Fri, May 11, 2012 - [Baseball]
MOUNT PLEASANT - Iowa Wesleyan College seniors Michael Mendoza (San Gabriel, Calif.) and Jacob Sanchez (Brawley, Calif.) swept the Midwest Collegiate Conference's top awards for players, as the MCC released its all-conference awards Friday.
Mendoza was named the MCC Player of the Year, while Sanchez was named the MCC Pitcher of the Year for the 2012 season. The two highlighted a list of seven IWC players to receive conference postseason individual awards.
In addition to Mendoza and Sanchez, Elliot Armstrong (Sr.-Chicago, Ill.) and Christian Arredondo (Sr.-Sun Valley, Calif.) both were named First Team All-MCC. Erik Allen (Sr.-Monrovia, Calif.) and Ryan Doeppel (Jr.-Arcadia, Calif.) both were named to the conference honorable mention team, while Doeppel, Sanchez and Bobby Lloyd (Sr.-Coalinga, Calif.) also all were recipients of MCC Gold Glove awards for the season.
Mendoza batted .335 this season with eight home runs and 45 runs batted in. He led the MCC in four categories, pacing the league in doubles (21), home runs, runs scored (47) and total bases (108). He also was second in the conference in both RBIs and slugging percentage (.593) and tied for fifth in hits (61).
Mendoza this season set a new IWC single season record for doubles in a season. He also ends his two-year career as the school's career leader in doubles, and this year helped the Tigers reach the finals of the MCC Tournament.
Sanchez finished the season with a 10-2 record and a 2.42 earned run average, including 111 strikeouts, 12 walks, 71 hits allowed and 28 runs allowed (25 earned) in 93 innings pitched. He led the MCC in strikeouts and innings pitched, was second in wins and third in earned run average and opponents' batting average (.208).
Sanchez obliterated the Iowa Wesleyan single season strikeout record, becoming the first player in school history to go over 100 K's in a season, and also tied the school record for wins in a season. He also is a recipient of a Gold Glove award with one error in 29 chances in the field.
Armstrong came to IWC as a senior transfer from NCAA Division I Southern (La.) University, and would win the MCC batting title, hitting .400 for the season. He had 50 hits, including ten doubles and three triples, as well as a home run and 18 RBIs. Armstrong finished with a .468 on base percentage and also stole nine bases, and ended the season on a tear, batting .500 with eight doubles and all three of his triples over the Tigers' last 14 games.
Arredondo also joined the Tigers this season as a senior transfer and was another of the team's best hitters. He batted .333 with 56 hits and 24 RBIs and also stole 19 bases to rank among the conference leaders in steals. Arredondo was excellent at the top of the Wesleyan batting order with a .394 on base percentage and he also committed just one error in 65 chances in the field.
Allen was yet another senior year transfer, and he along with Sanchez formed a solid 1-2 punch at the top of Iowa Wesleyan's rotation. He finished the season 6-3 with a 2.61 earned run average including 63 hits allowed, 30 runs (22 earned), 57 strikeouts and 26 walks in 73 innings pitched.
Doeppel came to IWC as a transfer from NCAA Division I Oklahoma State University and provided power and speed in the middle of the lineup. He hit .316 with five home runs and 37 runs batted in, and also tied for the team lead with 19 steals. Doeppel also committed just two errors in 72 chances and also had four assists from the outfield in winning a Gold Glove.
Lloyd was the final Tiger to receive an award, winning the Gold Glove at third base for the season. The senior was nearly flawless at the hot corner, posting a .966 fielding percentage with four errors in 117 chances. He solidified the position for IWC in the field and also was a good hitter in the number nine spot in the order, hitting .280 with 33 hits and 11 RBIs.
MCC Baseball All-Conference Team