Three Baseball Players Earn NESCAC Honors
May 13, 2009
Three members of the Middlebury College baseball team earned All-NESCAC honors when the league announced its post-season team today. Senior Mark Shimrock (Lansdale, Pa.) and junior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) were named to the first-team, while sophomore Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) earned second-team honors. All three players started all 30 games this season, ranking in the top three in most every offensive category. Enns was also recently named a third-team All-New England selection.
Shimrock had a stellar year at the plate for the Panthers, leading the NESCAC with a .487 average at the plate. He was third in the league in doubles with 14, to go along with 24 RBI, a .559 on-base percentage with 246 putouts. The senior first baseman had 19 multiple-hit games this spring, including five three-hit games. He ended the season with a 4-5 day against Wesleyan, increasing his batting average by 15 points. Shimrock ends his career at the top of several of Middlebury's all-time lists, including: batting average - .391 (4th), at-bats - 409 (3rd), hits - 160 (2nd), RBI - 113 (2nd), doubles - 32 (T2nd), triples - 6 (T4th). He also owns more putouts than any other player in school history (723), while ranking second with a .985 fielding percentage.
Enns had a great all-around year, ending the season second on the team and fourth in the NESCAC with a .439 average. He led the squad with five homers and 35 RBI, while also adding a dozen doubles, a .508 on-base percentage and a school-record 18 stolen bases. The junior center fielder had 14 multiple-hit games, including seven contests with three or more hits. He enjoyed a 5-5 game with four RBI in Arizona against Colby, while going 3-4 with two homers and six batted in against Hamilton in late April.
McKillop ended the season third on the team and fifth in the league with a .435 average at the dish. He led the team with 40 runs scored, to go along with his 12 doubles, team-high three triples, four homers and 32 RBI. The sophomore earned 16 multiple-hit games in '09, including 10 games with three or more hits. McKillop went 5-5 against Williams in Arizona, while going 4-4 with three RBI in a game against Hamilton in late April. He is also an All-NESCAC quarterback for the football team in the fall.