MILWAUKEE - Freshman Caleb Willert of the MSOE baseball team was named the NACC Freshman of the Year when the league office announced its post-season baseball honors Thursday morning.
Willert gives the Raiders the Freshman of the Year for the second-straight season while headlining a list of a school-record three MSOE players on the All-NACC First Team. He was joined on the first team by senior Ryan Newman and freshman Julian Sonn while senior Jimmy Carrington was named to the All-NACC Second Team.
Willert ascended to the top of the rotation by dominating conference opposition to the tune of a 4-0, two saves, and a 0.51 ERA over 35.1 innings. He completed three of his four league starts and struck out 27 against just seven walks. After starting the opening game of the NACC Tournament Thursday, he's 6-2 in 12 appearances (eight starts), with a 2.34 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. He leads the team or shares the lead in ERA, wins, and saves, and is second in strikeouts.
Newman has been a constant catalyst atop the lineup for the Raiders, batting .344 with three home runs, 32 RBIs, and 42 runs scored as the lead-off hitter. He extended his hitting streak to 22-straight games earlier Thursday and boasts a .421 on-base percentage. His final campaign is putting an emphatic stamp on a standout career as he's broken the school record for career runs scored (126) and is second in hits, on the verge of 200 for his career (196).
Sonn bounced back from a season-ending injury last season to bat a team-best .346 and 41 runs batted in. He's also knocked out 10 doubles and three home runs this season. In league play, he drove in 24 runs over 20 games, hitting .354 against NACC competition with a pair of home runs.
Carrington was named to an All-NACC team for the third-straight season after back-to-back first-team honors the last two seasons. He's come on strong at the end of the season and is now batting .325 with five home runs, 39 RBIs, and 34 runs scored. Like Newman, Carrington is also capping off a tremendous career as he will graduate as one of the most accomplished hitters in program history. He's broken several career school records this season with 208 hits, 132 RBIs, and 303 total bases.
The Raiders finished tied for second in the NACC standings and qualified for a third-straight league tournament as the No. 3 seed. They opened the competition with a 14-7 win over Concordia Wisconsin earlier on Thursday and return to action later in the day against No. 2 Marian.