MONTREAL – Infielder Tyler Welence of Ridgewood, N.J., was announced as team MVP at the McGill University baseball team’s annual awards gala, held at Vargas Steakhouse, Saturday. The event was highlighted by a ring ceremony to recognize the national championship won on Oct. 26, 2014 when the Redmen cruised to a 6-1 victory over Concordia to capture the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association title at Gary Carter Field on the grounds of Trudeau Park in Cote St. Luc, Que. The Redmen won four of their five games in the six-team CCBA tourney to collect their fourth national title. They posted a 21-9 record overall, including a 14-6 regular season mark.
Other major awards went to Ryan Kramer (most outstanding pitcher) of New Vernon, N.J., infielder Robert Sedin (best defensive player) of Sunnyvale, Calif., third baseman Zachary Aaron (most improved player) of Montreal West, and outfielder Rocky Hroch (rookie of the year) of Temecula, Calif.
Welence, a six-foot, 180-pound shortstop, was also named tournament MVP at the national championship. During the regular season, he registered a CCBA-leading .458 batting average, was second in on-base average (.544), tops in slugging percentage (.667) and ranked third in runs batted in with 17 in just 15 regular season games. A junior in bio-resource engineering, he was also second in runs scored (18) and collected 10 doubles. He drew seven walks and was hit by pitch twice.
Kramer, a right-handed starter who measures 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, was named as the most outstanding pitcher at the Nationals. During the season, he posted a perfect 4-0 record in five starts with a stingy 1.00 earned run average. A first-year transfer from the NCAA’s Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., he racked up 38 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. He allowed just 17 hits, walked 10 and hit one batter.
Sedin, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound third-baseman, batted .393, led the league with 23 RBIs, to go along with 12 doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs. A transfer from the University of California at San Diego, he is a first-year certificate student in entrepreneurship who posted a .486 on-base average and a league-leading .721 slugging percentage. Sedin tied for third among league leaders in hits with 24 in 61 at bats — 15 of them for extra bases — and scored 17 runs in 19 contests. He drew 10 walks, was hit once and struck out only six times.
Aaron, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound third baseman, saw duty in 18 of the team’s 20 league games. The 21-year-old finance junior batted .304 and registered a .458 on-base percentage with five doubles, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. He was sixth on the team with 14 hits and drew a team-leading 13 walks.
Hroch, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound outfielder, played in all 20 games and collected 20 hits, which ranked third-best on the team. The 19-year-old management freshman was third on the team in plate appearances, batted .345 and had an on-base percentage of .406, with four walks and was hit by pitch twice. . He scored nine runs, hit three doubles, collected four RBIs and stole 10 bases on 12 attempts.
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