Grinnell, IA – Beloit College senior pitcher Ryan Kaveney, from Cary, Illinois (Cary-Grove) earned his third straight All-Midwest Conference North Division honor while junior second baseman Mike Gulve and junior first baseman/third baseman Kam Sallee were both named for the first time and head coach Dave DeGeorge earned his third Coach of the Year award as the MWC released the 2016 squad today.
Kaveney is 6-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 73.1 innings going into Friday’s MWC Tournament game against Grinnell College. He has struck out 70 while walking just 14. To date He is the Buccaneer Baseball career leader in strikeouts (271) and innings pitched (255.2), is second in ERA (2.78) and tied for fifth in victories with 15. He has walked just 73 in his four seasons.
Gulve, from St. Louis, Missouri (Webster Groves) is hitting .333 with 40 runs scored and 25 RBIs. His single-season record 34 walks plus nine hit-by-pitches have helped him to a .491 on-base percentage. He has also stolen seven bases.
Sallee, from Huntley, Illinois, is hitting .346 with a team-best five home runs and 32 RBIs. He has walked 29 times and has a .474 on-base percentage and a .985 OPS. His five home runs tie for the third-most in a season while his 32 RBIs rest just outside the top five for a season.
DeGeorge, who also won Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011, is near the end of his 26th season as head coach of the Bucs. He is the winningest coach in Buccaneer Baseball history, with 394 heading into the Tournament, and the second-winningest coach in Beloit College Athletics history, trailing only Bill Knapton’s 557 wins as the head Men’s Basketball coach. Under DeGeorge’s tenure, which began in 1991, nearly 70 of his players have been named First Team All-Midwest Conference. He has also had 12 All-Region players and two who have earned spots on the All-Region Gold Glove Team.
The Bucs head into the Tournament with a 24-12 overall record, the third-most wins in a season in the program’s long history. They finished MWC play with a 10-6 mark, good for a share of the North Division title, their second. The 10 wins mark just the third time they’ve won double-figure games in Conference play.