Six Tigers Earn All-NCAC Honors; Hartnagel Newcomer of the Year
Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw baseball team had six student-athletes named to the all- North Coast Athletic Conference teams as voted on by the conference coaches prior to last weekend's tournament.
Headlining the Tigers' selections were designated hitter Zach Starr (Sr., Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) who was named to the first-team and shortstop Michael Hartnagel (Fr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) who was named Newcomer of the Year.
Starr, a second-team selection in 2012, has been one of DePauw's most consistent hitters batting .342 on the year with 40 RBI. Additionally, he scored 30 runs, slugged four home runs, has 14 doubles, is second on the team with a .534 slugging percentage and leads the team with 10 steals.
Hartnagel earned second-team honors to go along with his selection as Newcomer of the Year. He is currently batting .340 with 20 RBI, 38 runs scored and three home runs. His 126 fielding assists leads the team and he is a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
Joining Hartnagel on the second team were outfielder Robbie Stein (Sr., Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and pitcher Jack Peck (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind./North Central). Stein, a second-team selection in 2012, currently leads the team with a .365 batting average and is second on the team with a .421 on-base percentage. He has 24 RBI with three homers, 41 runs scored and has struck out just 10 times in 159 at bats. After slugging .913 with a .522 batting average in the NCAC Tournament, Stein was named the tournament MVP.
Peck currently sits at 5-2 on the season with a 3.07 ERA. In his last two starts he has gone the distance defeating Allegheny 9-3 in the NCAC Tournament and top-ranked Webster 2-1 in the NCAA Regionals; both games were nine-inning contests. Peck has 40 strikeouts to just 15 walks and is limiting opponents to a .259 batting average. He joined Stein on the all-tournament team.
Rounding out DePauw's selections were catcher Ryan Allee (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo./Westminster Christian) and pitcher Riley Futterknecht (Fr., Bristol, Ind./Elkhart Central). Allee is third on the team with a .341 batting average with 16 RBI and 16 runs scored. He is slugging .363 and has an on-base percentage of .375.
Futterknecht has a team-best 1.93 ERA with a 4-0 record in 42 innings pitched. He has 28 strikeouts and is currently holding opponents to just a .191 batting average. In the championship game of the NCAC Tournament, Futterknecht held Wooster hitless in six innings of work, allowing only a leadoff walk. He was named to the all-tournament team after picking up the decisive win.
The Tigers captured their first ever NCAC Championship after winning four straight games out of the losers bracket to comeback and claim the title. DePauw earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Central Regional hosted by Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
DePauw opened regional play Wednesday afternoon against top-ranked Webster and defeated the Gorloks 2-1. The Tigers play Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (CDT) against St. Scholastica. For more information on the NCAA Central Regional CLICK HERE.