Monday, June 4, 2007
Three Golden Grizzlies earn All-Conference accolades
Three Oakland University baseball players were among the student-athletes honored by the Mid-Continent Conference when it announced its All-Conference teams this evening. Senior Kevin Carkeek and sophomore Justin Wilson earned spots on the first team while sophomore Dan Ryan was named to the second team.
Carkeek led OU with 17 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBI despite missing 13 games due to injury. He maintained a .333 batting average, third on the team, and led the Golden Grizzlies with a .645 slugging percentage. His 17 doubles and .645 slugging percentage were tops in the Mid-Con and he was among the top ten in four additional categories, including home runs (tied for second) and RBI (third). This the second straight year that Carkeek has been named to the All-Conference first team. Prior to joining the Golden Grizzlies last season, Carkeek
played two years at Eastern Illinois, where he earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honorable mention accolades as a freshman.
Wilson played in all 54 games this season, leading the team with a .350 batting average, 200 at bats, 70 hits, 45 runs, two triples and 30 walks. He was second on the team with 12 stolen bases and four home runs. Wilson’s batting average ranked second in the Mid-Con and he was among the league leaders in nine other hitting categories, including hits (third), on base percentage (.443, fifth) and walks (fifth). This is the second year that Wilson has earned All-Conference honors, as he was a member of the second team last year.
Ryan had an immediate impact upon joining the team, earning a starting spot in the lineup after transferring to Oakland from Central Michigan. He played in 50 games, earning 45 starts, and maintained a batting average of .325, fourth on the team. Ryan was second on the team with 11 doubles and tied for fourth with three home runs. He was also among the team leaders with 166 at bats, 54 hits, 39 runs scored and 18 walks. It is the first time that Ryan has earned Mid-Con All-Conference honors. Prior to enrolling at Central Michigan, Ryan played one season at St. Clair Community College where he was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association All-Conference honorable mention.
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