Ashland University senior pitcher Kevin Dunn (Genoa) is one of nine Eagles selected to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team.
It is the first time Dunn was chosen to the All-GLIAC team in two seasons. Dunn, a 6-foot-3, 200 pound right hander, is one of five transfers on the AU baseball team that started at Owens Community College.
Heading into the NCAA Division II playoffs, Dunn has tallied six wins and a 3.88 ERA in 60.1 innings pitched. He is also tied for third in the GLIAC in strikeouts (51), tied for third in wins and is seventh in innings pitched.
In his first season with the Eagles, Dunn pitched in 19 games, which tied for the team lead. He started three games, and pitched one complete game. He was fourth on the team in ERA (3.43), tied for second in saves (2) and tied for third in innings pitched (44.2). Dunn also had a superb strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.4) with 31 strikeouts and nine walks. He finished the year with a 5-2 record. The five wins tied Dunn for third on the team in victories.
At Genoa, Dunn earned both all-league and all-district honors. His father, Gary, played football at the University of Toledo.
In the NCAA tourney, which started last week, the Eagles are the fifth seed in the six-team Midwest Region bracket. Ashland's first-round opponent will be Grand Valley State, the second seed in the field. At the GLIAC Tournament, the Eagles defeated the Lakers twice. Ashland finished as the tournament runner-up.
This is the fifth consecutive year, and the 11th time in the last 12 years, the Eagles have been invited to the NCAA playoffs. AU's last regional crown came in 2008. Under AU head coach John Schaly the Eagles have advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series four times.
Owens in tourney
The Owens Community College baseball team looked to advance to its third World Series national tournament as the Express competed in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Baseball Championships in Battle Creek, Mich., May 14-16.
Coached by Bob Schultz (Waite), the Express took a 34-18 overall record into the double elimination tournament against Jackson CC (36-18) in the opening round. Teams participating in the tournament include Vincennes (26-19), Kalamazoo Valley (35-18), Sinclair (42-8), Muskegon (42-14), Kellogg (37-15) and Grand Rapids (26-25).
Tim DeCant (Lake) is a sophomore outfielder for Owens. In 2009, he was named the recipient of the team’s Coaches Award.
DeCant has had a field day with opposing pitchers on numerous occasions this season. In an 11-6 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference tournament loss to Sinclair, DeCant had a two run homer. In a 17-15 loss to the Heidelberg junior varsity, DeCant was 2-for-5 with a home run, double, and RBI.
In a double header against Lorain, which Owens swept 31-0 and 17-7, DeCant was 3-for-3 with a double, triple, and two RBI in the second game. In a 10-7 loss to Sinclair in which Owens outhit the opposition 10 to 6, DeCant was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Also playing for the Express is sophomore outfielder Michael Romano (Clay).
Schultz is in his eighth year as coach. In the past seven years, he has guided the Express to five conference championships in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Prior to his position as head coach, Schultz served as an Express assistant for five years. His assistants are Gabe Medina and Tom DeMarco.
Schultz’s team this year finished the OCCAC regular season with a 4-8 (third place) overall record. The NJCAA Division II World Series National Championships will be held May 29-June 5 in Enid, Okla.
Area high school girls basketball teams interested in competing against some of the best high schools from the Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio regions are invited to participate in a two-day Express Girls “Summer Slam” Team Shootout hosted by Owens Community College June 25-26.
The basketball team shootout competition will begin each day at 8 a.m. Each high school team will be guaranteed four games per day and basketball programs will have the opportunity to compete on either Friday or Saturday, or both days. The camp fee is $200 per team for one day or $250 per team for both days.
Led by Head Coach Michael Llanas, the Express women’s basketball team finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 27-6 overall record and an 11-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Owens lost to Schoolcraft College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships. The Express was ranked No. 6 in the final NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball poll.
The number of participating teams is limited and reservations are required. Call 567-661-7941 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7941.