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May 15, 2013

Pitcher Lopez makes First Team All-Conference for UCO

Six other Bronchos earn honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pitcher Edgar Lopez led seven Central Oklahoma players named to the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association baseball teams, the league announced.

Lopez was a first-team selection, while pitcher Ethan Sharp, designated hitter Matt Malloy, shortstop Cesar Wong, third baseman Matt Johnson and outfielders Tyler Crabtree and Jared Wright all earned honorable mention honors.

A senior from Yuma, Ariz., Lopez posted an 8-3 record heading into the semifinals of the MIAA Post-season Tournament. The crafty right-hander entered that contest with a 3.86 earned run average and had struck out 78 batters in 84 innings.

Sharp, a junior from Eufaula, is 3-0 with five saves and a 3.08 ERA as a starter-reliever. Malloy is hitting .327 and the Cincinnati, Ohio junior has added 11 doubles, seven home runs and 34 runs batted in.

A junior from Panama City, Panama, Wong entered Thursday’s game with a .347 average that included eight doubles, five homers and 28 RBIs. Johnson, a junior from Asher, is batting .313 with 20 doubles, nine homers and 48 RBI.

Crabtree is the team’s leading hitter at .348 and the McAlester junior also has a .514 on-base percentage with 11 doubles, seven homers and 28 RBI. He’s been hit by pitch a nation-leading 40 times, just one off the NCAA Division II single-season record.

Wright, a senior from Oklahoma City, suffered a season-ending injury on April 9.  He batted .310 with nine homers and 32 RBI.

All-MIAA Team

Player of the Year: Michael Schulze, SS, Missouri Western

Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Simmons, P, Missouri Western

Freshman of the Year: Anthony Pacheco, OF, Nebraska-Kearney

Coach of the Year: Buzz Verduzco, Missouri Western

First Team

Starting Pitcher: Edgar Lopez, Sr., Central Oklahoma

Starting Pitcher: Matt Stalcup, Sr., Pittsburg State

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Simmons, Sr., Missouri Western

Relief Pitcher: Andrew Urban, Sr., Central Missouri

Catcher: Chase Graskewicz, Sr., Central Missouri

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