BAY CITY, MICH. – The Lake Erie College baseball team placed four student-athletes on the 2013 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Team announced by the conference office Wednesday (May 8) in conjunction with the start of the 2013 GLIAC Tournament.
Senior 3B Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) and sophomore OF Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) led the way for Lake Erie, both being named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. Freshman 1B Zach DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) and junior RHP Brad Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) received All-GLIAC Honorable Mention.
Blood, who was an All-GLIAC honorable mention selection in 2012, capped his fourth year as the Storm's starting third baseman by leading the team in hitting with a career-best .322 average during the regular season. He had one home run and drove in 23 runs, while scoring 20 times on the season. He was second on the team with 12 multiple hit games and tied for the lead with six multiple RBI games and an eight-game hitting streak earlier this season.
After missing the first 10 games of the season while recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during football season, Lindgren picked up right where he left off last year, batting .311 in 35 games with a team-leading eight home runs, 28 runs and 26 RBI. His three triples and six stolen bases also led the team. The eight homers by Lindgren were the second most in the GLIAC this season and tied for the third most in a single-season in school history.
DeCamp won the firstbase job during the preseason and got off to a fantastic start, hitting .385 through the first 25 games of the season. He cooled a bit near the end of the year, but hit safely in the final seven games of the regular season to finish with a .318 average. DeCamp tied for the team lead with 48 hits and led all Storm batters with 11 doubles. He was second to Lindgren with five round-trippers and drove in 21 runs. He also stole four bases and played solid defense at first, committing just three errors in 283 total chances. He had a team-high 13 multi-hit games.
Coming back from an injury-shortened sophomore year, Raley made eight appearances, including seven starts, and led the team with a 3.83 ERA. He tied for fifth in the GLIAC with 53 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings and posted a 2-4 record. His best start of the season came in a no-decision when he allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings of an eventual 1-0 11th-inning loss at Grand Valley State University, striking out eight in that game. Earlier in the year he set a school, single-game record with 14 K's in six innings at Hillsdale College and allowed just one earned run with six strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game loss to Ashland.
The Storm posted a 17-28 overall record in 2013, going 14-18 in league play and earning the sixth seed in the GLIAC Tournament. It is the second straight year Lake Erie qualified for postseason play.