Thursday, May 21, 2009

Carter caps off college baseball career with All-NCAC Honorable Mention

Admiral King’s P.J. Carter capped off his baseball career at Oberlin College, being named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference Honorable-Mention Team, announced on Wednesday.

Carter won the award as a pitcher, but was also a big contributor at the plate as he finished second on the Yeomen in doubles (nine) and RBIs (22). On the mound, Carter made 12 relief appearances, earning a 2-0 record with three saves. In 21 2/3 innings pitched, Carter recorded 18 strikeouts and walked only five.

Carter officially ended his college career last week, working two scoreless innings to pick up the win for Oberlin, as they split a doubleheader with Hiram in the last games of the season.

The Terriers walked-off in the bottom of the seventh in game one to win 6-5, but the Yeomen used a big sixth inning to prevail in the nightcap, 11-7.

In the game two win, Western Reserve’s Brandon Cantrill hit a two-run double in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third to pace Oberlin, who improved to 15-25 on the season, two wins shy of the season-record of 17, set in 2007.

Avon’s Phil Brua also added an RBI single. He also threw 2 1/3 innings in relief in the game one loss. He was tagged with the loss, despite allowing just three hits and one run.

Carter leaves Oberlin as their all-time single-season saves leader, as well as hitting 10 career home runs as designated hitter.

Brua, a sophomore, went 3-6 on the mound in 10 starts. He pitched two complete games and struck out 36.

Cantrill, a sophomore catcher, batted .302 in 38 starts with seven doubles, 11 stolen bases, 14 runs and 24 RBIs. He also went 1-0 as a pitcher, pitching 9 1/3 innings in four appearances.

Sophomore Max Phinney (Oberlin) and freshman Jared Ramirez (Brookside) have also gotten some playing time. Phinney has made 14 appearances, including four starts and batted .190. Ramirez, who also played on the basketball team in the winter, has made 10 appearances, pitching 8 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.

Also joining Oberlin’s baseball team next season are Clearview's John Rosser and Midview's Nick Miller. Rosser will also play football.

Oberlin’s head coach is Amherst graduate Eric Lahetta, while Lorain Catholic grad Adrian Abrahamowicz is the assistant.

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