UIC Baseball Has Nine Players Earn All-MCC Accolades

For the second straight season, UIC Head Coach Mike Dee shared MCC Baseball Coach of the Year honors.
For the second straight season, UIC Head Coach Mike Dee shared MCC Baseball Coach of the Year honors.

May 17, 2000

Dayton, Ohio - The UIC Flames baseball program has landed nine players on the Midwestern Collegiate Conference post-season all-conference teams while second-year head coach Mike Dee was honored for the second straight season as MCC co-Coach of the Year.

Dee, who coached the Flames (30-24) to their first-ever MCC regular-season championship this season and their first 30-win campaign since 1993, shares the coach of the year honors with UW-Milwaukee's Jerry Augustine, whose Panthers tied for first during the regular season with UIC with identical 12-6 records.

Earning a spot on the All-MCC First-Team is senior shortstop Sean McNichols (Carpentersville, Ill./Barrington) and sophomore utility player John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette). McNichols enters the 2000 MCC Championship this weekend with the Flames' top batting average as he is hitting .365 with 38 RBI and 40 runs scored. Rosner, who has played both first base and left field flawlessly for UIC this season with a .991 fielding percentage, has the second-best batting average on the team at .345 while snagging 18 stolen bases.

Senior second baseman Eric Duke (Mendota, Ill./Mendota), a 1999 First Team All-MCC honoree, and junior third baseman Bob Rosinski (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) were both selected to the All-MCC Second Team. Duke, who is currently batting .304, leads the Flames with 43 RBI and 41 runs scored while Rosinski sports a .324 batting average, fourth-highest on the squad, and has shown a great eye at the plate as he has struck out just 16 times in 170 at bats.

Five Flames' newcomers were voted to the MCC's All-Newcomer Team - freshman Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn.), freshman Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton South), junior transfer Brad Mears (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), freshman J.P. Moran (Burlington, Wis.) and junior transfer Nick Worm (Montgomery, Minn.).

Bowen, who has been UIC's designated hitter much of the season, has compiled a .316 batting average with six home runs, which is second-most on the team, while Granderson, the Flames' speedy right fielder, sports a .270 batting average with a team-high seven home runs and 47 runs scored as the lead-off hitter. Moran, a starter in left field in 51 games this season, leads all UIC rookies with a .337 batting average and 15 doubles.

On the mound, Mears has compiled a team-low 3.91 ERA with a 3-5 record in 78.1 innings pitched. The Flames' strikeout leader with 68 K's, Mears has also held the opposition to an MCC-best .212 batting average. Worm, who leads UIC with seven wins this season, owns a 4.92 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 89.2 innings of work.

The second-seeded Flames begin MCC post-season play on Thursday, May 18, against #5 Wright State at 7:00 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio.