MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa - The Midwest Collegiate Conference announced its 2012 baseball all-conference teams Friday afternoon and four members of Ashford University have been recognized by the league.
Outfielder Gary Mayberry, starting pitcher Pat Macaione and infielders Damil Reyes and R.J. Roberts have all been named to the Honorable Mention All-MCC team after their outstanding play this season. In addition, Mayberry was one of nine members of the conference to land on the All-MCC Gold Glove team.
Mayberry, a junior from Darien, Ill., started all 53 games for AU this season and hit .339 by smacking 63 hits in 186 plate appearances. He notched seven doubles, seven triple and led the team with five home runs while driving home 32 base runners. Mayberry also scored on 42 occasions, stole 17 bases and committed just three errors after patrolling center field in every start this year.
By the numbers, Mayberry concluded the season ranked first in the league in triples, second in runs scored and third in overall hits.
AU ace, Macaione, made 11 starts on the hill this season while recording a 2.31 earned run average, second best in the MCC, and a 4-5 record in 58.1 innings of work. The Norridge, Ill.-native fanned 59 batters and surrendered just 26 free passes while tossing four complete games in 2012.
Opponents hit just .188 against the southpaw, ranking as the lowest batting average allowed by any pitcher in the MCC
Reyes boasts the best batting average on the Ashford team and sixth-best in the MCC this season. The Caracas, Venezuela-native hit .361 in 52 games and includes 61 hits in 169 plate appearances. He slugged 16 doubles, two triples and four home runs while driving home 36 runners and scoring on 29 occasions. Reyes was also charged with just ten errors in 214 chances as the everyday starter at second base.
Freshman shortstop, Roberts, made his first season in an Ashford uniform count by tallying the tenth-best batting average in the conference, .345, while making 49 starts. The Rockford, Ill.-native blasted 58 hits in 168 at bats while included four doubles and a pair of triple. He also stole 10 bases and scored 33 runs for AU in 2012.
Thirty-six total student-athletes were chosen as part of the all-conference teams as voted by the coaches and nine were chosen to the Gold Glove Team.
Iowa Wesleyan's Michael Mendoza and Jacob Sanchez earned MCC Player of the Year and MCC Pitcher of the Year accolades, respectively while Lou Yacinich of Grand View and Jim Callahan of St. Ambrose were named MCC Co-Coaches of the Year.