Bulldog Baseball Announces Team Awards
Junior Pat Gelwicks was voted Team MVP and BU's offensive player of the year and four other players were recognized. The awards were determined by a players' vote at the end of the regular season.
Junior Jimmy Risi, last week named Horizon League Co-Newcomer of the Year and an All-Horizon League pick, was voted as his team's newcomer of the year. Junior Radley Haddad was tabbed defensive player of the year and Brad Schnitzer as pitcher of the year. Senior Brian Padove was voted by his teammates as the mental attitude winner, his third time with that award.
Gelwicks, a second team All-Horizon League selection, led Butler with a .338 batting average this season. He had team-leading totals of 67 hits and 41 walks for a .456 on-base percentage. He had 12 doubles, five home runs and drove in 37 runs.
Risi, in his first year at Butler, clubbed a Horizon League-best 12 home runs and led Butler with 46 RBIs. He finished with a .282 average and slugged .538. Defensively, Risi fielded all 381 of his chances without making an error.
Haddad, the team's starting catcher, posted a .976 fielding percentage and threw out 13 runners trying to steal. In addition to his work behind the plate, he was also strong at the plate. Haddad hit .295 with 12 doubles and scored 25 runs.
The Bulldogs voted Schnitzer as the team's best pitcher in 2012. The senior lefty started as the set-up man but was moved into the starting rotation. He pitched 60.1 innings and led BU with 47 strikeouts.
Padove, a pitcher/catcher, won the team's mental attitude award. He batted .350 this year and made 12 pitching appearances on the season.
2012 Butler Team Awards
|Team MVP||Pat Gelwicks|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Pat Gelwicks|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Radley Haddad|
|Newcomer of the Year||Jimmy Risi|
|Pitcher of the Year||Brad Schnitzer|
|Mental Attitude Award||Brian Padove|