CLEVELAND, Ohio – The top three hitters for the Miami University baseball team were honored by the Mid-American Conference for their work in the classroom.
Senior third baseman Dan Walsh (Downers Grove, Ill./South), junior catcher Max Andresen (Granger, Ind./Penn) and junior shortstop Ryan Elble (East Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids) were all placed on the Academic All-MAC team, the league office announced on Monday.
Walsh enjoyed a career season for the Red and White, hitting .313 with a team-high 70 hits to earn First-Team All-MAC honors. He both scored and drove in 33 runs while finishing second on the team with 21 walks against only 10 strikeouts in 224 at-bats. His 22 multi-hit games also led the RedHawks in 2014. The senior posted a 3.40 grade-point average as a kinesiology major.
Andresen also put together the best year of his career to date, finishing second on the team with a .314 average. His .451 slugging percentage was the third-best mark on the team. He also drove in 28 runs and scored 25 times. A business economics and finance major, Andresen boasts a 3.56 GPA.
Elble led the RedHawks with a career-high .317 average and a .395 on-base percentage while his .489 slugging percentage ranked second on the team. He finished second on the team with 35 RBI and 32 runs scored despite starting only 40 of the team’s 57 games. Elble is a finance major with a 3.46 GPA.
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. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.