May 25, 2010

Five Bulldogs Named All-Horizon League

2010 ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE TEAMS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball program, which just completed its best regular season with its most wins since 2007, has five players who were honored on this year’s All-Horizon League teams. Senior Kyle Schultz and junior Luke Duncan were named second team All-Horizon League while three juniors – Kevin Crane, Corey Moylan and Kyle Waggoner – were named to the all-newcomer team.

“All of these guys are very deserving of the honors they have received,” head coach Steve Farley said. “These young men are good students and they are good teammates. Their efforts, along with the coaching of Matt Tyner, Jeff Brown and Bobby Segal, have been instrumental in turning things around for the Butler baseball team this spring.”

Schultz (Granger, Ind./Penn), BU’s starting first baseman and one of just five seniors on this year’s team, finished the regular season second on the team with a .349 batting average while adding 24 RBIs. He was also second on the team in league play, batting. 381 while tying for the team lead with eight doubles.

Duncan (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) was second in the Horizon League among second basemen in most offensive categories. He finished the regular season hitting .337 and tied for the team lead with three triples. His .441 on-base percentage is third among Butler players.

Butler’s three all-newcomer honorees are transfers who make up the team’s starting outfield. Crane, a rightfielder from Crete, Ill., came to Butler from Parkland College in Illinois. Crane became the team’s top run producer this season, driving in a team-best 45 runs. He hit .318 with three home runs and 14 doubles during the regular season. He was Butler’s best hitter in Horizon League play, boasting a .409 average with 26 RBIs in 18 games.

Moylan, a centerfielder from Glenview, Ill., came to Butler after playing two years at the University of Vermont. Once Vermont discontinued varsity baseball, Moylan transferred to BU and has become an impact player. He led the Bulldogs with a .369 batting average this season, while also posting team highs in doubles (15), hits (66), walks (32), slugging (.525) and on-base percentage (.472). Moylan, who is Butler’s only player to start every game this season, hit .368 against league opponents.

Waggoner (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) transferred to Butler from Indiana University and is the team’s regular leftfielder. The junior batted .338 this season while leading the team in stolen bases (9). Waggoner, who hit .354 in league games, recently set a single-game school record with six hits. He went 6-for-7 on May 21 against Cleveland State.

“Kyle has given us excellent senior leadership this season and Luke, Corey, Kyle and Kevin are guys we will be counting on again next year as veteran players who play at a very high level,” Farley said.

Butler (21-27, 11-13 HL) will play in the Horizon League Baseball Championship this week against Valparaiso. The six-team tournament will be played at the U.S. Steelyard in Gary, Ind., May 26-29.