Nine from Baseball named All-OAC; Receives at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

Nine from Baseball named All-OAC; Receives at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

2015 All-OAC Baseball Teams (.pdf)

AUSTINTOWN – Nine student-athletes from the Heidelberg University baseball team have been named All-OAC for the 2015 season. The selections for the Student Princes was headlined by four members of the first team.

Derek Hendrixson, Adam Manner, Derek Hug, and Christian Verde led the way for the Berg on the first team.

Hendrixson has had a historic year up to this point on the mound and leads the nation with a 0.66 ERA. The closer was converted to a starter mid-season and made a seamless transition, throwing a complete-game shutout in his first start of the season. Hendrixson has seven saves on the year while also sporting a 7-0 record with 77 strikeouts in 68 innings thus far. He has walked just six batter on the year while opponents are hitting just .183 against the right-hander. The sophomore was named OAC Pitcher-of-the-Week twice during the regular season.

Adam Manner has also had superb year on the hill for the Berg, also holding a perfect 7-0 record thus far. The senior leads the team with his 71.1 innings pitched on the year and has a 2.40 ERA. He threw a complete game back on May 2nd against Ohio Northern to clinch the OAC regular-season championship for the Student Princes and was named OAC Pitcher-of-the-Week for that performance.

Junior Derek Hug, who was the OAC Player-of-the-Year a season ago, followed that up with another standout year at the plate to this point. He started off the year on fire and was named OAC Hitter-of-the-Week at the conclusion of their Florida trip. Hug leads the OAC with 13 home runs and 21 stolen bases on the year and has heated up again as the postseason began, being named to the OAC All-Tournament team this past weekend.

Christian Verde has had a breakout season as a senior, leading the team with his .401 batting average. After he hit his first career home run in Florida and had a walk-off hit in the same game, Verde has been on a tear offensively. He has six home runs on the season to this point and leads the team with 46 RBI. He was named OAC Hitter-of-the-Week back on April 6th after hitting .750 during that week.

Eric Monroe was the lone second team selection for the Berg. The senior leads the Student Princes with 17 doubles on the season thus far and has a .329 batting average to this point. He has also hit four home runs and one triple while driving in 35 runs in the middle of the order.

Steven Morse, Evan Long, Alex Grove, and Sam Ankrom were all honorable mention selections.

Morse earned his first all-conference selection as a senior after hitting six of his seven career home runs this season. He currently holds a .333 batting average with 33 runs driven in on the year.

Long has been the starting second baseman for the Berg for most of the year and has had plenty of productive games at the plate. He ranks among the top ten in the nation in sacrifice bunts and also has a pair of home runs on the year, including a grand slam against Wittenberg.

Grove earned has had his third-straight season with All-OAC honors as a senior and has driven in 31 runs with a .314 batting average on the year. The catcher remarkably has the most at-bats on the team and was named to the OAC All-tournament team after batting .412 with six runs driven in, including a bases-clearing triple that was almost an inside-the-park grand slam against Marietta.

Freshman Sam Ankrom has stepped in and contributed for Heidelberg in his first season, starting things off quickly in Florida. He picked up a pair of wins on the season-opening trip, including seven shutout innings against Denison on March 16th. He also picked up one save on the season, that coming against Otterbein in a key conference game. For the season, Ankrom is 5-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched.

Heidelberg won the OAC regular season championship and currently has a 31-12 record on the year. They have received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday for the Mideast Regional.