Eliopoulos Repeats as Pitcher of the Year; Five Blue Jays Earn All-Conference Accolades
May 9, 2012
LANCASTER, PA – Senior right-hander Alex Eliopoulos has been named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second-straight season while juniors Jeff Lynch, Mike Kanen, Adam Weiner and Kyle Neverman also received all-conference accolades, as announced by the league office Wednesday morning. Lynch and Kanen joined Eliopoulos on the first team, while Weiner and Neverman nabbed second team honors.
For the fourth time in conference history, a Blue Jay has earned Pitcher of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, as Eliopoulos was also the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2011. This season, the senior hurler led the team and conference with an 8-1 record and a 1.42 earned run average over a team-high 82.2 innings of work. Eliopoulos totaled a team high 82 strikeouts this season to push his career total to 224. He now holds the fourth and sixth spot on the JHU record list for single season strikeouts and is fourth on the career strikeout list for the Jays. Eliopoulos allowed just eight extra base hits this season while holding opponents to a .234 batting average. He pitched two complete games for the Blue Jays this season to bring his career total to seven while posting double-digit strikeout performances twice. Eliopoulos held opponents to just a .198 batting average with runners on base and induced a team-high eight double play balls on the ground.
Lynch earned his first team honors for the first time in his career after hitting .346 with a team-high 45 RBIs and 17 doubles as the clean up hitter for the Blue Jays. Lynch was tied for the team and conference top spot with seven home runs this season. The junior collected 15 multiple hit games this season and will carry a nine-game hitting streak into next season. Lynch led the team with 12 multiple RBI games, including driving in four runs against York (PA) earlier in the season. Lynch was third on the team with 54 hits and 39 of them came when there were runners on base and three times when the bases were loaded. The first baseman drove in a team-high 14 runs with two outs and a had .722 average (13-for-18) with runners on third with less than two outs. Lynch was a perfect 7-for-7 stealing bases this year. Defensively, Lynch was second on the team in fielding 30 double plays while making a team-high 277 put outs.
Kanen rounded out the first team honorees for Hopkins with the first of his career. Kanen was the Jays’ primary designated hitter, making 29 of his 39 starts as the DH. Kanen led the team with a .361 batting average while he was second on the team with 57 hits. Kanen led the everyday players with a .430 batting average with runners on base and drove in 27 runs while scoring 27 this year. Kanen had nine doubles on the season and was tied for second with four home runs. The junior was second on the team with a .429 on base percentage and fourth with a .494 slugging percentage. Kanen led the team with a .368 average (21-for-57) with runners in scoring position. Kanen was second on the team with 20 multiple hit games and held the second-longest hitting streak on the season stretching 13 games through the middle of the schedule.
Weiner collected his first all conference accolades of his career this season with a second team nod. Weiner made his collegiate start against Minot State (ND) and became a fixture in the Blue Jay line up and infield after that. Weiner hit .337 on the season for the Jays while hitting his first career home run in a walk-off win over Washington College during the regular season. The second baseman scored 22 runs on the year while posting a .479 slugging percentage and a .375 on base percentage. As a lead off hitter, Weiner hit .458 (11-for-24). Weiner was third on the team fielding 21 doubles plays on the year.
Neverman earned his first all-conference accolades this season as he was named to the All-Centennial second team. Neverman hit .355 for the Jays this season while leading the team and was third in the conference with 60 hits and led the team and conference with 47 runs scored. The shortstop was second on the team with 12 doubles and four home runs while hitting a team-leading two triples. Neverman led the Blue Jays on the base paths, stealing 20 bases in 22 attempts. As a lead off hitter, Neverman led the team with a .513 average (40-for-78) while collecting a team-leading 22 walks. Neverman led the team with 21 multiple hit games and reached base safely in 37 of the 41 games he appeared in this season. The shortstop led the team with a .846 average (11-for-13) with a runner on third and less than two outs while driving in 12 two-out RBIs. Neverman fielded a team-leading 32 of the Blue Jays’ 44 double plays this year.
Johns Hopkins placed three players on the first team, raising its total to 70 first-team All-Centennial selections since 1994. Ursinus is second in the conference with 33 first-teamers, while Franklin & Marshall (29), Gettysburg (19), Haverford (17), Washington College (13), Muhlenberg (12), Dickinson (11), McDaniel (5) and Swarthmore (4) follow.
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