Checking in with Baseball's Matt Rosinski
Two-run home run in eighth hands RedHawks first loss of MAC Tournament
Thoreson gives up two hits in nine innings while Bower's two-out single in 10th lifts RedHawks
Senior lefty scatters five hits, faces four over the minimum
Honchel named Freshman of the Year and first-team All-MAC, Bower gains second team
Played in 49 games, starting 37... opened 32 games as the designated hitter with the other five starts coming at first base... batted .262 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in... walked 12 times to raise his on-base percentage to .311... added nine doubles for a .362 slugging percentage... hit safely in 20 games, registering multiple hits on six occasions... Tallied a season-high four hits, all singles, in the opening game of the Western Michigan series (April 15)... recorded three hits at Northern Illinois one week earlier (April 8)... had four other games with two hits... had a eight-game hitting streak from March 9 to 26 (game one)... ended the year with hits in four straight, all at the MAC Tournament... had two errors in 51 chances for a .961 fielding percentage.
Played in 40 games, starting 27.... batted .298 with six home runs and 23 RBIs... walked 12 times and was hit twice for a .369 on-base percentage... had a .535 slugging percentage... had 10 multiple-hit games, including a season best of four in a 12-11 victory over Xavier (4/6)... drove in multiple runs in eight games... hit his first career home run and drove in a season-best three RBIs in a 14-3 victory at Lehigh (3/9)... stole a base for the first time in his career in an 8-1 victory over Ohio (5/20).
Earned three letters playing first base and pitching for Cathedral High School under head coach Rich Andriole ... hit .415 with 30 RBIs and five home runs while leading the Fighting Irish to a 26-0 regular-season record as a senior ... as a sophomore helped lead Cathedral to a 4A state championship ... named first-team all-city as a junior and senior.
Born in July of 1990 in Indianapolis, Ind. ... son of Kevin and Maureen Bower ... majoring in marketing ... older sister, Megan, plays volleyball at the University of Michigan ... dad, Kevin, played basketball at Bentley University ... great uncle played for the New York Yankees.