CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Following the best regular season in school history, and on the eve of its first appearance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs, the Lake Erie College baseball team had seven players named to the All-GLIAC Team announced by the league office Tuesday night (May 8).
For the second straight season, the Storm placed two members on the first-team. Seniors OF Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) and 2B Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard/Lakeland C.C.) earned the honors this season. They are joined on the all-star team by juniors DH Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and RHP Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) and sophomore RHP Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), who were second-team selections, and juniors 3B Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) and LHP Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge), who received honorable mention.
"These guys worked extremely hard in the off season and continued to push themselves during the year and as a result of that, they had great success individually and as a team," said Head Coach Brian McGee. "To place seven players on the all-conference team, in a league as tough as ours, says a lot about the kind of year we are having and the positive direction our program continues to go in."
Toth, who was a second-team All-GLIAC pick in 2011, led the Storm in hitting this season with a .385 average and 60 hits. Those 60 hits are tied for the fourth most in a single season in school history and his .385 average tied for third in the GLIAC during the regular season. Toth led LEC with 19 stolen bases, tying the school record, and had six outfield assists from his spot in right field. He added 22 runs batted in, 20 runs scored, eight doubles and drew 20 walks batting in the top two spots in the LEC order. Toth came on strong in the second half of the regular season, batting .459 with 14 steals over the final 25 games. He finished the regular season with a team-leading 16 multiple-hit games, including a 4-for-4 game with three runs scored against Ashland University on April 25.
In his second year with the Storm, second baseman Cacique flirted with the .400 mark for most of the season before finishing with a .364 average. He led the team in home runs (five), RBI (38), doubles (11) and walks (31) while finishing second in runs scored (32), hits (52) and triples (2). He topped the team with a .573 slugging percentage and 1.048 OPS while also stealing nine bases in 11 attempts. Cacique proved durable, starting all 49 games he played during the year. He tied for second on the team with 14 multiple hit games and led the squad with 13 games with two or more RBI
The duo of Beach and Brian Kilway anchored the Storm pitching staff that posted its lowest ERA in school history, combining to go 11-3 on the season. Beach, who earned GLIAC Pitcher of the Week honors earlier in the season, tied the school single-season records with six wins (6-2) and 60 strikeouts and tossed 66 1/3 innings to date, most in school history. He compiled an ERA of 2.85 in his 12 appearances (11 starts) and threw two complete games, including a five-hit 1-0 shutout at Grand Valley State University.
Kilway went 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA in nine starts, ranking second in the GLIAC in ERA. He tossed a team-high three complete games and held opposing hitters to just a .211 average – lowest ever for a Storm starter. He struck out six hitters five times, including during a two-hit shutout of Hillsdale College on April 1. After dropping his first game of the season, Kilway won five straight decisions and has been charged with a loss since late February.
Pat Kilway had his finest year at the plate as the Storm's full-time DH in 2012, batting .304 with three home runs and 21 RBI. He also hit nine doubles, ranking second on the team, and was one of just five players to cross the 20-runs scored threshold (25). He had 10 multiple-hit games and drove in two or more runs six times during the course of the season.
Blood was fourth on the team in hitting, finishing with a .320 batting average to go with a pair of home runs and 24 RBI. He played in 48 games, making 43 starts at third base, and was second with nine sacrifices. Blood had 11 multiple-hit and six multiple-RBI games and had an eight-game hitting streak earlier in the year. He's been at his best late in the season, batting .368 since April 7.
Fox earned his second all-conference recognition with another strong year as the Storm's closer. He posted a 3-1 record and 2.80 ERA in 23 appearances, including a school single-season record six saves. His work spanned 35 1/3 innings during which time he struck out 31 and closed out two shutouts for the team. Fox was not charged with allowing a run in 17 appearances, including 13 of his first 14 games to start the season.
Lake Erie opens the GLIAC Tournament as the third seed Wednesday, May 9, against fourth-seeded Tiffin University at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.