Mullins Named UAA Player of the Year, Five Spartans Earn All-Association Honors

(L-R): Chad Mullins, Steve Bills, Matt Keen
(L-R): Chad Mullins, Steve Bills, Matt Keen

Complete 2011 All-Association Baseball Team (.pdf)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University baseball landed five of its players on the 2011 All-University Athletic Association team and senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) was named the conference's Player of the Year, announced the UAA office on Thursday, May 12.

In addition to Mullins' fourth consecutive All-UAA selection, CWRU landed four more of its players on the All-Association squad. Sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) earned first-team honors while junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) and sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) were second-team picks.

Mullins, now a three-time first-team All-UAA pick, has been of the nation's top hitters this season. He has started all 43 games and batted .473 with eight homeruns and 68 runs batted-in. Currently leading the UAA in each of the triple crown categories, Mullins also leads the nation in RBI, while ranking second in hits (80) and fourth in average. He is the CWRU career leader in average (.418), hits (260), RBI (183), runs (157) and doubles (61). Mullins is also one long ball away from tying the school-record for homers (22). A three-time UAA Athlete of the Week in 2011, Mullins was honored at last week's CWRU All-Sports Banquet with the Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year award. 

Keen, last year's UAA Rookie of the Year, has started all 43 games and leads the nation in runs scored (64) while ranking 10th in hits (68). He has batted .384 with 34 RBI, 14 doubles, four triples and has struck out only seven times in 177 official at-bats. Keen is also a perfect 11-of-11 in stolen base attempts. Earlier this week, he was named a second-team Capital One Academic All-District IV selection.

Bills hit .309 with a pair of homers and 19 RBI in 30 games played. He will leave the program as one of the most productive catchers in CWRU history, batting .275 (124-of-451) with seven HRs, 82 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 146 games behind the plate. Bills, also a member of the 2011 UAA Championship All-Tournament Team, was a second-team All-UAA selection in both 2010 and 2009.

Alexander has had his best season as a collegian after moving to the outfield full-time. In 42 games, he's batting .387 with four homers, 51 RBI and a team-best 19 doubles and five triples. He was a two-time UAA Player of the Week and an All-Tournament team selection.

Ossola, also a second-team pick as a freshman in 2010, has followed up his stellar rookie campaign by batting .314 with three HRs, 49 RBI and 12 doubles.

The Spartans finished the regular season with a school-record 30 wins (30-13 overall). Currently ranked third in the Mideast Region, Case is looking to receive a Pool B or Pool C bid into the NCAA Championship Tournament. The field is expected to be announced this Sunday, May 15.