UIC Baseball Places Six on All-MCC Post-Season Teams

Mike Bruszer was named to the MCC All-Newcomer Team on Wednesday and shared newcomer of the year honors.
Mike Bruszer was named to the MCC All-Newcomer Team on Wednesday and shared newcomer of the year honors.

May 16, 2001

Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball program has had six players earn All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference post-season honors, which were announced Wednesday night at the MCC Tournament banquet.

Collecting All-MCC First Team honors were seniors Steve Carlson (Newark, Ill./Newark) and Bob Rosinski (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and sophomore Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg). Sophomore J.P. Moran (Burlington, Wis./Westosha Central) earned a spot on the All-MCC Second Team while freshmen Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) and Chris Kerpan (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) were both voted to the MCC's All-Newcomer Team.

Carlson has been the ace of the UIC pitching staff this season as he tops the squad with a 3.90 ERA and 11 wins, which matches a school record for most victories in a single season. In 90 innings of work, the southpaw has struck out 92 batters while holding the opposition to a .246 batting average. Rosinski has been rock solid at third base for the Flames this year as he committed just one miscue at the hot corner in 20 MCC outings. The four-year starter has led UIC in batting all season long and enters the MCC Tournament on Thursday with a team-high .397 batting average to go along with 77 hits, 45 RBI and 38 runs scored.

Peters, who has been both a designated hitter and left fielder for UIC this year, has compiled a .321 batting average with 45 hits, 20 RBI and 18 runs scored. Moran, who has worked both left and right field, has been hot hitting as of late as he has compiled a .409 batting average in his last 13 games and enters the post-season tourney batting .352, which is third highest on the Flames' squad.

Bruszer, who also shared MCC Newcomer of the Year honors with Wright State's Trent Matthews and UW-Milwaukee's John VandenBerg, stepped into the starting role at shortstop with ease and has compiled a .274 batting average with eight stolen bases, which is second most on the team. Kerpan, who missed 17 games midway through the year with a thumb injury, has been hot at the plate since his return to compile a .475 batting average in the last 18 games. A redshirt in 2000, Kerpan enters the MCC Tournament red-hot with a .360 batting average, which is second best on the team, to go along with 21 RBI and 24 runs scored.

The Flames host the 2001 MCC Baseball Championship, which gets underway on Thursday, May 17, at Les Miller Field. UIC will be the #2 seed in the double elimination tournament and will take on #5 Cleveland State at 3:00 p.m. in its first round of action.