Ripon, WI – Four members of the Midwest Conference North Division Champion Beloit College Baseball team, plus its Head Coach, were named to the 2011 All-Conference First Team, as selected by league coaches. The Team was released today.
Senior Utility player Mike Kovach earned the honor for the second time in his career while senior Centerfielder Drew Oswald, senior catcher Jon Siil and junior pitcher Alex Norman were all first-time selections. Dave DeGeorge earned his second Coach of the Year honor.
Kovach, from Plainfield, Illinois (Joliet Catholic), hit .312 during the season with a team-leading totals of 33 runs scored and 13 stolen bases and 31 RBIs, second on the squad. During his senior season he set seven Beloit career records, including hits, runs, total bases and stolen bases. He was also a 2009 All-MWC First Team selection.
Oswald, from Appleton, Wisconsin (North), was one of the hottest Buccaneers as the regular season ended, hitting over .420 in the last two weeks of the season. For the season he hit .346 with 31 runs scored, 25 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and a team-high two home runs.
Siil, from Chicago, Illinois (Whitney Young), has left his mark as one of the best defensive catchers in Beloit history. During the season he threw out 13 of 26 would-be base-stealers and has thrown out 34 in his career, the third-most all-time. His career catcher’s throwing percentage is over 50%, by far the top mark in Beloit history. But Siil is more than defense. This season he hit .294 with 22 RBIs, including seven during the MWC Tournament.
Norman, from Elburn, Illinois (Kaneland), has established himself as the ace of the staff this season. He closed the regular season with a 7-2 record, tying him for the most wins in a single-season, and a 2.55 ERA, the fifth-best mark in Beloit history. He also has a better than 4 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio, having fanned 42 while walking just 11 in 67 innings. He led the MWC in wins, ERA and innings pitched.
DeGeorge, completing his 21st season, was also named the MWC’s Coach of the Year in 2009. During the 2011 season he recorded his 300th career win, a 7-4 victory at St. Norbert College on May 1.
The Bucs finished the 2011 season with a 27-12 overall record, the second-most wins in Beloit history and the second time in three seasons they’ve won at least 27 games. They had a 12-4 mark in the MWC with their first-ever MWC North Championship.