Juniors Giusti and Rodriguez receive first team honors from Lone Star Conference
and led a group of nine Wildcats recognized by the Lone Star Conference as the league today announced its annual baseball postseason awards. The awards are voted upon by the league coaches.
The junior third baseman and relief ace represented Abilene Christian on the all-conference first team. Seniors , , and were all tabbed to the second team, while sophomore , junior and senior all received honorable mention citations.
Rodriguez pitched brilliantly out of the bullpen and finished the regular season ranked among the national and conference leaders with a 2.26 earned-run average and six saves. He also led the LSC with 28 appearances and ranked fifth with a .229 opponents' batting average.
Rodriguez was one of three ACU pitchers named all-conference along with Saturday starters Hahn and Lambrix. Hahn, in his first season as a Wildcat, led the league with 85 strikeouts and 77.2 innings pitched, ranked fifth with seven victories and tied for fourth with four complete games.
Lambrix, in his final season as a Wildcat, joined the rotation midway through the season and finished 4-4 with a 2.78 ERA, four complete games and 40 strikeouts. He also had the lowest ERA of any ACU starter at 2.31.
Giusti was the Wildcats' best hitter vs. the conference (.363), which boosted his overall season average to a team-best .342. He also was very consistent with runners on base, finishing with 39 RBI – six behind league-leader Lee Neumann of Angelo State. Giusti collected a career high four RBI in his Wildcat debut vs. Arkansas-Monticello at Houston's Minute Maid Park and matched that total three more times against Eastern New Mexico, Delta State and Cameron.
Giusti's performance against the then-No. 1 ranked Statesmen combined with a fine weekend at then-No. 24 Incarnate Word, earned the Santa Fe, Texas, native NCAA Division II National Hitter of the Week honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Giusti that week hit .550 and ripped two extra-base hits – including a bases-loaded triple vs. the Statesmen – drove in seven runners and scored four times.
Conwell led the Wildcats with three home runs, all of which came against Eastern New Mexico on March 29 and tied the school's and conference's single-game record. The Renton, Wash., native's first two home runs pulled the Wildcats within a run at 4-3, and then in his final at-bat leading off the seventh inning, he clubbed ACU's first walk-off shot since 2008.
Conwell finished the regular season with a .300 batting average, 26 runs, 11 extra-base hits and 20 RBI.
Schuetze was one of three Wildcats to play in all 50 games, splitting time between right and center field. The senior and member of the LSC's all-academic team hit .333, led all ACU players with 13 doubles, and ranks among the D-II leaders with four sacrifice flies and 11 sacrifice hits.
Eager, last year's LSC Freshman of the Year, hit .295 as a sophomore (.313 vs. conference) with 24 runs, seven extra-base hits and 29 RBI, while Spivey batted .317 and scored a team-high 42 runs during his first year in Abilene.
Macy started 50 games as a catcher and designated hitter, batting .291 with 25 runs and 28 RBI. He finished among the league leaders with 29 walks.
The Wildcats begin their run at a Lone Star Conference Championship Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Texas A&M-Kingsville. The game will be broadcast locally on AM-1280 KSLI and on the Internet via FoxSportsSouthwest.com.
Information for this story provided by ACU Sports Information.