryan Johns

Hanover

So.

SS

Jordan Nieman

Manchester

Jr.

3B

Bobby Newman

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

3B

Jake Craft

Anderson

So.

OF

Jeremy Shelmadine

Anderson

So.

OF

Kyle Niermann

Bluffton

Sr.

OF

Sam Ward

Earlham

Sr.

OF

Austin Rieke

Manchester

Sr.

OF

Hank Akard

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

OF

Ryan Hayes

Earlham

Jr.

DH

Dan Schmitz

Anderson

Sr.

P

Chris Hoopingarner

Franklin

Jr.

P

Justin Scott

Manchester

Sr.

P

Dylan Padgett

Manchester

Jr.

P

Shelby Dixon

Transylvania

Jr.

P

All-HCAC Second Team

Cole Heberling

Anderson

So.

C

Darrin Waterman

Defiance

Jr.

1B

Brad Murphy

Manchester

Sr.

1B

Austin Young

Anderson

So.

2B

Matt Newman

Hanover

So.

3B

Nick Edwards

Transylvania

So.

3B

Miles Richardson

Bluffton

Sr.

OF

Scott Windler

Franklin

Jr.

OF

Kolton Chapman

Hanover

Jr.

OF

Cody Schell

Manchester

Sr.

OF

Greg Franks

Bluffton

Sr.

DH

Jake Eaton

Anderson

So.

P

Karson Nixon

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

P

Elliot Desilets

Transylvania

Sr.

P

 

Honorable Mention

Anderson: Zack Hufferd (Fr., 3B), Blake Hall (Jr., P), Brian Page (Fr., P), Nolan Schaefer (Jr., P)

Bluffton: Tim Webb (Jr., C), Nate Simonds (So., P), Ben Roeschley (Jr., P), Todd Stover (Jr., P)

Defiance: Alex Schomaeker (Sr., P), Jake Taylor (Sr., P), Aaron Patterson (Sr., P), Andy Habecker (Sr., P), Chris Donese (So., IF), Aaron Helland (Jr., OF), Ryan Kohlhofer (Fr., IF)

Earlham: Ethan Bailey (Fr., OF), Alex Arovits (Jr. 3B)

Franklin: Hayden Cleveland (Fr., P), Seth Powers (So., P), Taylor Glaze (Jr., P), Jameson Brock (So., OF)

Hanover: Kevin Sears (Sr., OF), Mitch Hunnicutt (Jr., P)

Manchester: Kyle Norris (So., DH)

Mount St. Joseph: Chase Stevens (So., P); Spencer Gommel (So., DH)

Rose-Hulman: Jordan Chipka (Sr., OF), Michael Bush (Jr., P)

Transylvania: Zach Bynum (Jr., OF), Jamie King (So., P), Blake Oyler (Fr., OF), Matt Birkenhauer (Fr., P)

 

All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team

Blake Hall

Anderson

Jr.

P

Mark Hadaya

Bluffton

Sr.

P

Ian Burkhart

Defiance

So.

C

Matt Brankle

Earlham

So.

P

Zach Osowski

Franklin

Sr.

1B

Nolan Hall

Hanover

So.

Util.

Brad Murphy

Manchester

Sr.

1B

Derek Allen

Mount St. Joseph

So.

1B

Bobby Newman

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

3B

Hunter Voshell

Transylvania

So.

IF