May 22, 2012
Nunn, Ramos Headline Association of DIII Independents Post-Season Honors
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-- North Central University Baseball finished up the 2012 season with the highest win total in program history. That accomplishment was the result of several Rams players and their coach putting in great individual efforts throughout the season. Those efforts were recognized with six players being named to the Association of Division III Independents All-Independent 1st team and Head Coach Jim Nunn being recognized as the Association Coach of the Year.
Rams Head Coach Jim Nunn led the Rams to a 17-18 regular season in his first year at the helm which set the record for single season victories. Due to several unforeseen circumstances in the coaching situation for NCU Baseball, Coach Nunn was hired just a week prior to the season. He stepped in and guided the Rams back to the NCCAA Division II World Series and their second straight NCCAA Region Championship.
The individual player awards were headlined by freshman catcher/outfielder Gary Ramos (Chicago, Ill.) being named the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Rookie of the year and 1st Team AD3I at catcher. Ramos led the Rams in batting average (.414), doubles (14) and slugging (.649) while taking second on the team with 30 RBI.
Rams pitchers took two of the four 1st team AD3I slots including seniorBlake Balaam (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and junior Devin Lehnhoff(Ellendale, N.D.). The two combined for the most complete games by a pair of pitchers from one team in all of NCAA Division III this season.
The AD3I 1st team infield was also dominate by Rams talent as well. Sophomore Isaac Gross (Grayson, Ga.) earned the nod at third base while senior Joe Robinson (Gilbert, Ariz.) garnered honors at short stop. Gary Ramos was named first team at the catcher spot.
Sophomore Ian Andrews (Coon Rapids, Minn.) was selected as the AD3I 1st team designated hitter.
Junior outfielder Ben Freitag (Lakeville, Minn.) was named a 2nd team AD3I selection.
The Association of Division III Independents consists of 10 Division III independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions, and to provide exempted postseason championship competition.