UIC Baseball Earns Preseason Recognition From Several Publications|
Feb. 10, 2014
CHICAGO – With the official start of college baseball season less than one week away, the UIC baseball team has been garnering numerous preseason accolades from several national publications. Perfect Game USA and College Baseball Daily have picked UIC as the Horizon League’s preseason favorite, while Baseball America ranks the Flames a close second behind Milwaukee. The Horizon League is scheduled to release its preseason poll and awards on Wednesday.
Aside from being selected first in a pair of preseason polls, UIC touts several individuals who are also receiving attention. Junior pitcher Tomas Michelson was selected as the preseason Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America and College Sports Madness. The right-handed hurler was also named to the preseason first-team by Perfect Game USA. Michelson collected All-Horizon League First-Team honors in 2013 and led the conference in innings pitched and ranked second in ERA and strikeouts.
Along with Michelson, newcomers Jake Nath and Mickey McDonlad took home some individual honors. Nath was selected as the league’s Preseason Newcomer of the Year by Perfect Game USA, while McDonald was tabbed as the conference’s Freshman of the Year by Baseball America. Nath comes to UIC as a junior after competing two years with Colby College. He was named second-team All-America and earned MVP honors in the Jayhawk League. McDonald joins the Flames from San Mateo, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner for Serra High School.
College Sports Madness also released their Horizon League first- and second-team predictions. Accompanying Michelson of the first-team list was junior Tyler Detmer, while sophomore Ian Lewandowski and seniors Alex Jurich and John Coen picked up second-team laurels.
The Flames begin competition on Friday, Feb. 14 against Marist in Beaumont, Texas.