Complete All-OAC Baseball Team (.pdf)
BEREA, Ohio – Baldwin Wallace University senior standout pitcher and shortstop Mark Zimmerman (Akron/ Green) is the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and a first-team All-OAC selection for the fourth straight season. He is joined on the All-OAC squad by four Yellow Jacket teammates, including two other first-team picks.
Zimmerman was both the most valuable and most versatile player in the OAC. He also is just the third OAC and first-ever BW baseball player to earn first-team All-OAC honors for four straight year. Joining Zimmerman on the first-team for the third straight year is senior first baseman/ designated hitter and former high school teammate Hunter Handel (Akron/ Green) as well as sophomore left-handed pitcher Evan Lovick (Mentor), who was an honorable mention All-OAC choice as a freshman. Named to the second-team is senior right-handed pitcher Alex Albright (North Royalton) and named to the honorable mention squad is junior second baseman Cole Nieto (Brunswick/ Cleveland St. Ignatius). Nieto was a second-team All-OAC pick last season.
Zimmerman 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. He 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. Thast 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.
Handel made the All-OAC first-team for the third straight season. This season, he batted .318 (49-for-154) with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, three homers, a team-high 45 RBI and eight stolen bases in 12 attempts. For his career, Handel hit .343 (183-for-533) with 86 runs scored, 33 doubles, five triples, 13 homers, 147 RBI and 12 steals.
Lovick earneds his second All-OAC award. This season and once he recovered from an early-season injury, he compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.58 ERA in 16 appearances, including six starts and 10 relief appearances. Lovick also had a pair of saves. He struck out 26 batters in 47 and one-third innings and walked just nine batters. In just two seasons, Lovick has appeared in 26 games, including 13 starts, and has compiled an 8-2 record with two saves. He has struck out 54 opposing hitters in 94 and two-third innings of work and walked just 23.
Albright ended a solid four-year career by being named All-OAC. This season, he appeared in 17 games, including 11 starts, and compiled a 7-3 record with one save and a 3.52 ERA. In 71 and two-third innings pitched, Albright struck out 71 hitters and walked 28. For his career, Albright appeared in 55 contests, including 30 starts and a single-season record-tying 12 in 2014, and compiled a 20-7 record with one save and a 4.60 ERA. His 20 wins ranks in a tie for third all-time at BW. Albright struck out 169 opposing batters in 191 and two-third innings pitched.
Nieto earns his second straight All-OAC honor. This season, he batted .284 (48-for-169) with a team-high 43 runs scored, 13 doubles (second), two triples (tied for first), a team-leading five homersm 30 RBI and four steals. After three seasons, Nieto is hitting .342 (125-for-366) with 90 runs scored, 31 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, 78 RBI and 10 steals.
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. The senior class 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).
July 25, 2016 Mark Zimmerman ‘16 Pitching Well for Padres
June 11, 2016 Mark Zimmerman Drafted by San Diego Padres in 33rd Round
May 17, 2016 Badia and Taylor Named Academic All-OAC in Baseball
May 3, 2016 Baseball Team Getting Hot at the Right Time
April 25, 2016 Zimmerman Earns Third Career OAC Hitter-of-the-Week Honor
April 19, 2016 Baseball Team Sweeps at ONU, Jackets Win 13-0 and 10-2
April 17, 2016 Baseball Team Wins at Pitt-Bradford, 14-7
April 14, 2016 Baseball Team Loses at Wooster
April 11, 2016 Lovick Garners First Career OAC Pitcher-of-the-Week Honor
April 10, 2016 Baseball Team Splits OAC Twinbill at First Place Marietta
April 5, 2016 BW Baseball Team Loses OAC Twinbill to Otterbein
March 30, 2016 Baseball Team Splits Twinbill at Allegheny (Pa.)
March 29, 2016 Miscues Hurt BW Baseball Team in 6-3 Loss at CWRU
March 26, 2016 BW Baseball Team Sweeps OAC-Opening Twinbill at JCU
March 19, 2016 Baseball Team Drops a Pair of Non-Conference Games
March 8, 2016 Baseball Falls at Texas Lutheran
March 5, 2016 Baseball Team Sweeps Anderson (Ind.) in Kentucky
February 28, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Team Splits at Spalding (Ky.)
February 27, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Team Beats Wheaton (Ill.), 15-6
February 21, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Team Opens With a Pair of Losses to LaRoche (Pa.)
February 19, 2016 No. 19 BW Baseball Team Seeks OAC Title and Third Straight NCAA Trip
February 18, 2016 No. 19 Baseball Announces Changes to Weekend Schedule
January 21, 2016 BW Names its Baseball Field Fisher Field for its Legendary Coach
January 8, 2016 BW Baseball Coach Speaks at ABCA National Convention