Four Mac baseball players earn KCAC honors

By McPherson College Sports Information
May 01, 2014

McPherson College’s baseball team was well represented on the All-KCAC Team that was announced today.

The honors are split into first team, second team, honorable mention and Gold Glove. McPherson College earned seven slots on the teams coming from four players.

Zach Wilson (Miliken, Colo.), Jose Nossa (Valencia, Venezuela), and Taylor Werts (Mansfield, Texas) were all named to the All-KCAC second team. Austin Russell (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) made the honorable mention squad as was Werts, this time as a pitcher. Both Nossa and Russell earned Gold Glove honors at third base and right field, respectively.

Wilson led Mac in nearly every offensive statistical category. He accumulated 61 hits and 21 walks in his 165 at bats, accruing a batting average of .370.  The senior knocked in 34 runs and came across the plate himself 40 times.  He was one of two players to have started every game of the 47-game season for McPherson.

Playing nearly every infield position possible, Nossa was the team's top fielding infielder, posting a percentage of .954. He had 82 assists, 42 putouts and just six errors.  At the plate, Nossa was the team's second-leading batter, logging 54 hits in his 147 at bats for a .367 batting average. 

Werts made the second team as an outfielder. He was 32 of 94 from the plate for a .340 batting average.  From the mound, the senior pitched in 13 games, starting 11. Werts was 8-6 on the year and threw seven complete games. He pitched for a team-high 73.1 innings, racked up 53 strikeouts and had an ERA of 5.03

A newcomer to the Bulldog squad this season, Russell was the other MC player to have started all of the team's games. He was second on the team in hits with 54 and tied Wilson for most RBIs with 34. He attempted 16 stolen bases, making it safely 15 times.  In the field, Russell tallied a .989 fielding percentage, logging just one error to go along with his 87 putouts.

All four honorees are seniors.

“These young men have been such a huge part of our program," Mac coach Andrew Ehiling said.  "It's a shame they're all seniors, I would love to have them back."