Whiteman, Carder, VanMeter, Shaw and Hardcastle named All-OAC
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, May 11, 2009 - The Muskingum College baseball team was honored by the Ohio Athletic Conference by having junior catcher Brock Whiteman, junior shortstop Wes Carder and junior pitcher Nathan VanMeter all named First Team All-OAC. Senior pitcher Levi Shaw was tabbed Second Team All-OAC, while sophomore second baseman Tyler Hardcastle garnered All-OAC Honorable Mention accolades.
Whiteman led the Muskies in batting average (.372), slugging percentage (.650), on-base percentage (.467), hits, 51), RBIs, 42), doubles (10) and home runs (8). He also paced the Muskies with 17 multiple hit games and 12 multiple RBI games. Whiteman was the OAC Player of the Year in 2008 and is a three-time all-league selection.
Carder batted .350 with a career-high 11 doubles and three triples. He logged 14 RBIs and one home run. Carder had an on-base percentage of .462 and recorded a team-high 18 stolen bases. This marks the third straight year that he has been recognized as All-OAC.
VanMeter posted a team-best 1.30 ERA with 62 strikeouts. He went 4-3 with four complete games and two shutouts. VanMeter held opposing hitters to a .168 batting average and allowed only six extra base hits in 55.1 innings of work.
Shaw registered a 2.77 ERA with a 4-2 mark and two saves. He tossed two complete games and and secured 32 strikeouts in 52 innings. Shaw walked only 10 batters and only surrendered nine extra base hits all season.
Hardcastle hit .297 with 41 hits, 31 RBIs, eight doubles, five home runs and two triples. He led the team with 17 two-out RBIs.
Muskingum Head Coach Gregg Thompson, the all-time winningest coach in Muskie baseball history, ended the 2009 campaign with 302 career wins. Thompson eclipsed the 300-win milestone following Muskingum's sweep of Ohio Northern University on April 25. Furthermore, Coach Thompson's win plateau ranks sixth all-time in the OAC and second among active league coaches.