Baseball Lands Five Student-Athletes on 2011 All-UAA Teams
2011 ALL-UAA HONOREES
St. Louis, Mo., May 12, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had five-student athletes earn 2011 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors, it was announced Thursday by the Association.
The Bears boasted a conference-best four student-athletes on the All-UAA first-team, with junior Brandon Rogalski, sophomore Stephen Bonser, senior Travis May, and freshman Kyle Billig each earning the distinction for the first time in their careers.
Additionally senior first baseman Matt Skinner garnered second-team all-conference honors for the first time.
Rogalski turned in one of the most impressive offensive seasons in Washington University history, hitting a team-leading .438 while setting new school single-season records with 60 RBIs and 74 base hits. He ranks third in Division III in hits and RBIs, fourth with 122 total bases and fifth with 20 doubles.
Rogalski tied with UAA Player of the Year Chad Mullins for the league lead in slugging percentage (.722) and total bases, while standing second in the conference in hits, batting average and RBIs and fifth in runs scored. He had a 12-game hitting streak during the middle of the season and posted at least one base hit in 15-straight games to end the year.
Billig stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Bears during his rookie season, ranking fifth on the team with .342 batting average while setting a new Washington University single-season record with 34 stolen bases, which led the UAA and ranks sixth in Division III. He scored a team-high 52 runs, the fourth-highest total in the conference and 14th most in the country, and also notched 14 doubles, three triples and 22 RBIs.
May started all 46 games at second base for Washington University and turned in the finest year of his career, ranking third on the team with a .354 batting average while driving in 41 runs. He went 3-for-3 with six RBIs in a win over Knox College on April 3 and knocked in five more runs in a victory against Millikin University on April 28.
Bonser established himself as an ace on the mound, leading Washington University with six victories and a 3.33 earned run average. His ERA ranked fourth in the UAA while his opponent batting average of .250 was second in the league.
Bonser recorded six complete games and three shutouts in 10 starts and capped off his successful season by tossing a no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over Fontbonne University on May 1. He fanned a career-best nine batters in the win and was one fielding error shy of a perfect game.
Skinner started all 46 games at first base for Washington University, hitting a career-best .347 with 29 RBIs, a pair of home runs and 14 doubles. He made just six errors in the field all season and finished with a .983 fielding percentage. Skinner was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three doubles against Illinois College on March 22, and went 6-for-9 in a double header at DePauw University on April 30.
Washington University concluded the regular season with a 29-17 overall record, with the 46 games played representing a new single-season school record. The Bears, who are currently ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Central Region will now wait to see if they qualify for an at-large berth into the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament when this year’s tournament field is announced on Monday, May 16.