PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- 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 their play during the 2010 season. The All-Region teams were announced on Monday, May 17.
They become just 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.
“This is a great honor for both Brandon and Ryan and I am very proud of them and happy to see their hard work and effort be rewarded,” said head coach Brian McGee. “It is easy for guys from independent schools to get overlooked, but this indicates that their outstanding seasons did not go unnoticed.”
James led the team in hitting this season with the second highest average in school history, .411, and also was the only player on the team to start every game. He finished 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. The school's all-time leader in stolen bases, James led the team in walks (21) and on-base percentage (.651) and had hitting streaks of 13 and 11 during the year.
Rua bashed a single-season record-tying 11 home runs for the second year in a row and became Lake Erie's career leader in that category mid-way 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 RBI. His 107 total bases were a school record, as was his .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 earned one save on the season, holding opponents to a .231 average.
Lake Erie won a school-record 18 games this season, highlighted by a 19-4 win road win over NCAA Division I Cleveland State University on March 28, and was one of seven schools to have multiple players named to the All-Midwest Region Team. The Storm tied future GLIAC foe Saginaw Valley State University with two selections.
“Having two guys named to the all-region team this year, and three players in the last three years, is a big plus for our program,” said McGee. “It is a clear indication of the talent currently on this team and the type of players we want to continue to attract to Lake Erie College.”