UIC Baseball Inks Nine Players for 2014
Feb. 13, 2013
CHICAGO – UIC head baseball coach Mike Dee announced the addition of nine players to the 2014 roster on Wednesday afternoon. Seven of the nine signees are local products from in or around the Chicagoland area. The class includes six infielders, two pitchers and one catcher.
“We were looking for a lot of competitive depth and I believe we got it,” said Dee. “I’m excited about each player coming into our program and we feel like these guys can impact our team in a positive way as freshmen. There should be some tremendous competition on the field next fall.”
The 2014 class includes Cody Bohanek (6-1, 190, INF, Oak Park, Ill./Marist), David Cronin (5-9, 160, INF, Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), Gabe Dwyer (6-1, 190, C, Skokie, Ill./Niles North), Brett Krause (6-2, 195, INF, Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee), Mickey McDonald (6-3, 165, INF, San Mateo, Calif./Serra), Ricardo Ramirez (6-2, 205, INF, Chicago, Ill./De La Salle Institute), Mitchell Schulewitz (5-10, 165, RHP, Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein), Ankur Shah (6-1, 145, LHP, St. Charles, Ill./North) and Michael Stahoviak (6-1, 190, INF, Wauconda, Ill./Carmel Catholic).
Bohanek batted leadoff in the Redhawks’ lineup in 2012 and paced the team in hits (47) and runs (36), and struck out just 13 times in 125 at-bats. Marist captured a regional and sectional title along with 28 wins, the most for the Redhawks since 2001.
"Cody (Bohanek) is a tremendous competitor who has excelled in both baseball and football,” said Marist head baseball coach Tom Fabrizio. “He is an excellent teammate, a great leader, and a very coachable young man. What gives Cody a great opportunity at UIC is his versatility as an infielder and his ability to hit good pitching. I am confident that his best days as a player are ahead of him."
Cronin tallied a 2012 batting average of .330 and posted eight doubles and two triples. Cronin struck out just six times during his junior season in 97 at-bats, proving to be a tough out for opposing pitchers.
“David is a hard-nosed player who always leaves the field with his uniform dirty,” said Sandburg head baseball coach Jim Morsovillo. “David has great hands and instincts in the infield and has tremendous quickness when turning a double play. At the plate, David is a competitor and doesn’t give at bats away. He brings the best out of his teammates because he hustles, he’s mentally tough, and hates to lose. David will be a very nice addition to the UIC baseball program.”
Dwyer recorded a batting average of .306 during his 36 games as junior. He owned an on-base percentage of .425 and drove in 19 runs during the 2012 campaign and collected 36 assists as a catcher. Dwyer was also selected to the Stevenson Showcase as one of the best juniors in the Central Suburban League.
“Gabe has shown outstanding work ethic and is our leader behind the plate,” said Niles North head baseball coach Ed Toledo. “He is a great student-athlete and I’m proud of him not only as a player, but as a person.”
Krause was the lone junior in the state of Wisconsin to earn first team All-State honors in the summer of 2012, after posting a batting average of .391 and driving in 42 runs. He tallied 11 extra-base hits last season and also took home All-Area and All-Conference accolades.
“Brett is a leader by example,” said Menomonee Falls head baseball coach Patrick Hansen. “Other kids see him come to voluntary workouts in the winter and that motivates them to work harder. You always hope your best player is the hardest worker and Brett is certainly that guy.”
McDonald piloted his team to a West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) Championship and was named to the WCAL All-League First Team. He also earned First-Team All-San Mateo County honors after hitting .327 his junior year and recording 15 RBI and 16 runs.
Ramirez was selected to the Chicago Catholic All-League First Team after hitting .438 during his junior season and notching 40 RBI. He recorded 16 doubles, belted three homers and collected an on-base percentage of .500 in 2012.
“What sets Ricardo apart is his work ethic,” said De La Salle head baseball coach Mark Higgins. “He is a leader by example and never takes anything for granted. He is the staple of our program and I know he’ll continue to be successful.”
Schulewitz sat out most of his junior season with an injury and saw limited action upon his return to the mound. His first game back from injury was his first varsity start as Schulewitz tossed a no-hitter against conference-rival Stevenson. Of the 10.2 innings he pitched in 2012, Schulewitz fanned 13 batters and accumulated an ERA of 2.63.
“Mitch is a relentless competitor every time he takes the mound,” said Mundelein head baseball coach Todd Parola. “As a coach, I know every time Mitch gets the ball he gives his team a chance to win. He is a hard-working leader who has the utmost respect from all his teammates and coaches. His work ethic and attitude allows him to be coached and ultimately will allow him to reach his full potential.
Shah earned All-Conference Honorable Mention laurels during his junior season at St. Charles North and tallied a pitching record of 4-2. The southpaw limited opposing batters to just a .189 average at the plate and carried an ERA of 2.60 with a WHIP of 1.11.
Stahoviak is a versatile infielder that led Carmel Catholic in fielding percentage (.988%), while switching off between first and third base throughout the 2012 season. He paced the Corsairs in RBI with 29 and hits with runners in scoring position with 18.
“With Michael everything starts with character first,” said Carmel head baseball coach Dan Giesey. “He is a leader both on and off the field and does all the little things the right way. He has outstanding work ethic and works hard at his craft. He is a student of the game and is always learning and asking questions.”