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Three Baseball Players Earn All-HCAC Honors

Three Baseball Players Earn All-HCAC Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball players earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors, in results released Tuesday by the league office.

Senior Zach Trusk, sophomore David Burnside and sophomore Conner Shipley each captured first-team all-league recognition.  Senior Drew Schnitz also received honorable mention all-league recognition.

Trusk completed a four-year career as a member of teams that reached the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championship Round in 2014 and 2016.  The two-time first-team all-league honoree recorded career totals of 195 hits, 124 runs scored, 107 RBIs, 34 doubles and five home runs.  His career batting average finished at .327 with a career school record 52 hit by pitches.  This season, Trusk hit a career-high .374 with 58 hits, 12 doubles, one home run, 30 runs scored and 31 RBIs.

Burnside has started for two seasons in the Rose-Hulman outfield and led the team with 13 doubles and seven home runs in 2017.  He had a team-high 61 hits, with 41 runs scored and 38 RBIs.  His team-high totals also included a slugging percentage of .610 and an on-base percentage of .495, to go along with a team-leading .384 batting average.

Shipley jumped into the starting lineup with success as a sophomore, batting .346 with five doubles and one triple.  He scored 34 runs and added 22 RBIs as the team's primary leadoff hitter.  Shipley also recorded a slugging average of .385 and an on-base average of .395.  In the field, the second baseman held turn 28 doubles play and committed just seven errors in 197 total chances in the field (.964).

Schnitz completed a four-year career that, like Trusk, included two trips to the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championship Round.  He earned honorable mention all-conference honors for the second straight year after hitting .278 with four doubles and one home run.  This season, Schnitz scored 25 runs and had 23 RBIs.

Senior Koby Close was also honored with a spot on the league's all-sportsmanship team.  Close hit .271 with five doubles this season and rotated between the starting catcher and third base positions for the Fightin' Engineers in 2017.

Rose-Hulman qualified for its fourth straight HCAC Tournament and its ninth in 11 years in the league this spring.  The Fightin' Engineers finished 16-11 in conference play and 18-24 overall in a season that included the 700th career Rose-Hulman victory for Jeff Jenkins.