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Zimmerman and Lovick Earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Accolades

Mark Zimmerman and Evan Lovick
Mark Zimmerman and Evan Lovick

Complete ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Region Teams

– Baldwin Wallace University senior standout pitcher and shortstop Mark Zimmerman (Akron/ Green) and sophomore left-handed pitcher Evan Lovick (Mentor) have earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III All-Mideast Region honors. 

Zimmerman, who was the Ohio Athletic Conference and Mideast Region Player of the Year, has been named the ABCA/Rawlings Mideast Position Player of the Year and to the first-team All-Mideast Region as an utility player. He has been named All-Mideast Region for the third straight season and the second straight first-team selection for both ABCA/Rawlings and Zimmerman became just the third OAC and first-ever BW baseball player to earn first-team All-OAC honors for four straight year.

This season, he led the team both at the plate as its top hitter and on the mound as its staff ace. He batted .368 (60-for-163) with team-highs of 60 base hits, 15 doubles, 30 walks, a perfect 17-for-17 in stolen bases, a 472 on-base average and a .540 slugging average. Zimmerman also was second with 40 runs scored and three home runs and tied for the most triples with two and tied for second with 33 runs batted-in (RBI).  On the mound, he started a single-season school-record 12 games, had a 7-4 record with a 2.50 earned run average (ERA), two complete games and a pair of shutouts (one individual and one combined) and struck out a single-season school-record-tying 91 batters and walked just 15 in 75 and two-third innings pitched. That is 10.82 strikeouts and just 1.78 walks per nine innings pitched.

For his career, Zimmerman played in 171 games and had a .368 batting average with a school-record 242 hits in 662 at-bats with 157 runs scored, 52 doubles, 11 triples, 11 homers, 142 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 45 attempts.

Lovick, a two-time All-OAC selection, was selected to the second-team ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region as a pitcher.  He earned first-team All-OAC honors this spring and was a honorable mention selection as a freshman. 

This season, Lovick compiled a 3-1 record with two saves and an outstanding 1.58 ERA despite missing a majority of the season with an injury. Overall, he made 16 appearances, including six starts with one complete game and one shutout. Lovick allowed 51 hits and 18 runs (nine earned) in 51 and one-third innings pitched with 26 strikeouts. Opposing hitters batted just .256 against him.

In two seasons, Lovick has made 26 appearances, including 13 starts. He has an overall record of 8-2 with two saves and a 2.57 ERA.  Lovick has struck out 54 opposing hitters in 94.2 innings of work.

The Yellow Jackets compiled a 23-20 overall and 13-5 OAC record this season, tied for second place during the OAC regular season and advanced to the 2016 OAC Championship Game. Zimmerman and the BW senior class of 2016 graduates with a 111-65 record, three OAC Tournament appearances, including advancing to the OAC Championship Game twice, two NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances, including winning one Regional title (Mid-Atlantioc Region inn 2014) and one NCAA Division III College World Series appearance (2014).