Ziel Named Co-Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-UMAC
ST. PAUL - Martin Luther College senior Jake Ziel was named First Team All-UMAC and Co-Pitcher of the Year in baseball Monday. Seniors Galen Holzhueter and Joe Schmudlach were each named Honorable Mention All-UMAC.
Ziel received the conference's top honor for pitchers after a 5-3 season on the hill with a 2.65 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 51.0 innings. Ziel's 59 strikeouts tied his season total from last season as the second-most in a single season in MLC history.
Ziel also finished at or near the top of many statistical categories in the career records lists. He finished with the most career strikeouts (205) and innings pitched (200.2) of any MLC pitcher, and finished with the second most wins (14) and second lowest career ERA (3.95).
Ziel also helped himself at the plate this season, leading the Knights in batting average (.444), on-base percentage (.444), slugging percentage (.464), runs (24) and hits (37).
Holzhueter was named honorable mention after receiving first team honors in 2013. The four-year starter at first base finished the season with a .274 batting average, a team-best 22 runs batted in, and tied the MLC single-season record for stolen bases with 15. He finished with eight extra base hits (five doubles, two triples and one home run).
Holzhueter also finished his career at the top of several categories in the career record book. He finished with nine career triples and 33 stolen bases, the most in program history in either category. He also finished second in career walks (49) and fourth in career runs batted in (60).
Schmudlach finished his four-year career as the team's starting center fielder by batting .301 with six doubles, 12 runs batted in, and seven stolen bases. He finished his career with 83 hits, 14 doubles, 47 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases.
Joel Hering was named the MLC recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, given to one player on each team who best exemplifies sportsmanship throughout the season.
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