College notes: Michigan a hit with Big Ten baseball awards
On the eve of the Big Ten baseball tournament, the conference announced its postseason award winners Tuesday.
Michigan junior outfielder Jonathan Englemann and sophomore designated hitter Dominic Clementi made first-team All-Big Ten, while no Michigan State players made first-team, second-team or third-team.
Englemann has started all 51 of Michigan's games in center field, and has hit .359 with six homers, 43 RBIs and a team-leading 12 doubles and 71 hits.
Clementi leads the Wolverines with a .481 on-base percentage, is second with a .585 slugging percentage and is third with a .358 batting average.
Other Big Ten award winners:
■ Second-team: Michigan freshman outfielder Jordan Nwogu (Ann Arbor Pioneer), Michigan sophomore starting pitcher Tommy Henry (Portage Northern).
■ Third-team: Michigan freshman starting pitcher Ben Dragani, Michigan sophomore starting pitcher Karl Kauffmann (Birmingham Brother Rice).
■ All-Freshman Team: Michigan first baseman Jesse Franklin, Michigan outfielder Jordan Nwogu, Michigan starting pitcher Ben Dragani, Michigan State third baseman Zach Iverson, Michigan State starting pitcher Mason Erla (Cass City), Michigan State utilityman Zach Iverson.
Sophomore Harrison Salter (Orchard Lake St. Mary's) was Michigan's winner of the Sportsmanship Award, while Kory Young (Rockford) won it for Michigan State.
Michigan (32-19, 15-8 Big Ten) opens Big Ten tournament play against Iowa on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Michigan State (20-30, 11-12) opens against regular-season champion Minnesota in the double-elimination tournament.
In Mid-American Conference baseball awards, Eastern Michigan sophomore third baseman Zachary Owings (Saline), Western Michigan junior shortstop Connor Smith (Midland Dow) and Central Michigan freshman designated hitter Griffin Lockwood-Powell earned first-team honors.
Other MAC award winners:
■ Second-team: Western Michigan junior outfielder Nate Grys (Madison Heights Bishop Foley), Western Michigan junior starting pitcher Nic Laio, Eastern Michigan senior starting pitcher Luke Devenney, Eastern Michigan junior at-large Max Schuemann (Portage Northern), Central Michigan junior starting pitcher Pat Leatherman (Jenison)
■ All-Defensive Team: Eastern Michigan sophomore third baseman Zachary Owings.
In the MAC tournament in Avon, Ohio, Eastern Michigan (22-32, 14-13 MAC) plays Ball State at 12:30 Wednesday, and Central Michigan (25-28-1, 16-11) plays Toledo at 6 Wednesday. Western Michigan didn't make the six-team field.
In Horizon League awards, Oakland redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Lee (Milford) made second-team, and infielder Mario Camilletti (Sterling Heights Stevenson) made the All-Freshman Team. Oakland (15-31, 12-14) opens the Horizon League tournament against Youngstown State at noon Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.
This and that
■ Michigan hockey, fresh off a Frozen Four appearance, has named rising senior defenseman Joseph Cecconi its captain for 2018-19.
In more college-hockey news, the Big Ten released its schedule this week. Michigan and Michigan State are set to play Nov. 30 (East Lansing) and Dec. 1 (Ann Arbor), and Feb. 8 (Ann Arbor) and Feb. 9 (likely Little Caesars Arena in Detroit). Michigan also will play a game against Penn State at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 26, as part of another "Super Saturday" event, with Illinois and Maryland playing the men's basketball portion of the doubleheader.
■ Some CMU men's basketball nuggets. For starters, Chippewas will play in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas in mid-November, and will open against Cal-State Bakerfield. The Chippewas beat the Roadrunners in the final of last year's Great Alaska Shootout. Also in the field are San Jose State and Weber State. Also recently, coach Keno Davis added some small-college transfers, including forward Romelo Burrell (John A. Logan College, Carterville, Ill.) and guard Dallas Morgan (Moberly, Mo., Area Community College).
■ Former WMU baseball player Frank Quilici, who led the Broncos to College World Series appearances in 1959 and 1961, died last week at the age of 79. He was an inaugural member of the WMU athletics Hall of Fame (1973), and had a longtime affiliation with the Minnesota Twins, as a player, manager and broadcaster.
■ Highland Park native Oties Epps has joined the Detroit Mercy women's basketball team as an assistant. He most recently worked at Cleveland State.
■ EMU women's basketball landed guard Areanna Combs, a transfer from Oklahoma State.