Monday, May 9, 2011

Brua, Phinney earn All-NCAC honors

Left to right: Phil Brua, Max Phinney, Ben Puterbaugh

Avon graduate Phil Brua, Oberlin graduate Max Phinney, along with teammate Ben Puterbaugh earned North Coast Athletic Conference honors, the league office announced on Thursday.

Brua was named to the All-NCAC Second-Team, while Phinney and Puterbaugh were tabbed as honorable-mention selections.

Brua, who split time between the bullpen and starting rotation, finished the season with five saves (third in the NCAC) and three wins. He led the team in appearances (20), innings pitched (51.2) and strikeouts (36). Hitters batted just .213 (second in the NCAC) against the native of nearby Avon, Ohio, who also averaged 6.31 strikeouts per nine innings. He leaves Oberlin as the all-time leader in saves (11) and appearances (65) and is second all-time in wins (15).

Phinney led the Yeomen by hitting .357. He also paced the team in slugging (.470) and RBI’s (28) to go along with three outfield assists. Phinney was second on the team in hits (41), total bases (54) and doubles (8). Furthermore, he set a school record with five sacrifice flies. He departs Oberlin with 101 career hits.

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