ASHLAND, Ohio -- Two Ashland University baseball players were selected to the preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Midwest Region teams.
Sophomore third baseman Tyler Gray (Plain City, Ohio/Jonathan Alder) was named to the region's first team. He played in 49 games in 2011 and hit .335 (55-for-164) with nine doubles and 29 RBI. Gray reached base at a .411 clip and stole four bases.
The writers named senior right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Hilt (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) to the all-region second team. Hilt appeared in 10 games (eight starts) and went 5-5 with a 2.33 ERA and five complete games. He struck out 45 batters in 54 innings and allowed just six extra-base hits all season.
The Eagles, who were 30-21 last season and reached the GLIAC Tournament, were picked seventh in the Midwest Region. Grand Valley State was picked to win the region. Wayne State (sixth) was the only other GLIAC school picked in the top seven.
Head coach John Schaly is in his 24th season as a collegiate head coach and has compiled a 910-469 record.
The Eagles open the season against Minnesota State-Mankato, which was picked second in the Central Region by the NCBWA, at the Russ Matt Invitational in Auburndale, Fla., on March 2.