West, Guay, Franklin earn MEC honors

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Three Urbana University baseball student-athletes have been selected to Mountain East Conference teams, as the league announced its postseason awards. First baseman Brent West and pitcher Adam Guay landed on the All-MEC Second Team, while shortstop Isac Franklin appeared on the All-MEC Honorable Mention squad.

West, a senior from Mechanicsville, Virginia, led UU at the plate with a .337 average and .462 slugging percentage, along with a career-best 41 RBI and MEC-best 16 doubles (career high) in his second season as a Blue Knight. He also recorded one triple, one home run and scored 30 runs. One of the most consistent and durable players in recent UU history, West started all 95 games the past two seasons to finish his career with a .341 average, 117 hits, 30 doubles, 70 RBI and three home runs. Even more impressive, West only struck out 24 times in 343 at-bats and boasted a near-flawless fielding percentage of .991.

Guay, a senior from Carrollton, Texas, became UU’s stopper in the rotation with an undefeated record against MEC teams (6-0) and boasted the league’s lowest opponent batting average (.219). The right-hander went 7-1 with four complete games in nine starts, breaking UU’s single-season mark for most wins during the NCAA Division II era. He closed his career with the MEC’s fourth-best ERA (3.23) this season and registered an outstanding K/BB ratio with 48 strikeouts and 16 walks in 69.2 innings on the mound. Guay was also recognized as the MEC Pitcher of the Week on April 24.

Franklin, a junior from Pickerington, Ohio, produced a team-high 58 hits and led the Blue Knights with a .325 average in conference games. He started all 47 games in his first year at UU, producing an overall .330 average in the leadoff spot with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 28 RBI. Franklin was a constant threat on the base paths, leading the Blue Knights with a .420 on-base percentage while swiping 13 bases on 15 steal attempts.

The MEC announced its individual award winners for the 2017 season with Concord’s Chad Frazier taking Player of the Year honors, while Shepherd ace Ryan Pansch earned Pitcher of the Year accolades. UVa-Wise’s Nate Thompson was tabbed as the MEC Freshman of the Year, and Fairmont State’s Phil Caruso was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year.