LINDSBORG — Five Bethany College Swedes were tabbed for All-KCAC baseball honors as selections were announced this week.
They include Dan Eck, Aaron Huerta, Pablo Contreras, Clayton Cozzitorto and Daniel Hordo.
Eck, a junior from Seattle, Wash., led the Swedes’ honors. He received Co-Pitcher of the year honors with Jacob Webb from Tabor College. He was also named to the All-KCAC first team as a starting pitcher. He has an earned run average of 1.33, which ranks him eighth in the NAIA. He only allows 1.02 walks per nine innings, which is seventh in the NAIA. Eck is 7-4 on the year and has started 12 games. He has pitched nine complete games. He has only walked 10 batters, while striking out 68 and his batting average against is .183.
Huerta, Contreras and Cozzitorto were named to the second team.
Huerta, a senior from Silver City, N.M., anchored the Swedes in center field. He has started all 50 games for Bethany and boasts a .322 batting average. He leads Bethany with 32 RBIs, five home runs and is tied for the most hits on the team with 49.
Contreras, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., led the Swedes in batting average, hitting .346 in 133 at bats. He had 46 hits and led the team with 12 doubles. Contreras also drove in 25 runs this year.
Cozzitorto, a junior from Gustine, Calif., had the team's second-best earned run average for starting pitchers, 3.42. He had a 6-5 record and pitched five complete games. Cozzitorto struck out 64 batters and only had a .245 batting average against.
The Swedes’ catcher, Hordo, earned monorable mention honors as a senior. Hordo played in 48 of Bethany's 50 games and hit .316. He tied Huerta for most hits on the team, 49. Hordo had eight doubles and 23 RBIs. As a catcher he had a .970 fielding percentage and assisted on 28 outs.
The Swedes currently are playing in the KCAC Tournament, having knocked off Saint Mary 5-1 on Wednesday in their opener.