Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Brua and Cantrill among Yeomen honored by NCAC

Phil Brua shown pitching
Four Oberlin College baseball players were honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Highlighting the honorees were All-NCAC First-Team selections Avon’s Phil Brua and Ben Puterbaugh. Western Reserve’s Brandon Cantrill and Jack Dunn garnered honorable-mention accolades.

Brua dominated on the mound this season as he set the school record for saves in a season (six) and tied the Oberlin mark for wins with a record of 6-3. His 2.78 ERA was third best in the league, while his opposition batting average of .227 tied for tops in the NCAC.

The sidearm specialist recorded almost nine strikeouts per nine innings. He totaled a team-high 55 innings, while making a school-record 22 appearances and racking up 50 strikeouts along the way.

Cantrill was the main backstop for the Yeomen and finished second on the team with a .328 batting average. He led the team with four home runs and joined Puterbaugh as the only players to start all 37 games. He finished second on the team in hits (38) and slugging (.543).

Last week, Brua pitched a two-hit complete-game shutout against Allegheny College to keep Oberlin alive for a postseason berth in the NCAC Tournament.

However, Oberlin lost the last three games, finishing the season 18-19 overall and 8-8 in the NCAC East, and missed qualifying for its first ever NCAC Tournament appearance. The 18 wins by the Yeomen surpasses that of the 2007 squad that finished 17-23 overall. The eight conference wins is also the most since 1986 when Oberlin finished 9-11 in league play.

Brua (6-2) took a no-hitter into sixth inning before giving up a single. He allowed just one more hit the rest of the way and struck out eight batters in the game.

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