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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2012 / Contact: Jeff DeBaldo, SCAC Director of Sports Information
TRINITY & BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN POST MAJOR AWARD
WINS AS SCAC ANNOUNCES 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAM
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – For the second consecutive year, Birmingham-Southern produced the
league’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year as Bruce Maxwell earned the honor while Ben Klimesh of
Trinity University repeated as the league’s Pitcher-of-the-Year in exclusive 2012 All-Southern
Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) voting by the conference’s head coaches. In that same
balloting, Blake Stevens of Birmingham-Southern was voted the conference’s Freshman-of-the-Year,
while Trinity head coach Tim Scannell was selected SCAC Coach-of-the-Year for the third
As for the All-SCAC team, Trinity, who posted the best record in the SCAC West with a 16-4 league
mark, led the way with seven First Team selections while Millsaps College also placed seven on the
First Team. Birmingham-Southern, winners of the SCAC East at 14-1, and Hendrix College (2nd,
SCAC West) followed with four selections each.
Maxwell, a junior catcher/first baseman from Toney, Ala., led the SCAC during the regular season
with a .500 batting average and also led the league in homeruns (13), doubles (22), total bases (120),
slugging percentage (1.017) on-base percentage (.647) and walks (49). He was fourth in runs batted
in (39), second in runs scored (46) and fourth in hits (59). With this week’s SCAC tournament and one
regular season game remaining against Emory University next week, Maxwell currently has 36 career
homeruns – the fourth highest total in SCAC history. He also is currently tied for sixth in league
history with 58 doubles. Since the SCAC started naming a Freshman-of-the-Year in 2008, Maxwell
becomes the first player in league history to earn both SCAC Freshman-of-the-Year (2010) and
SCAC Player-of-the-Year laurels during his playing career.
Maxwell received eight votes in the Player-of-the-Year balloting followed by Millsaps’ Wes Perkins,
who received the remaining three votes.
Klimesh, a senior right-hander from Wilmette, Ill., led the SCAC in innings pitched (88.2), strikeouts
(134), complete games (7) and wins (11) during the regular season. His 134 strikeouts established a
new school and SCAC single season record. Klimesh also set school records with 345 career
strikeouts and 29 career wins. His 11 wins are currently tied for third most in a single season in
league history. He was second in opponents' batting average (.199) and was tied for the SCAC lead
with 12 games started, as well as being 3rd in ERA (1.93). Klimesh becomes the first pitcher to win
Pitcher-of-the-Year honors in consecutive seasons since Rhodes College’s Robert Flanagan in 2006
Klimesh received 10 votes in the Pitcher-of-the-Year balloting, with Will Edwards of Millsaps receiving
the remaining vote.
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Stevens, a first-year right-handed pitcher from Atlanta, Ga., was 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA while leading
Birmingham-Southern pitchers with 60.1 innings of work. His 60.1 innings pitched ranked ninth
among all SCAC pitchers. He ranked fourth in the league with 64 strike outs and averaged 9.55
strikeouts per nine innings. Stevens threw two complete games, including one for a shutout as he
helped the Panthers to their third straight 30-win season. In the five years since the SCAC began
selecting a Freshman-of-the-Year, Stevens is the third BSC player to earn the honor.
With seven votes in the balloting, Stevens earned SCAC Freshman-of-the-Year honors ahead of
Millsaps’ Samuel Doucet who received the remaining four votes.
Trinity head coach Tim Scannell, in his 14th season as the Tigers’ skipper, was named the SCAC
Coach-of-the-Year after leading his squad to a 32-8 regular season mark (16-4 in the SCAC West)
heading into the conference tournament. His Tigers were the No. 1 ranked team in the nation for a
three week stretch in late March and early April and became just the second league team to be
ranked No. 1 in the nation. Scannell, who is a league leading seven-time SCAC COTY honoree
(1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), has the highest winning percentage of any coach in
league history (.704) and is among the top 15 of all active NCAA Division III coaches. Scannell
earned his third straight and 11th career 30+ win season as head coach of the Tigers and the Trinity
skipper is just 10 wins shy of 450 career wins.
Scannell received six votes from his peers in the SCAC Coach-of-the-Year balloting, edging
Birmingham-Southern’s Jan Weisberg who received three votes. Jeff Cleanthes of Rhodes and R.J.
Thomas of Hendrix received one vote each.
2012 SCAC Player-of-the-Year
Bruce Maxwell Birmingham-Southern College Junior C Toney, Ala.
2012 SCAC Pitcher-of-the-Year
Ben Klimesh Trinity University Senior P Wilmette, Ill.
2012 SCAC Freshman-of-the-Year
Blake Stevens Birmingham-Southern College First-Year P Atlanta, Ga.
2012 SCAC Coach-of-the-Year
Tim Scannell Trinity University 16-4 SCAC West / 32-8 Overall – Regular Season
Currently ranked eighth in the nation
2012 All-SCAC Baseball Team
Bruce Maxwell Birmingham-Southern College Junior Toney, Ala.
Wes Perkins Millsaps College Junior Geismar, La.
Cameron Fishman Centre College Senior Northridge, Calif.
Kelly Woodruff Trinity University Junior Atlanta, Ga.
Mark Vlaskamp Hendrix College Senior Houston, Texas
Tyler Appelquist Austin College Junior Rowlett, Texas
Clark Sims Hendrix College Senior North Little Rock, Ark.
Kevin Clements Trinity University Junior Pacific Grove, Calif.
Jake Spear Oglethorpe University Senior Lawrenceville, Ga.
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2012 All-SCAC Baseball Team
Christian Muscarello Trinity University Sophomore Tucson, Ariz.
Jon Walker Birmingham-Southern College Senior Snellville, Ga.
Samuel Doucet Millsaps College First-Year Baton Rouge, La.
Keith Shumaker Millsaps College First-Year Brandon, Miss.
Kyle Raskin Hendrix College Senior Simi Valley, Calif.
Nick Pappas Trinity University Senior Los Angeles, Calif.
Collin Radack Hendrix College Sophomore Cedar Park, Texas
Ryan Zemke Millsaps College Senior Baton Rouge, La.
Travis Perkins Rhodes College Senior Houston, Texas
Jules Roussel Millsaps College Senior Destrehan, La.
Devin Arnold University of Dallas Senior McKinney, Texas
Ryne Sullivan Sewanee-University of the South Senior Metairie, La.
Stephen Gates Millsaps College Junior Cocoa, Fla.
Dominick Robusto Trinity University Senior Laguna Beach, Calif.
Nick Caluda University of Dallas Junior New Orleans, La.
Ben Klimesh Trinity University Senior Wilmette, Ill.
Ryan Lucero Trinity University Junior Aurora, Colo.
Will Edwards Millsaps College Junior Kosciusko, Miss.
Miles Nordgren Birmingham-Southern College Sophomore Gadsden, Ala.
Blake Yance Birmingham-Southern College Junior Chelsea, Ala.
Austin Carden Rhodes College Senior Houston, Texas
Chris Webber Southwestern University Senior Mesquite, Texas
Austin – Chase Muder (C), John Schulmeister (OF); Birmingham-Southern – Austin Justice (OF), Blake
Stevens (P); Centre – Aaron Ammann (SS), Kyle Cook (OF), Charlie Holland (3B), Kyle Neu (P); Dallas –
Andrew Bossert (1B), Michael Schweiss (P); Hendrix – Aaron Bowen (OF), J.T. Bowen (DH), Nathan Harr
(OF), Jacob Perschke (P); Millsaps – ; Oglethorpe – Joe Parillo (DH); Rhodes – Jackson Baker (P), Matt
Burnick (DH), Lynden Pindling (SS) ; Sewanee – Alan Komorowski (OF), Wilson Nealy (OF), Jack Whaley
(2B); Southwestern – Nate Shipp (3B)