Junior Jalen Davis and senior Mark Christine have been selected as All-Midwest Conference North Division for the second consecutive season. The Beloit College baseball team has also announced its team award winners.
Davis, the Buccaneers’ centerfielder, hit .389 to lead Beloit, the fourth-best batting average in the league this season. Davis played in all 38 games for the Bucs this season posting top ten numbers in the MWC in numerous categories including at bats (149), runs (44), hits (58), triples (4), runs batted in (32), total bases (81), slugging percentage (.544), walks (22), on base percentage (.480) and stolen bases (19). As the team leader in almost every offensive statistical category, Davis was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player for 2018. In just three seasons, Davis has already moved into the top ten in the Bucs’ career record book in runs, hits, singles, triples and total bases.
Christine, the Bucs’ shortstop and reliever, won a blanket award at the Beloit College SAAC Awards last week, the highest honor bestowed upon a student-athlete at Beloit. Regarded as one of the finest infielders in program history by head coach Dave DeGeorge, Christine’s 109 assists in 2018 ranks sixth in Beloit College baseball history. His career total of 355 assists is third in the program record book. In four years on the diamond, Christine has appeared in 137 games, tied for the third most in program history. This season, Christine took on the role of reliever in late game situations. With just 9.1 innings on the mound, Christine posted a 2-1 record with a 0.96 earned run average. His stellar play in the field led to team Defensive Player of the Year honors this season.
In other team awards announced, junior second baseman Ethan Conley was named Mr. Clutch. Conley hit .336 with 49 hits, 32 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, a homerun, 27 RBI and 15 walks drawn. In the field he added 88 putouts and 100 assists with a .954 fielding percentage.
Senior hurler Steven O’Neil was the team’s Work Horse pick. In 10 appearances on the mount and 14.1 innings pitched, O’Neil held the opposing hitters to a .191 batting average. The Business and Economics major was also honored with the team’s Academic Award with a 3.73 cumulative grade point average.
Sophomore pitcher Connor McCloskey was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player. McCloskey took the mound nine times this season and recorded 17 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.
Lastly, senior outfielder Mac Peacock was named the Team Player of the Year.