HOLLY, Michigan (June 2, 2011) - After a tough 10-game losing streak ended Urbana University's 2011 season, the Blue Knights received a bit of good news on Thursday. The Blue Knights capped their spring season with 3 selections on the NCAA Division II All-Independent Teams, including a first team selection and the Independent Freshman of the Year. Blue Knights Wes Rehmert
(West Alexandria, Ohio/Twin Valley South HS), Drew Ryan
(Newark, Ohio/Licking Valley HS) and Zach Roll
(Kingston, Ohio/Zane Trace HS) each earned a nod for their impressive work on the field during the 2011 season.
Rehmert was Urbana's lone First Team selection. Urbana's senior ace earned his well-deserved honor after a leading the Blue Knights in wins, complete games, shutouts, innings pitched, strikeouts and opponents' batting average. Rehmert posted a 2.64 ERA in his final season, the 8th best mark in UU history. His 58 strikeouts were also the 8th best in school history. Despite playing just 3 seasons in the Royal Blue and White, Rehmert ended his career in the all-time Top 10 in ERA (3.82), wins (13), strikeouts (136) and winning percentage (.565).
Ryan captured the Independent Freshman of the Year award after a stellar rookie campaign. He also earned Second Team All-Independent honors. Ryan started all 40 games at third base for the Blue Knights, leading the team in runs (29), hits (42), doubles (12), total bases (59), batting average (.326), slugging percentage (.457), on base percentage (.429), OPS (.886), and stolen bases (11). He had the fewest strikeouts amongst players with at least 100 at-bats, and he finished second on the squad in multi-hit games (10) and walks (21).
Roll earned Second Team All-Independent honors for the second time in his 4-year Urbana career. He also received the nod after his sophomore campaign. The senior outfielder started all 40 games for the Blue Knights, finishing second in batting average (.313), hits (40), total bases (58), on-base percentage (.453), OPS (.853), and outfield assists (5). Roll finished his career in the all-time Top 12 in games played (157), at-bats (459), hits (147), doubles (26), triples (4), RBIs (95), walks (59), and stolen bases (18).
North Greenville University stood atop the D-II Indepedent standings for the 2011 season, earning 7 selections to the first team, including the Independent Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year. The NCAA D-II Independent Collegiate Athletic Association, or ICAA, is composed of North Greenville, Oakland City, Palm Beach Atlantic, Saint Michael's, Urbana and Washington Adventist. All schools are NCAA Division II independents. The 2011 All-Independent teams were selected by ICAA Director Mike Bond.
Adam Taylor of North Greenville was named Player of the Year. The sophomore outfielder had 11 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs, scored 40 runs, drove in 35 runs and batted .407. He led the ICAA in slugging percentage (.611) and batting average. Michael Benjamin of North Greenville was selected Pitcher of the Year. The junior was 7-2, had 2 complete games, struck out 34 batters and had a 2.98 ERA in 63.1 innings. Benjamin held opposing batters to just a .219 batting average on the season. Travis Henson of North Greenville was named Coach of the Year. He guided the Crusaders to the ICAA championship with a record of 31-13 in the regular season. NGU ended up finishing second at the NCCAA World Series. The rest of the 2011 awards and teams are listed below.
2011 NCAA D-II All-Independent Standings
1. North Greenville (31-13, .705)
2. Oakland City (16-10, .615)
3. Palm Beach Atlantic (26-24, .520)
4. Urbana (14-26, .350)
5. Washington Adventist (8-17, .320)
6. Saint Michael's (5-25, .167)
2011 NCAA D-II All-Independent Baseball Honors
Player of the Year - Adam Taylor - North Greenville
Pitcher of the Year - Michael Benjamin - North Greenville
Freshman of the Year - Drew Ryan - Urbana
Coach of the Year - Travis Henson - North Greenville
2011 NCAA D-II All-Independent FIRST TEAM
Anthony Foulk - North Greenville, C, Jr. Genoa, Illinois
Eric Barnes - Oakland City, INF, Jr. Evansville, Indiana
Brian Giles - North Greenville, INF, Sr. Spartanburg, South Carolina
Yuki Ishida - Washington Adventist, INF, Sr. Okayama, Japan
Luis Meija - Palm Beach Atlantic, INF, Jr. Lake Worth, Florida
Derek Fulmer - North Greenville, OF, Jr. Pelion, South Carolina
Adam Taylor - North Greenville, OF, So. Laurens, South Carolina
Harry Turney - Oakland City, OF, Sr. Lansing, Michigan
Andrew Lawrence - North Greenville, DH, So. Woodstown, New Jersey
Michael Benjamin - North Greenville, P, Jr. Gainesville, Florida
Drew Provence - North Greenville, P, Jr. Fayetteville, Georgia
Wes Rehmert - Urbana, P, Sr. West Alexandria, Ohio
Alejandro DeMoya - Palm Beach Atlantic, RP, So. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Travis Murray - Palm Beach Atlantic, C, Jr. Spring Hill, Florida
Jorge Chavarria - Palm Beach Atlantic, INF, Sr. Lake Worth, Florida
Josh Federico - Oakland City, INF, Fr. St. Cloud, Florida
Drew Ryan - Urbana, INF, Fr. Newark, Ohio
Alec Tice - Saint Michael's, INF, Fr. Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Jacob Begnoche - Saint Michael's, OF, So. Essex Junction, Vermont
Nick Natale - Palm Beach Atlantic, OF, Jr. Livingstone, New Jersey
Zach Roll - Urbana, OF, Sr. Kingston, Ohio
Neil Croft - Washington Adventist, P, Jr. Maryland
Kenny Frosch - Palm Beach Atlantic, P, Jr. Land O'Lakes, Florida
Ryan Woodring - North Greenville, P, Fr. Asheville, North Carolina
Brian Giles - North Greenville, RP, Sr. Spartanburg, South Carolina