Baseball Team Earns Four All-Region Awards

KovacsEC2TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball players combined for four NCAA Division III all-Mideast Region awards, in results released today by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Senior Michael Kovacs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) captured two awards, earning first-team all-region and first-team regional Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. 

Junior Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington, Ill./University) claimed third-team honors at designated hitter, and sophomore Bobby Newman (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) earned third-team honors at third base.

Kovacs will advance to the national ballot, with the American Baseball Coaches Association National Teams scheduled for release on Friday.

Kovacs batted .414 with 16 doubles, six home runs and a team-high 13 stolen bases this season.  He tallied 70 hits, 49 runs scored and 39 RBIs with a team-high .627 slugging average.

D'Baugh2Defensively, Kovacs committed just one error in 105 fielding attempts with four outfield assists for a .990 fielding average.  He earned first-team all-league honors in 2011 and holds Rose-Hulman career record with 176 games played.

In addition, Kovacs stands second in school history with 630 at bats and 316 total bases, and is just the second Fightin' Engineers with 200 hits and 50 doubles at Rose-Hulman.

Dauenbaugh batted .440 on the season with 59 hits, 38 RBIs and 33 runs scored.  He contributed 11 doubles, a .479 on-base average and six home runs for the Fightin' Engineers this season.

Dauenbaugh's most notable effort came against Bluffton, when he established new school records with eight RBIs and six runs scored.  He will enter his senior season with the college's career batting average record (.428).

NewmanDC1Newman batted .401 with 63 hits, 16 doubles and two home runs in his first season as the team's starting third baseman.  He contributed 42 RBIs and scored 37 runs with a .486 on-base average and a .580 slugging percentage.

Rose-Hulman finished 27-16 overall for its fourth consecutive trip to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.  The Fightin' Engineers reached the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010.