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Baseball Has Three Named to All-NCAC Teams

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Three members of the Hiram College baseball team have been named to the 2013 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams for their individual efforts this season.  Junior Tim Calhoun (Canfield) earned second-team honors, while junior Jim Jaksa(Chesterland/West Geauga) and sophomore Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) were honorable mention picks.  [2013 All-NCAC Teams]

Calhoun earned his first All-Conference award after leading the team in batting average at .354 (45-of-127).  His 45 hits were tops on the team and posted 12 multi-hit games, including a season-best three hits on several occasions.  He also led the team in runs batted in with 30.  In addition, Calhoun was tied for second in homeruns (two) and walks (16), was second in doubles (nine) and was amongst the leaders in runs scored (16).  Defensively, he had a .991 fielding percentage with 181 putouts, 31 assists and two errors alternating between a starting catcher and first baseman.

Calhoun also saw playing time on the mound as a pitcher making four appearances and posted a 2.45 earned run average.  He ended the season with a 1-0 record to go along with two strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings.

“It’s an honor to be recognized in a conference amongst such great players,” said Calhoun.

Jaksa ended his first season with the program with his first All-NCAC award.  He earned the honor as a third baseman, but also saw playing time at catcher.  Jaksa started all 37 games and finished second on the team in battting average at .344 (43-of-125).  He had nine multi-games this past season, including a season-best four hits in four attempts in the first of four games against Kenyon College.  Jaksa led the team in three categories including homeruns (three), doubles (12) and total bases (64).  He was also third in runs scored (23) and finished tied with Calhoun for second on the team in walks (17).  Defensively, Jaksa had a .927 fielding percentage with 102 putouts and 38 assists.

Weiss capped a solid sophomore season with his first All-NCAC selection.  As a member of the starting rotation, he led the team in starts and was tied for second in overall appearances with 11.  Weiss led the team in wins (four), complete games (five), shutouts (one) and strikeouts (48).  In addition, Weiss was second on the team in innings pitched at 58-and-a-third.  He recorded a season-best nine strikeouts in a 3-1 win against the University of Pitt-Greensburg in which he pitched all seven innings and allowed just a run and two hits.  Weiss also recorded two games with eight strikeouts during the season.

“It is always exciting to see any of your players receive post-season recognition for all of their hard work and dedication,” said veteran Head Coach Howard Jenter.  “With the NCAC being one of the best in Division III baseball, I am very proud of Tim Calhoun, Jim Jaksa and Nate Weiss on their selection to the All-Conference Team. They are very deserving of this honor and it’s exciting that all three of them are back for us again next year!”

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