Maue & CWRU Coaching Staff Receive Top UAA Baseball Honors; Five Total Spartans Selected to All-UAA Teams

Maue & CWRU Coaching Staff Receive Top UAA Baseball Honors; Five Total Spartans Selected to All-UAA Teams

Case Western Reserve University junior second baseman Rocco Maue was named the University Athletic Association Position Player of the Year, leading a list of five Spartans earning All-UAA recognition for the 2018 season, while the CWRU Coaching Staff, led by Head Coach Matt Englander, was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

Englander, along with assistants Nick Callahan, Branden Stucky and Andrew Rossman received the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for the first time in the program's history.  The group helped lead the team to a 26-10 overall record, with the squad ranking as high as 10th in Division III during the season.  The Spartans won their third UAA Championship overall and the first outright title in program history in 2018, going 12-5 in conference play.  The team's 23 wins over the first two years of UAA site play are more than any other UAA squad.

Maue becomes the sixth player in program history to be named the UAA Player of the Year, and the first since Andrew Gronski in 2014.  Other past Spartans to have garnered the honor included Jarrett Gish (2013), Chad Mullins (2011), Scott Feskanich (1997) and Lance Sparks (1995).  Maue shared the Position Player of the Year award with Colman Hendershot of New York University.

Maue hit .338 (23-for-68) during the team's 16 UAA games, leading all conference players with 20 runs and six home runs in league games.  He added five doubles, five walks, and seven stolen bases on eight attempts in UAA games, while driving in 14 runs.  Overall for the season, he is hitting .349 with 47 runs scored, 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 21 stolen bases on 22 attempts, while committing just five errors at second base for a .975 fielding percentage.  Maue was named to the Team of the Week on March 20th and received UAA Athlete of the Week honors on March 19th and April 2nd.

Maue also earned a spot on the All-UAA First Team, while senior infielder/ outfielder Alex Capetillo, senior pitcher Liam Killingstad, freshman pitcher Matt Levine and senior pitcher Ben Murphy were each selected to the all-conference second team.

Prior to 2012, the All-UAA Team and Player of the Year (Most Valuable Player) awards were selected entirely based on play at the annual conference tournament.  Starting in 2012, separate all-tournament and all-conference teams were selected, until the introduction of site play in the UAA starting in 2017, which precluded the need for an all-tournament team.  The Coaching Staff of the Year award was introduced in 2015, while the Player of the Year award was divided into two separate awards – Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year – starting in 2017.

Capetillo played in 12 UAA games during the season, leading all UAA players with a .480 batting average and finishing second in the conference with 24 hits in league play.  He scored nine runs and drove in 10, while collecting five doubles, a home run, five walks, and five stolen bases on seven attempts.  For the year, Capetillo is leading all CWRU players with a .480 batting average (45-of-92), while amassing 21 runs, nine doubles, three home runs, 21 RBIs and eight stolen bases, and seeing time at various positions, including third base, leftfield and as the designated hitter.  He was named the UAA Hitter of the Week on April 9th and May 7th.

Killingstad leads all UAA players and is 17th among Division III players with eight saves this season, one short of the program's single-season record.  He made six appearances out of the bullpen in league play, recording four saves and going 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA, whule striking out nine batters in 7.1 innings and holding the opposition to a .179 batting average.  Overall for the season, 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 17.1 innings and 13 appearances, while limiting opposing hitters to just seven hits (all singles) for a .119 average.  Killingstad was named to the Team of the Week on March 13th.

In his first collegiate season, Levine has gone 5-1 with a 3.35 ERA over eight starts and 43.0 innings of work.  He led all of the team's starters in conference play, going 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA during 25.1 innings on the hill over four starts, and held opponents to a .255 average.  Included in his starts was a complete-game six-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Emory on April 1, earning him UAA Athlete of the Week honors.

Murphy leads all CWRU starting pitchers this season with a 2.72 ERA, going 4-1 over his nine starts.  He has struck out 31 batters over his 49.2 innings on the mound, while limiting opponents to a .253 average.  In conference play, he went 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA over four starts, striking out 18 batters in 23.2 innings and allowing a .215 opponents' batting average.  Murphy was named the UAA Pitcher of the Week on April 9th after holding Brandeis to one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts over 7.2 innings.

This was the first career All-UAA honor for each of the five CWRU players.

The Spartans, who were ranked 27th in this week's ABCA/ Collegiate Baseball poll and received votes in the Top-25, will conclude their 2018 regular season this weekend with a three-game series against the University of Chicago.  The series will begin with a doubleheader against the Maroons at noon on Saturday, May 12th at Nobby's Ballpark in Cleveland, Ohio.