Transylvania’s Trey Simpson Named HCAC Baseball Most Valuable Player

Transylvania’s Trey Simpson Named HCAC Baseball Most Valuable Player

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University's Trey Simpson (Louisville, Ky./Male) has been named the 2016 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 and pitcher guided the Pioneers to a 22-19 overall record this spring.

Simpson hit .415 (44-for-106) in conference play and had 28 runs, 17 RBI, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 18 stolen bases.  He had a .575 slugging percentage and a .492 on-base percentage during league contests. 

Overall in 2016, Simpson led the HCAC in batting average (.383), while also posting a 4-2 record on the mound in 11 appearances.  Simpson had a 5.02 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 52.0 innings of work.

Rose-Hulman's Alec McNally (Geneva, Ill./Wheaton Academy) has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. McNally, a senior pitcher for the Engineers, finished the HCAC season with a 4-0 record on the mound.  The senior posted an ERA of 1.50 and struck out 33 batters in 36.0 innings of work.  Rose-Hulman won the HCAC regular season and tournament title and sits 29-11 on the season.

Earlham College's Walter Talcott (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Talcott, a pitcher for the Quakers, went 7-1 on the mound in conference play, leading the conference in wins (7), complete games (5), innings pitched (65.1), strikeouts (65) and ERA (1.38). Earlham finished the season 29-14 overall.

The HCAC has also awarded the 2016 Coach of the Year award to Transylvania Head Coach Chris Campbell. Campbell guided the Pioneers to a 22-19 record and finished the season second in the conference with a 17-9 league record.  It is the second HCAC Coach of the Year honor for Campbell (2007) at Transylvania. 

Simpson, McNally, and Talcott 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 29 athletes.

 

Most Valuable Player: Trey Simpson, Transylvania University

Pitcher of the Year: Alec McNally, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Freshman of the Year: Walter Talcott, Earlham College

Coach of the Year: Chris Campbell, Transylvania University

All-HCAC First Team

Zach Trusk

Rose-Hulman

Junior

C

Gary Levengood

Defiance

Senior

C

Tailur Szarenski

Manchester

Junior

1B

Caleb Kissel

Rose-Hulman

Senior

2B

Brennan Laird

Earlham

Junior

2B

Kody Alayon

Rose-Hulman

Senior

SS

Sean Knepper

Manchester

Senior

SS

Nick Butcher

Anderson

Sophomore

SS

Brandon Smalling

Earlham

Senior

3B

Patrick Klima

Rose-Hulman

Senior

OF

Jordan Clark

Franklin

Freshman

OF

Matt Barger

Earlham

Junior

OF

Chris Ares

Hanover

Senior

OF

Chad Schultz

Manchester

Junior

OF

Hazen Hamather

Rose-Hulman

Senior

OF

Jared Williams

Transylvania

Sophomore

DH

Jake Eaton

Anderson

Senior

P

Karson Nixon

Rose-Hulman

Senior

P

Howie Smith

Earlham

Junior

P

Alex Wagner

Mount St. Joseph

Freshman

P

Tom Banahan

Transylvania

Junior

P

All-HCAC Second Team

Elliott Ford

Manchester

Senior

C

Eric Elkus

Earlham

Junior

1B

Chase Sizemore

Hanover

Freshman

2B

Kody Ross

Transylvania

Senior

2B

Ryan Kohlhofer

Defiance

Senior

SS

Rex Rogers

Transylvania

Sophomore

3B

Quinten Harrington

Defiance

Junior

OF

Tyler LaFollette

Manchester

Freshman

OF

Hunter Jones

Transylvania

Senior

OF

Ethan Bailey

Earlham

Senior

OF

Zak Farmer

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

DH

Nick Peters

Defiance

Junior

P

Daniel Sutherland

Rose-Hulman

Senior

P

Braden Johnson

Transylvania

Junior

P

 

Honorable Mention

Anderson: Brian Page (Jr., P), John Becker (So., P), Lane Hanzel (Jr., P), Augdan Wilson (Jr., IF)

Bluffton: Luke Hickey (Jr., IF), Jason Colliver (Sr., IF), Travis Clark (Sr., P), Taylor Gambrell (Jr., P/1B)

Defiance: Michael Gilliland (Fr., IF), Zack Reed (Jr., OF)

Earlham: Nate Lynch (Jr., OF), Cody Krumlauf (Jr., C), Bryce Rainey (Sr., P)

Franklin: Christian Sullivan (So., P), Hayden Cleveland (Sr., P), Jacob McMain (Jr., P), Frank Podkul (So., IF)

Hanover: Kellen Otto (Sr., P), Jack Shine (So., IF), Matt Powers (Sr., P)

Manchester: Brandon Eck (So., P), Taylor Kopplin (So., P), Cory Ferguson (Jr., IF)

Mount St. Joseph: Matt Hofmann (Jr., SS/P), Simon Schaefer (Fr., IF)

Rose-Hulman: Drew Schnitz (Jr., IF), Cody Sunderhaus (Jr., P)

Transylvania: Connor Blevins (Jr., Util.), Kameron Schwartz (Sr., OF/P)

All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team

Jacob Morgan

Anderson

Sophomore

C

Jason Colliver

Bluffton

Senior

IF

Alek Menyhart

Defiance

Sophomore

IF

Thomas Rea

Earlham

Senior

IF

Joe Ardizzone

Franklin

Senior

IF

Travis Thompson

Hanover

Senior

IF

Tailur Szarenski

Manchester

Junior

1B

Matt Hofmann

Mount St. Joseph

Junior

SS/P

Koby Close

Rose-Hulman

Junior

C

Will Adams

Transylvania

Sophomore

OF