Beloit, WI – Dave DeGeorge, who just finished his 24th season as head coach of the Beloit College Baseball team, and the Buccaneers recognized the 2014 team award winners recently.
Ryan Kaveney, a sophomore left-handed pitcher from Cary, Illinois (Cary-Grove), was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Kaveney earned First Team All-Midwest Conference and Third Team All-Central Region (for both the ABCA and d3baseball.com) honors. He went 3-3 with a 1.84 ERA, striking out 72 while walking 13 in 63.2 innings pitched.
Seniors Sean Little, a third baseman from Lombard, Illinois (Glenbard East), and Ethan Blumenthal, an outfielder from Chicago (Jones College Prep), were both repeat award-winners for the Bucs. Little was the Team Player of the Year for the second straight season after hitting .242 with four RBIs in 29 games. Blumenthal earned the squad's Academic Award for the second straight season, carrying a 3.824 gpa in Media Studies. He hit .311 with two home runs, 19 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
Junior pitcher Craig Vruwink, a left-hander from Milton, Wisconsin, was the team's Most Improved Player. Seeing his first action for the Buccaneers, he went 2-2 with an 8.53 ERA in 25.1 innings, including a complete-game win. He struck out 18 and walked 15.
Sophomore Joey Casa, an outfielder from Chicago (Jones College Prep), earned the team's Work Horse Award. Used primarily as a pinch runner and late-inning defensive replacement, he appeared in 19 games and had one RBI and three stolen bases.
Freshmen Austin Martinez and Kam Sallee shared the Mr. Clutch Award. Martinez, a designated hitter from Marshall, Wisconsin, hit .346 with two home runs and 26 RBIs in 33 games with an .882 OPS. Sallee, a third baseman from Huntley, Illinois, hit .308 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 25 games with an .804 OPS.
Freshman Mike Gulve was the team's Defensive Player of the Year. The outfielder from St. Louis (Webster Groves) hit .295 with 11 RBIs in 30 games, committing just one error in 72 chances in centerfield.
The Buccaneers finished the 2014 season with a 15-18 record, 6-10 in MWC play.