Lake Erie College baseball players named to ABCA All-Region Team
Lake Erie College junior outfielder Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/ Mentor) and sophomore shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/ Amherst Steele) were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region Second Team for the 2010 season. The All-Region teams were announced on Monday, May 17.
James led the team in batting average this season at .411, which is the second highest in school history and was also the only player to start every game. He finished the season with 60 hits and 44 runs scored – both school single-season records, along with eight home runs, 37 runs batted in, a team-high three triples and 11 stolen bases. James was the school’s all-time leader in stolen bases, led the team in walks (21), on-base percentage (.651) and hitting streaks of 13 and 11 during the year.
Rua hit a single-season record-tying 11 home runs for the second year in a row and became the College’s career leader in this category midway through the season. He tied James with 60 hits and hit an even .400 for the season with 38 runs scored, 12 doubles and a team-leading 40 runs batted in. He made a school record for 107 total bases and a .713 slugging percentage. Rua stole 10 bases and was hit by a pitch six times. The versatile performer also made eight appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. He made one start and one save on the season, holding opponents to a .231 average.
James and Rua became the second and third Storm baseball players to earn a spot on the All-Region squad. Ben Reed ‘09 was a third-team All-Mid-Atlantic pick in 2008.
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Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.