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Baseball Has Three Named All-Mideast Region

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: June 12, 2014
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Ball State’s baseball team was represented by three student-athletes – Sean Godfrey, Zach Plesac and T.J. Weir – on the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings All-Mideast Region Team.

Godfrey and Plesac were named to the first team, while Weir was selected to the second team.  Godfrey was chosen as an outfielder, while Plesac and Weir were named as starting pitchers.

“Great to see Sean, Zach and T.J. recognized for their outstanding seasons,” Ball State baseball head coach Rich Maloney said.  “This honor is well deserved.”

Godfrey, who was named to the Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball All-America Third Team, was named the 2014 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year as a senior outfielder.  He batted .333 in 237 at-bats for the Cardinals in 2014 with nine home runs, 22 doubles and 57 runs-batted-in.  Godfrey ranks nationally in doubles (9th), runs-batted-in (17th), total bases (30th with 128) and hits (45th with 79). 

Plesac, a freshman pitcher in 2014, was also named to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team.  He was named the Collegiate Baseball National Freshman Pitcher of the Year and was named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.  The 2014 MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year, Plesac was 12-2 with six saves for the Cardinals this season.  He tallied a 2.11 earned-run average and ranks fourth in the nation in pitching victories.  A three-time MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week, Plesac struck out 67 batters in 85.1 innings pitched in 2014.

Weir, a senior for the Cardinals in 2014, ranks ninth in the nation with 117 strikeouts and 15th nationally with 16 games started on the mound.  He finished second in the MAC in strikeouts and tied for third in pitching victories (8), while ranking tied for third in games started and fourth with 99.2 innings pitched.  Weir struck out a career-high 14 batters versus Western Michigan April 19, which was the highest single-game total by a MAC pitcher this season.  He struck out at least eight batters in seven outings this year plus hit three home runs, with five doubles, two triples and 17 RBI in his 109 at-bats.  Weir completed the season with an 8-2 pitching record and a 3.61 earned-run average.

Weir was selected in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball 2014 Draft with the 507th pick overall by the San Diego Padres, while Godfrey was a 22nd-round pick by the Atlanta Braves.

The trio helped Ball State to a 39-18 overall record, a 22-4 MAC mark, the MAC Regular-Season Championship and a MAC West Division title.

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