FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Case Western Reserve University senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) has been selected as D3Baseball.com's Player of the Year as well as a 2011 first-team All-American, announced the site on Wednesday, May 25.
Mullins batted .437, hit eight home runs and led the nation with 71 runs batted-in during a historic season for the record-breaking Spartan baseball team. CWRU (33-15 overall) broke the school-record for wins for a second straight season and earned the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in program history.
"Chad has been a tremendous player and leader for us for four years," said fifth-year head coach Matt Englander. "His work ethic and determination to be the best player he could be truly led the way for our program and was exemplary of the efforts that all of our seniors put in. There is no doubt that he is deserving of this award and has set the bar high for future generations of Spartan baseball players."
Also the University Athletic Association Player of the Year, Mullins led the Spartans in batting for the fourth consecutive season and was named All-UAA for a fourth consecutive season in addition to earning conference player of the week honors on three separate occasions.
He ranked in the top-10 nationally in hits (83), runs scored (58) and total bases (125). In the UAA, Mullins posted top-five numbers in 13 different categories and topped the UAA in hits (83), RBI (71) and total bases (125), while tying for the conference lead in home runs (8) and sacrifice flies (6).
For his career, the third baseman stacks up as the Spartans' all-time leader in nine different statistical categories, including batting average (.409), at-bats (643), runs scored (160), hits (263), doubles (61), games played (178), RBI (185), total bases (397) and most times hit by pitch (26). He also ranks in the top-10 all-time in five other categories.