Lewis University head baseball coach Tim McDonough has been named 2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday (May 8). McDonough, the second Lewis skipper to earn the honor, guided the GLVC East Division Champion Flyers to a 29-14 season record while blazing through conference opponents with a 23-10 record in his sixth season.
Former Lewis coach Irish O'Reilly was named the league's top manager in each of the 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1994 seasons.
The Flyers also had eight players named to GLVC All-Conference teams. Junior pitcher Tom Helwich (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way Central), junior second baseman Drew Buddle (Bartlett, Ill./South Elgin) and junior outfielder Ben Albano (West Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) earned GLVC All-Conference First Team honors.
Senior pitcher Matt Frahm (McLean, Ill./Olympia), senior pitcher/first baseman Michael Schroeder (Crown Point, Ind./North Newton), senior catcher Brian Norwood (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park), junior outfielder Jake Murray (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and sophomore shortstop Mike Barajas (Chicago, Ill./Nazareth) picked up second team honors.
“I am very happy for our guys who got recognized,” McDonough said. “They are all very deserving and have earned their awards.”
“Any award bestowed upon me is just a reflection of how the team performed all year,” McDonough continued. “My assistant coaches (Scott Sobkowiak, Jon Drahos, Nick Trzesniak) should also be listed. They have done an outstanding job all year.
Helwich (9-2) owns the second-lowest ERA (1.44) in the GLVC while logging the third-most innings pitched in the league (81.1) and striking out 60 batters. Albano, a 2012 All-Conference selection, has a team-leading 36 RBI, hitting .324 and slugging .503 while Buddle has picked up the second-most RBI (34) for the Flyers from the ninth spot in the line-up, hitting .293 at the plate.
Frahm (7-1) has held opposing batters to a miniscule .191 average while sitting down 46 batters in 68.2 innings on the mound for the Flyers. A double threat at the plate and on the rubber, Schroeder owns a 5-3 record in nine appearances on the mound, striking out 42 batters in 53.1 innings. A two-time GLVC All-Conference Second Team selection, Schroeder paces the Flyers at the plate, hitting .350, slugging .606 with 48 hits and 36 RBI.
Norwood has hit .346 for the season, scoring 23 runs and batting in 16, while picking up a team-leading 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Murray leads the Flyers with nine home runs, hitting .338 while collecting 46 hits and 26 RBI. Barajas has been a fixture at shortstop, hitting .319 with 38 hits and 27 RBI in 42 starts.
The second-seeded Flyers open the 2013 GLVC Baseball Championship against the fifth-seeded Quincy on Thursday (May 9) at USI Field, in Evansville, Ind. First pitch is set for 2:30 PM.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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