Spring Standouts

The Spectrum’s sports staff hands out midseason awards

On April 8, 2014

  • Senior pitcher/infielder Mike Burke has made an impact for the baseball team both on the mound and at the plate this season. Chad Cooper, The Spectrum
  • Senior pitcher Tori Speckman has started 21 of the softball team’s 31 games, and she threw a no-hitter Saturday. Yusong Shi, The Spectrum
  • Senior Tanvi Shah is Bulls’ No.1 singles player and also excels on the No.1 doubles team. Yusong Shi, The Spectrum
  • Junior Sebastian Ionescu is 10-8 in singles play this season, and he clinched the Bulls’ first MAC win over Western Michigan. Yusong Shi, The Spectrum

Baseball (13-12, 4-4 Mid-American Conference)

MVP: Mike Burke, senior pitcher/infielder

Burke has made a major impact both on the mound and at the plate thus far this season. He is 4-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 44 strikeouts. When he's not pitching, Burke starts in the infield, and he's posted an equally impressive season at the plate. He is batting .319 with 15 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with three home runs.

Surprise Star: Anthony Magovney, junior pitcher

After winning seven games all of last season, Magovney is 5-0 this season and has lowered his ERA nearly three whole runs from last season - from 4.26 to 1.65.

Softball (16-15, 1-1 MAC)

MVP: Tori Speckman, senior pitcher

Speckman is the Bulls' ace, starting 21 of the team's 31 games and pitching 16 complete games. The senior pitcher has a 2.24 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Speckman threw just the third no-hitter in program history Saturday against Ohio. She has 37 career victories, only six away from breaking the program record for most career wins.

Surprise Star: Holly Luciano, senior outfielder

After batting .188 and hitting one home run with seven RBIs last year, Luciano has had a bounce-back season. The senior outfielder leads the team in RBIs (22) and is second on the team in batting average (.319).

Women's Tennis (12-4, 3-2 MAC)

MVP: Tanvi Shah, senior

Shah is the Bulls' No. 1 singles player and also plays on the No. 1 doubles team, posting impressive records in both. She has gone 10-4 at No. 1 singles and 11-3 in doubles play with her partner, senior Miranda Podlas, this season.

Surprise Stars: Margarita Kotok and Laura Holterbosch, freshmen

The freshman duo has gone an impressive 10-1 in doubles play. They started 10-0 before falling at third doubles in the Bulls' last match against Ball State Saturday. In singles play, Kotok and Holterbosch have a combined record of 24-9.

Men's Tennis (11-5, 1-1 MAC)

MVP: Sebastian Ionescu, junior

Ionescu is second on the Bulls in singles wins with 10, including a 6-2 record at No. 2 singles. He has also gone 8-5 in doubles with partner sophomore Pablo Alvarez. Ionescu clinched the Bulls' first MAC win of the season over Western Michigan Sunday with a third-set winner-take-all tiebreaker victory at second singles.

Surprise Star: Sergio Arevalillo, sophomore

Arevalillo leads the team in singles (12) and doubles (nine) victories after going just 3-8 and 1-7 in singles and doubles, respectively, as a freshman.

Men's Lacrosse (5-3, 0-1 Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League)

MVP: Julian Kann, junior attack

Kann leads the team in points (17) and is second on the team in goals (10). The junior has scored a goal in every game this season.

Surprise Star: Ben Ott, freshman midfielder

In his first season, the freshman is tied for second on the team in points (15) and tied for fourth in goals (six).

 

email: sports@ubspectrum.com


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