McNally Pitcher of the Year Leads All-HCAC Honors

McNally Pitcher of the Year Leads All-HCAC Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Alec McNally led eight all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball selections by earning Pitcher of the Year honors, in results released Tuesday by the league office.

McNally was joined on the first-team all-conference squad by junior catcher Zach Trusk; senior second baseman Caleb Kissel; senior shortstop Kody Alayon; senior outfielder Hazen Hamather; senior outfielder Patrick Klima; and senior pitcher Karson Nixon.  

Senior pitcher Daniel Sutherland earned second-team all-conference honors, and junior Drew Schnitz joined junior Cody Sunderhaus as an honorable mention all-conference award winner.  Junior Koby Close was also honored as a member of the league's all-sportsmanship team.

McNally enters the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 6-0 record and a 1.99 earned run average.  The right-hander is the only Rose-Hulman pitcher in school history with double-digit wins (12) and saves (16) in his Fightin' Engineer career.  McNally was a preseason d3baseball.com honorable mention All-American as a closer before entering the starting rotation.

Trusk was named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after hitting .636 over three games last week.  For the season, he batted .340 with 50 hits, 37 runs scored and 36 RBIs, along with a .440 on-base average and a .449 slugging percentage.

Kissel ranks among Rose-Hulman's all-time career leaders in hits (7th at 189); games played (10th at 155); sacrifice hits (tied for 1st with 32); hit by pitches (3rd with 35); fielding assists (4th with 378); and double plays turned (4th with 84). This season, Kissel is batting .376 with 56 hits, 37 runs scored and 11 doubles.

Alayon is also among Rose-Hulman's all-time leaders in career stolen bases (tied for 1st with 52); hits (9th with 182); fielding assists (3rd with 401); and double plays turned (3rd with 90).  This season, the leadoff hitter is batting .315 with 53 hits, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.

Hamather has started every game in left field this season with a .336 batting average, 48 hits, 31 runs scored and 31 RBIs.  He recorded the second-most RBIs (7) and second-most hits (5) in a game in school history against Franklin earlier this season.

Klima ranks fifth in school history with 74 career walks and is fourth in school history with 165 games played.  This season, Klima is batting .346 with 56 hits, 37 runs scored, 16 doubles, one home run and 33 RBIs.

Nixon leads the pitching staff in wins (7), innings pitched (72.1) and strikeouts (76) this season.  The right-hander stands 7-2 with a 3.86 earned run average in 11 starts.  He currently ranks fourth in career school history in innings pitched (282.2), fourth in strikeouts (223), seventh in wins (21) and third in games started (40).

Sutherland has a 5-1 record and a 2.27 earned run average this season with two combined shutouts.  He has allowed 45 hits and just seven walks in 47.2 innings of work to win five of his seven starts.

Schnitz has started 39 games at primarily third base with a .324 batting average, 46 hits, 38 runs scored, seven doubles and one home run.  He is a two-year starter on the Fightin' Engineer infield.

Sunderhaus stands 1-1 with five saves and a 0.00 earned run average in 14 appearances this season.  He has struck out 18 batters in 15.1 innings and held the opposition to a .220 batting average.

Close has provided depth behind the plate for Rose-Hulman and is batting .368 with 14 hits, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases in 10 starts.

Rose-Hulman completed the regular season with a 29-11 record and will travel to Sauget, Ill., for the NCAA Division III Tournament starting Wednesday.  The Fightin' Engineers will face Wartburg College in round one, with a 3:30 p.m. Central Time (4:30 Eastern time) start.