College Baseball

Eight QU baseball players earn All-GLVC honors

JC DeMuri
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 12, 2018 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The success of the Quincy University baseball team has led to a bevy of postseason honors.

Eight Hawks earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division recognition, with Quincy earning a division-leading six first-team nods.

Senior outfielder J.C. DeMuri, who began the season in right field but moved to center field following Nolan Snyder's season-ending injury, was one of two unanimous first-team selections. The other was Maryville third baseman Dalton Schumer, who played for the Quincy Gems last summer.

DeMuri hit .329 overall in the regular season with 14 doubles, nine home runs and 46 RBIs. In GLVC play, he was the Hawks' best hitter, averaging .356 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBIs. He also was flawless in center field, with 43 putouts, one assist and no errors in 24 league games.

QU's other first-team selections were senior shortstop Brynn Martinez, junior second baseman Cody Birdsong, junior outfielder Chandler Purcell, junior right-hander Nick Stroud and senior closer Cole Crawford.

Martinez is a four-time All-GLVC honoree, having been named to the second team the previous three years. He batted .346 in the regular season with 57 runs scored and led the Hawks with 25 stolen bases.

Birdong, a junior college transfer, stepped in as the starting second baseman and became the Hawks' most consistent hitter. He led the team with a .374 average in the regular season to go along with 48 runs scored and 49 RBIs. He also led the Hawks with 12 home runs and 14 doubles.

Purcell found a home in left field. He hit .343 with 48 hits, five doubles and six home runs. He's been solid in the outfield, too, committing one error in 30 chances in league play.

Stroud was a workhorse on the mound. He went 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA, striking out 79 in 53 1/3 innings. He threw a complete-game shutout at Rockhurst and went at least five innings in all but one GLVC start.

Crawford had four saves and a victory in 11 appearances in GLVC play. He has nine saves, two victories and a 3.57 ERA in 21 appearances.

Sophomore designated hitter Michael Nielsen and junior right-handed reliever Karl Hirsch were second-team selections. Nielsen hit .280 in conference play with seven home run and 21 RBIs, including a game-winning home run against Maryville. Hirsch was the Hawks' most consistent reliever, fashioning a 1.10 ERA in nine appearance in GLVC play. He struck out 12 and allowed just two earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.

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