CLEVELAND -- The Ohio baseball team placed eight student-athletes on the 2018 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team -- redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Cory Blessing (Mayfield, Ohio), senior infielder Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.), redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.), redshirt senior designated hitter/right-handed pitcher Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), redshirt freshman catcher Dan McCauley (Pittsburgh, Pa.), redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.), junior infielder Rudy Rott(Holmen, Wis.) and redshirt senior left-handed pitcher Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) -- as announced by the league office on Thursday (June 14).
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.
Ohio tied Central Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan for the second-most selections in the conference with eight.
Giannini received recognition for the third year in a row while Blessing, Kamrada, Klein and Rott all earned honors for a second-straight year. McCauley, Roehn and Salisbury all received Academic All-MAC recognition for the first time in their careers.
Pursuing a Coaching Education degree with a 3.282 GPA, Blessing led Ohio's pitching staff with a career-high 28 appearances on the mound, which ranked as the second-most in the MAC. He ranked second on the squad in strikeouts (42), third in ERA (3.35) and fourth in innings pitched (48.1), setting a career high in innings pitched.
A Marketing major with a 3.365 GPA, Giannini started all 53 games to set a career high. He ranked second on the team with a career-high 52 hits, tied for third with a career-high 11 doubles, tied for fourth with a career-high four home runs and ranked fourth in slugging percentage (.380). His .250 batting averaged marked a career high. He ranked fourth on the team with 12 multi-hit games.
A Pre-Exercise Physiology major with a 3.400 GPA, Kamrada ranked third on the pitching staff with a career-high 26 appearances on the mound. His 2.70 ERA ranked as the second-best on the squad. He set a career high with 26.2 innings pitched and tied his career high with 13 strikeouts.
A Finance major with a 3.372 GPA, Klein started 40 of the 42 games he played in, serving primarily as designated hitter. He also started 12 of the 14 games he appeared in on the mound. He ranked second on the team with a .364 on-base percentage and 29 RBIs, tied for fourth with four home runs and ranked fifth with a .365 slugging percentage. He also ranked second on the team with 53.0 innings pitched. Klein was named MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of April 16-23.
A Finance major with a 3.410 GPA, McCauley started 25 of the 33 games he played in, tallying 17 hits – including two home runs.
Pursuing a Coaching Education degree with a 3.501 GPA, Roehn made 25 appearances on the mound to rank fourth on the Ohio pitching staff. He tied for the MAC lead with seven saves and ranked fifth on the squad with 31 strikeouts. A 2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Third Team All-American, Roehn finished his time at Ohio with a school-record 29 career saves over the last three years.
A Sport Management major with a 3.546 GPA, Rott was named the 2018 MAC Player of the Year and earned spots on both the All-MAC First Team and All-MAC Defensive Team. He joined Marc Krauss (2009) and Mitch Longo (2015) as the only Bobcats to receive the MAC Player of the Year award. Rott led Ohio in batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.654), on-base percentage (.440), hits (76), doubles (15), home runs (15), walks (30), RBIs (50) and runs scored (48) in 2018, setting or tying career highs in every category. He also tied for the team lead with two triples. Rott tied for the MAC lead in hits and home runs and ranked second in slugging percentage and RBIs, third in batting average and fifth in runs scored. His 140 total bases were good for a conference-high, ranked 17th in the nation and tied him for the 10th-most in a single season in Ohio history. He led Ohio with 24 multi-hit games -- including a team-high eight with at least three hits -- and also led the Bobcats with 15 multi-RBI games. Defensively, Rott posted a .996 fielding percentage and led Ohio with 467 putouts. He committed just two errors on the season and ranked fourth on the squad with 25 assists and was a part of 47 double plays. In conference play, Rott sported a team-best .333 batting average, a team-best .620 slugging percentage and a team-best .498 on-base percentage. He tallied a team-high 36 hits in league games -- including a team-high eight doubles and seven home runs -- to go along with a team-high 27 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Rott earned MAC Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career on May 14 as well as being named one of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's National Players of the Week after leading the Bobcats in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (1.111), hits (8), home runs (4), RBIs (9), runs scored (8) and home runs (4) the previous week. The honors capped off a stretch in which Rott homered seven times over seven games – including going deep in four-straight games.
Pursuing a Coaching Education degree with a 3.418 GPA, Salisbury made a team-high 14 starts on the mound for the Ohio pitching staff and tied for the team lead with four pitching victories. He also led the team with 82 innings pitched and 60 strikeouts. Salisbury garnered MAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time in his career on April 2 after striking out a career-high 11 and allowing just four hits, no walks and no earned runs over seven innings in a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois on March 31 at Bob Wren Stadium.
2018 Baseball Academic All-MAC Team
T.J. Baker, Ball State, R-Jr., 3.78 GPA, Biology
Colin Brockhouse, Ball State, Sr., 3.409 GPA, Exercise Science
Nick Floyd, Ball State, Jr., 3.491 GPA, Finance
Griffin Hulecki, Ball State, R-Jr., 3.229 GPA, Entrepreneurial Management
Zac Carey, Bowling Green, Sr., 3.948 GPA, Exercise Science
Joe McGuinness, Bowling Green, Jr., 3.728 GPA, Middle Childhood Education
Wes Rickenberg, Bowling Green, Sr., 3.869 GPA, Middle Childhood Education
Chandler Stillings, Bowling Green, So., 3.532 GPA, Finance
Jake Wilson, Bowling Green, So., 3.518 GPA, Pre-Exercise Science
Colton Bradley, Central Michigan, Sr., 3.26 GPA, General Management
Cam Brown, Central Michigan, So., 3.34 GPA, Undecided
Jack Collins, Central Michigan, Jr., 3.35 GPA, Entrepreneurship
Zach Gilles, Central Michigan, So., 3.73 GPA, Undecided
Pat Leatherman, Central Michigan, Jr., 3.23 GPA, Communications
Jake Raether, Central Michigan, So., 3.53 GPA, Undecided
Chase Rollin, Central Michigan, R-Fr., 3.64 GPA, Undecided
Ty Rollin, Central Michigan, Jr., 3.71 GPA, Biology/Biomedical Studies
Luke DeVenney, Eastern Michigan, Sr., 3.85 GPA, Finance
Caleb Hester, Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.21 GPA, Communication
Nick Jones, Eastern Michigan, So., 3.82 GPA, Marketing
Zach Owings, Eastern Michigan, So., 3.84 GPA, Business Management
John Rensel Jr., Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.53 GPA, Chemistry
Max Schuemann, Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.78 GPA, Marketing
Chris Martin, Kent State, Sr., 4.0 GPA, Exercise Physiology
Zach Schultz, Kent State, So., 3.975 GPA, Actuarial Mathematics
Jared Skolnicki, Kent State, Sr., 3.936 GPA, Actuarial Mathematics
Robert Zeigler, Kent State, Sr., 3.733 GPA, Organizational Communications
Mason Mamarella, Kent State, Sr., 3.716 GPA, Marketing
Reilly Hawkins, Kent State, Sr., 3.623 GPA, Business
Nick Kanavas, Kent State, Sr., 3.307 GPA, Political Science
Connor Wollersheim, Kent State, Jr., 3.359 GPA, Communications
Pete Schuler, Kent State, Jr., 3.241 GPA, Organizational Communications
Joey Murray, Kent State, Jr., 3.228 GPA, Business Management
Josh Hollander, Kent State, Jr., 3.222 GPA, Business Management
Cal Elvers, Miami, C/OF, So., 3.27 GPA, Undeclared-Business
Bailey Martin, Miami, RHP, Jr., 3.33 GPA, Finance & Accountancy
Hayden Senger, Miami, C, Jr., 3.42 GPA, Kinesiology/Pre-med
Landon Stephens, Miami, INF, So., 3.64 GPA, Finance
Kyle Winkler, Miami, OF, R-So., 3.90 GPA, Finance & Analytics
Blake Walker, Northern Illinois, So., 3.87 GPA, Kinesiology
Jake Dunham, Northern Illinois, So., 3.76 GPA, Undecided
Matthew Hoffmann, Northern Illinois, Sr., 3.74 GPA. Industrial Management and Technology
William Anderson, Northern Illinois, Jr., 3.52 GPA, Accounting
Andrew Frankenreider, Northern Illinois, Grad., 3.39 GPA, Operations & Information Mgmt.
Josh Mutter, Northern Illinois, R-So., 3.28 GPA, SPED-Learning Behavior Special
Cory Blessing, Ohio, R-Sr., 3.282 GPA, Coaching Education
Tony Giannini, Ohio, Sr., 3.365 GPA, Marketing
Nick Kamrada, Ohio, R-Jr., 3.400 GPA, Pre-Exercise Physiology
Michael Klein, Ohio, R-Sr., 3.372 GPA, Finance
Dan McCauley, Ohio, R-Fr., 3.410 GPA, Finance
Jake Roehn, Ohio, R-Sr., 3.501 GPA, Coaching Education
Rudy Rott, Ohio, Jr., 3.546 GPA, Sport Management
Gerry Salisbury, Ohio, R-Sr., 3.418 GPA, Coaching Education
Ross Adolph, Toledo, Jr., 3.489 GPA, Finance
Brad Boss, Toledo, Sr., 3.214 GPA, Mechanical Engineering
Casey Gose, Toledo, Sr., 3.524 GPA, Marketing
Michael Jacob, Toledo, Jr., 3.889 GPA, Professional Sales/Finance
AJ Montoya, Toledo, Sr., 3.215 GPA, Finance/Information Systems
Joey Prechtel, Toledo, So., 3.934 GPA, Pre-Professional Sales
Sam Shutes, Toledo, Sr., 3.901 GPA, Civil Engineering
Alex Wagner, Toledo, Sr., 3.583 GPA, Finance
Jesse Forestell, Western Michigan, Jr., 3.74 GPA, Marketing
Ethan Hajdukovic, Western Michigan, So., 3.78 GPA, Accounting
Logan Hudson, Western Michigan, R-Fr., 3.77 GPA, Accounting
Chris Modrzynski, Western Michigan, Jr., 3.28 GPA, Speech Pathology/Audiology
Andrew Reisinger, Western Michigan, R-Sr., 3.79 GPA, Management
Andrew Stone, Western Michigan, R-Jr., 3.73 GPA, Sports Management
Jack Szott, Western Michigan, R-So., 3.93 GPA, Accounting
Tyler Thorington, Western Michigan, So., 3.76 GPA, Business