Dayton, OHIO (WDTN) – After winning the Horizon League regular season championship for the third season in a row, Wright State baseball teams have received 11 Horizon League awards, the league office announced Tuesday, with Quincy Hamilton earning Player of the Year awards and head coach Alex Sogard winning his second straight Coach of the Year Award.
In addition to the major awards, the Raiders placed five players on the All-League First Team, with Tyler Black, Austin Cline, Sammy Sass and Alec Sayre joining Hamilton. The Three Raiders – Bradley Brehmer, Damon Dues and Zane Harris – earned Second Team awards, while Jake Shirk earned All-Freshman Team awards. (All-Freshman qualification was limited to those players who spent their first year of collegiate qualification in 2021.)
Hamilton’s honor marked the third straight award season that Wright State has won HL Player of the Year awards, after Peyton Burdick in 2019 and Gabe Snyder in 2018. Awards were not handed out due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 season. Wright State has won eight Player of the Year awards in total, all since the 2007 season.
Sogard won Coach of the Year for the second straight award season after earning the award in the 2019 campaign, becoming the third Raider head coach to win several HL coaches for the year, joining former Wright State skippers Rob Cooper (2010, 2011 ) and Greg Lovelady (2014, 2016) with that distinction. Wright State coaches date back to the 2010 season, having won seven of the 12 awards for Coach of the Year (Sogard, Cooper, Lovelady and Jeff Mercer (2018)). Legendary Raider head coach Ron Nischwitz was the 2004 HL coach of the year.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hamilton has appeared in and started all 43 Wright State games, hitting an overall average of .358 with 17 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 53 RBIs with 70 points, with his stroke average improved to .412 in the Horizon League- competitions. , with the majority of his output – 14 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 46 RBIs – coming against league opponents. Hamilton has had 15 multi-hit games this season with eight games with three or more hits and 14 multi-RBI games. He hit at least one home run in six of eight Horizon League series. He leads the Horizon League in: percentage on base (.521), scores (70), RBI (55) and doubles (17). Hamilton is top 5 in the league in: slugging percentage (.717), home runs (12, second) and trips (49, second).
FIRST LAYER ALL-HORIZON
Black hit a total average of .379 in the regular season with 13 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 47 RBIs with 56 points. Black has scored 17 multi-hit games this season with nine games with three or more hits, including a five-hit game at Purdue Fort Wayne in May, with 15 multi-RBI games. Sass enters the mail season and hits. 381 in total with 11 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 55 RBI with 42 points scored. He has had 13 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games.
Sayre recorded a total average of .414 with nine doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 39 RBIs with 37 runs during the regular season, counting 13 multi-hit matches this season with eight multi-RBI matches. Cline appeared in 12 games with nine starts as Wright State’s Sunday starter this spring, going 7-1 and throwing 63.0 total innings with a 3.00 ERA and 82 strikes against just 11 total extra base hits against him. In Horizon League action, he was a perfect 7-0 in 46.0 innings with 63 strikes, holding the HL balls to an average of 0.230 against him, while recording three double-digit strikes.
SECOND TEAM ALL-HORIZON
The Dues averaged 0.321 during the regular season with six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 33 RBIs with 56 points. He had 17 multi-hit games this season with 15 multi-RBI games. Harris hit a .349 overall average with 13 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 48 RBIs with 30 laps scored in the regular season, including 10 multi-hit games this season and 14 multi-RBI games.
Brehmer appeared in 12 games with 12 starts, went 7-3 and threw 64.2 total innings with a 3.76 ERA and 80 strikes against 19 total extra-base hits against him. In the Horizon League action, he was 6-2 on 47.2 innings with 64 strikes, holding the HL bullets to an average of .217 against him, while counting a couple of 11 strike performances.
Shirk appeared in 10 games in relief, including seven in Horizon League action, and threw 16.2 total laps with a 2.70 ERA (5 earned races allowed) and 12 strikes against 17 total hits against him. He has a 6-0 record in relief, with five coming in Horizon League appearances, while keeping opponents at a stroke level of 0.270 against him.
Wright State is the top-ranked player in this week’s 2021 Horizon League Championship and starts playing against No. 4 seed Milwaukee on Thursday morning with a first pitch at 11.