INDIANAPOLIS - Junior first baseman Jimmy Risi was named Horizon League Co-Newcomer of the Year and headlined a group of four Butler baseball players who earned All-Horizon League awards. Juniors Pat Gelwicks and Radley Haddad and senior Mike Hoscheit were also honored.
"I can't remember a year when the Horizon League had so many outstanding players," head coach Steve Farley said. "Top to bottom, all of the teams in our league were competitive and there were never any easy games. I'm very happy for our Butler guys who received recognition from the opposing coaches in the league."
Risi, who led the Horizon League with 11 home runs this season, was voted second team All-Horizon League and to the league's all-newcomer squad. He shared the newcomer of the year award with Valparaiso pitcher Kyle Wormington.
In his first season at BU after transferring from Eastern Iowa Community College, the Highland Park, Ill., native batted .289 with team bests in RBIs (45) and slugging (.537). He scored 27 runs and had an on-base mark of .419.
The other lefty power bat in Butler's lineup this year belonged to Gelwicks, who was named second team All-Horizon League. Gelwicks led BU with a .349 batting average. The Downers Grove, Ill., native also led the Bulldogs in hits (66), extra-base hits (18), doubles (12), walks (41) and on-base percentage (.469).
"Pat Gelwicks and Jimmy Risi were at the top of our hitting stats all season long and both guys hit for power and batting average," Farley said. "Jimmy didn't make an error at first base, which is quite an accomplishment."
Hoscheit, an outfielder from St. Charles, Ill., joined Risi as a second-team all-league pick. The senior hit .291 and scored 26 runs while driving in 34. Hoscheit, who hit five home runs, tied for the team lead with 12 doubles. He did his best work against conference opponents, batting .308 with seven doubles and 20 RBIs.
Haddad, a junior catcher from Carmel, Ind., was voted to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. In his first season after transferring to Butler, Haddad hit .298 and tied for the team lead with 12 doubles. He scored 25 runs while getting on base at a .394 clip.
"Mike Hoscheit and Radley Haddad both had outstanding seasons at the plate and on defense," Farley said. "Radley led our team in pickoffs and kept the opposing team's running game in check. Mike made many fine plays from his right field spot."
Wright State's Tristan Moore was named Horizon League Player of the Year and Valpo's Tracy Woodson was coach of the year. The Crusaders won the regular season title and will be the top seed in the league tournament.
Butler finished fifth in the Horizon League and will take on No. 4 seed UIC in this week's Horizon League Baseball Championship in Chicago.