Whiteman named Jack Rafeld POY; Carder and Neuhart honored too
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, May 12, 2008 - The Ohio Athletic Conference has announced that Muskingum College sophomore catcher Brock Whiteman has been named the Jack Rafeld OAC Player of the Year. Additionally, Whiteman and sophomore shortstop Wes Carder each garnered First Team All-OAC accolades, while sophomore hurler Aubrey Neuhart received All-OAC Honorable Mention.
Whiteman, who is the first-ever Muskie to receive the Jack Rafeld Award, ranks 17th in NCAA Division III in doubles, 21st in total bases, 32nd in slugging percentage and 36th in batting average. Whiteman led the Muskies this season in batting average (.450), hits (67), doubles (19), triples (2), home runs (9), RBI’s (51) and total bases (117). He logged 18 multiple hit games, 11 multiple RBI games and registered a team-high 14-game hitting streak during the year.
Carder hit .393 with 55 hits and 46 runs scored. He led the squad with a .500 on-base percentage and tallied 15 RBI’s, 12 steals, three doubles, two home runs and one triple. Carder had 14 multiple hit games this season.
Neuhart started 11 games and posted a 7-4 record with a 4.45 ERA. He recorded 62.2 innings of work with 42 strikeouts, three complete games and one save.
The Jack Rafeld Award honors the OAC's most outstanding baseball player. The award is named in honor of one of Mount Union College’s most successful coaches. Jack Rafeld served in various capacities from 1946-79 in Mount Union's physical education and athletics department. In 30 years as the baseball coach, Rafeld guided the Purple Raiders to a 304-220-3 overall record.