GREENWOOD, Indiana – The Earlham College baseball team swept the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) awards as senior Nate Lynch was named Most Valuable Player, senior Howie Smith garnered Most Outstanding Pitcher honors, and head coach Steve Sakosits was named Coach of the Year.
Lynch led the HCAC in batting average (.411) and stolen bases (46) while also leading the Quakers in hits (69). The program's career leader in hits, runs scored, and stolen bases, Lynch, who broke HCAC records for hits and stolen bases in a season, also leads NCAA Division III in stolen bases and is No. 2 in stolen bases per game (1.15). He is being honored as an All-HCAC First Team selection for the first time in his career after being named Honorable Mention All-HCAC the previous two seasons.
Smith is Earlham's career wins leader (22) and boasts a 2.47 ERA with an 8-3 record this season. He leads the Quakers in innings pitched (87.1), strikeouts (68), and complete games (5). He is a two-time First Team All-HCAC selection having earned the honor last season.
Sakosits is in his ninth season with the Earlham baseball program including his seventh as the head coach. He is the Quakers' all-time leader in wins (145) and led Earlham to its first HCAC championship and berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament this season. He earns HCAC Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career.
Elkus, the program's career leader in RBIs, led the HCAC in the category this season (54). He also led Earlham in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.582) while hitting a .341 clip. An All-HCAC Second Team selection last year, Elkus earns All-HCAC First Team honors for the first time in his career.
Barger garners All-HCAC First Team honors for the second consecutive season after breaking Earlham's single season record for doubles (18) this year. He also drove in 25 runs to go along with 25 stolen bases and a .320 batting average.
Krumlauf, an Honorable Mention All-HCAC selection as a junior, has a .316 batting average and has caught nearly all of the Quakers' 41 contests this season. He has driven in 31 runs and has nine doubles and three home runs.
Laird has a .325 batting average and displays the perfect mix of power and speed having driven in 44 runs and stolen 34 bases. He is named First Team All-HCAC for the second straight season.
Freshman Kyle Gorman garnered Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors after posting a 7-1 record and a 3.01 ERA as the Quakers' midweek starter. Gorman pitched two complete games in 71.2 innings pitching during his freshman campaign.
Senior Dalton Carter was named to the All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team.
Earlham (29-12) won its first HCAC regular season championship and HCAC Tournament title in program history this season. The Quakers will take on the College of Wooster in the first round of the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional on Thursday.