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Baseball by James Nahikian, BGSU Athletic Communications

Baseball Holds Annual Banquet, Announces 2015 Team Awards

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University baseball program held its annual banquet over the weekend, where they announced team awards from the 2015 season and completed one of the most successful team raffles in program history.
 
The team sold all of its raffle tickets, where items such as Cincinnati Reds and Toledo Mud Hens tickets were won. Many family members and friends, as well as former players and program supporters were in attendance.
 
"We really just want to thank everyone for their loyal support of the baseball program. It was an exciting day to reflect on all of the great memories from the 2015 season, and our raffle was a huge success. Everyone – family and friends of the players and staff, former players, supporters – all are huge parts of our Falcon baseball family."
 
At the banquet, the team handed out the following awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Freshman of the Year, Fireman's Award (top relief pitcher), Golden Glove, Mr. Falcon (embodies what it means to be a Falcon – on and off the field), Mr. Hustle, Comeback Player, Most Improved, Scholar-Athlete, Coach's Award. Below is a list of the winners.

2015 BASEBALL TEAM AWARDS
Most Valuable Player
Trey Keegan and Matt Smith
Keegan was drafted in the 14th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 2015 MLB Draft, and led the Falcons in RBI (39), doubles (13), total bases (86), slugging percentage (.453), and tied for the team lead in home runs (five) while hitting .295. Smith had a breakout year for the Orange and Brown, as he hit for a team-high batting average of .310, while registering a club-high 61 hits. Smith finished second to Keegan with 38 RBI and 82 total bases. Keegan was named first team All-MAC, while Smith garnered second-team honors.
 
Most Valuable Pitcher AND Freshman of the Year Zac Carey
Carey, who was also the Mid-American Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, finished the season with a 7-3 record. He started 14 games for the Orange and Brown, finishing with a 3.43 earned run average. Carey went 7-0 over his final 10 outings of the season with a 2.40 ERA in 63.2 innings pitched. He totaled a league-best six MAC wins, and was the only starter in the conference to go undefeated in league play.
 
Fireman's Award Tony Landi
Landi appeared in 22 games for the Falcons, all which came from out of the bullpen. After a strong freshman campaign, Landi turned into one of the better relief pitchers in the MAC, and finished the year with a team-high four saves and a 3.15 ERA in 40.0 innings pitched. Landi finished the year with a 1-1 record, and held opponents to a .184 batting averaged in MAC play.
 
Golden Glove Brian Bien and Trey Keegan
Keegan was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Bien, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB Draft, finished with a team-high 140 assists in 2015 to become the program's career leader in that department. Bien was named second-team All-MAC. Keegan gunned down 19-of-40 would-be base stealers, including a 12-of-24 mark in MAC play.
 
Mr. Falcon Jason Link
One of BGSU's three captains in 2015, Link personifies what it means to be a Falcon. Along with being a strong student, Link was Bowling Green's Friday starter for the majority of the year. Link finished the year second on the team in wins with five. Link logged 65.0 innings – second on the team – and also recorded two saves in just three relief appearances.
 
Mr. Hustle Brandon Howard
Howard set the school record for most steals in a single season with 42, while also earning second-team All-MAC honors. Howard started 51 games at second base, and scored a team-high 52 runs. He also hit a solid .296 and recorded a team-high .429 on-base percentage, due in part to drawing a team-high 38 walks.
 
Comeback Player Nick Glanzman
After playing a role in BGSU's 2013 MAC Championship, Glanzman redshirted in 2014. Glanzman had a solid sophomore season in 2015, and turned into the team's everyday third basemen by the end of the year. The soon-to-be redshirt-junior hit .277 on the year, and scored 14 runs while adding 13 RBI. Glanzman hit his first two home runs of his career in mid-May, and earned MAC East Player of the Week honors in the process.
 
Most Improved Matt Smith
After making just 13 starts and hitting .148 in 2014, Smith hit .310 in 2015 to lead the Falcons. Smith batted fourth for most of the season, and led the team in multiple-hit games with 17. The soon-to-be senior started 53 games, and is a captain for the 2016 squad.
 
Scholar-Athlete Kory Brown
A captain in his first season as a Falcon, Brown started 51 games for BGSU. Brown hit .293 on the year, and finished second to Brandon Howard with 18 stolen bases. Brown was equally as impressive in the classroom, and was named Bowling Green's Junior Scholar Athlete of the Year at the annual student-athlete Ziggys Award Show.
 
Coach's Award Jesse Rait
An all-around team player for the Falcons, Rait played in 53 games in 2015 and was the Falcons' primary right fielder. Rait recorded 12 multiple-hit games, and registered a .257 batting average with a .314 on-base percentage.
 
 
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