In addition to Ball State baseball’s Scott Baker being named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year, Baker and Billy Wellman received All-MAC First-Team honors, while Sean Godfrey was named to the second team.
Baker, who enters the MAC Tournament with an 11-1 record, owns a 1.63 earned-run average on the season. Baker has struck out 80 batters in 99.1 innings and allowed only 18 earned runs. Opponents are hitting only .218 against Baker, and he owns a 6-1 conference record with a 1.58 ERA in league games. Baker ranks fifth in the nation in pitching victories. He is 15th in the nation in complete games (5), 21st in ERA (1.63), 47th in strikeouts per inning (9.35) and 86th in strikeouts (80). Baker and Chris Marangon are tied for 14th nationally in games started with 14 apiece. Baker is the third Ball State pitcher to ever receive the MAC Pitcher of the Year award. Erik Morrison received the honor after the 2005 season, while Bryan Bullington won the award after the 2001 and 2002 campaigns.
Wellman, a junior third baseman, is batting .315 through 51 games and is second for the Cardinals with 35 runs-batted-in. He is second on the team with nine multi-RBI games and is second for the Cardinals with 17 multi-hit games. Wellman is fourth on the team with 12 doubles plus hit his fourth home run of the season in Ball State’s 14-3 win over Northern Illinois May 17.
Godfrey, a junior outfielder who hit his fifth home run of the season vs. Ohio April 27, is leading the team with a .325 batting average and a .485 slugging percentage. He is hitting .345 in Mid-American Conference games this season. Godfrey is second on the team with 14 doubles, five home runs and two triples. He has a team-best 22 multi-hit games in 2013 plus has six multi-RBI contests.