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    Oct. 16, 2012

    CHICAGO – Redshirt senior baseball player Ryan Shober recently received the “Finest in the Field” award presented by Rawlings which is given annually to the best fielder at each position in the Northern Woods League.  Shober completed his second summer with Eau Claire Express, playing outfield this past season and touting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. 

    Shober played in 31 games last year before suffering a season-ending wrist injury on April 13.  In 2011, the Inverness, Ill., native started in all 46 games he played in and helped pilot the Flames to a Horizon League regular season championship. 

    Shober will be one of eight seniors on the 2013 roster as the team missed out on the NCAA Championship last season, taking home runner-up honors at the Horizon League Tournament.

    This marks the second consecutive season a member of the Flames’ baseball program has received this award as former UIC centerfield Nick Addison took home the accolade in 2011.

    Rawlings has been rewarding the top defenders in the Northwoods League since 2002. The recipients receive a special Rawlings baseball glove mounted on an engraved trophy base. Rawlings is the official equipment provider for the Northwoods League.