Four UIC Baseball Players Garner All-League Awards
May 22, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – Four UIC baseball players were selected as All-Horizon League honorees as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Alex Grunenwald and sophomore Jon Ryan were placed on the All-League second team, while Grunenwald, sophomore Alex Lee and freshman pitcher Brian Evak were chosen for the All-Newcomer team. This marks the 13th-straight year that UIC has garnered student-athletes on both the second- and All-Newcomer teams.
Grunenwald picked up the pair of accolades after leading UIC and ranking seventh in the Horizon League with a .326 batting average. The first-baseman hit his stride in the month of April, going .439 (25-of-57) at the plate with a slugging percentage of .544. Grunenwald holds the team’s longest hit streak of the season at 14 games which spanned from March 31 to April 22, a stretch that included seven-straight multiple-hit games.
Ryan is the only UIC player to start all 51 games for the Flames this season, and ranks first on the squad with 32 RBI. Last year’s All-Newcomer honoree posted a .292 batting average with 56 hits, 31 runs, 11 doubles and a .432 slugging percentage.
Evak ended his first collegiate regular season with a team-best ERA of 4.11, compiling an overall record of 5-5. The Plainfield, Ill., native, limited his opponents to a .267 batting average, which ranks eighth among all Horizon League pitchers. He was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on March 12 in a 14-6 win over Big Ten-foe Northwestern by tossing five scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.
Lee started 26 of UIC’s 51 games this year and owns the team’s second-highest batting average of .302. The transfer from Des Moines Community College has reached base in 17-straight games to end the regular season.
The fourth-seeded Flames will host the 2012 Horizon League Baseball Championship this week as they get set to play in game one of the tournament against No. 5 seed Butler on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. CST.