ANDERSON — Anderson University baseball standout Joe Moran has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, as announced by the conference Monday.
In addition to receiving the MVP award for his offensive abilities, Moran was also selected to the All-HCAC First Team as a pitcher. Thomas Parker and Nick Jones both earned second-team all-conference honors. Adam Paschal was selected Honorable Mention while Kyle Hall was named to the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team.
"These awards are all well-deserved, and they are as much a reflection of their teammates as they are the individual player," Ravens coach Mathew Bair said. "I'm very proud of these guys for their performances this season and what it meant to the success of our team as a whole. Best of all, we get each of them back next season."
Moran led the team with a .362 batting average, going 46-for-127 at the plate. The junior from Anderson High School also topped the team with five home runs and a .478 on-base percentage. Moran drove in 25 runs, scored 27 runs, stole 20 bases and put together a .535 slugging percentage.
In conference action, Moran rolled to a .471 batting average, finishing 33-for-70 at the plate. Moran led the team in batting average, homers (5), RBI (21), on-base percentage (.558) and slugging percentage (.757). He also plated 18 runs.
On the mound, Moran was 7-1 with a 3.20 ERA. He struck out 66 batters, issued 28 walks and allowed 26 runs (21 earned) on 48 hits in 59 innings. Moran allowed a .223 batting average and led the team with 10.07 strikeouts per seven innings. His win total tied for first in the HCAC and tied for 47th in the nation.
During the conference season, Moran finished 4-0 with a 3.34 ERA. Moran paced the team in wins and strikeouts per nine innings (9.51). He punched out 37 batters, yielded 14 walks and gave up 18 runs (13 earned) on 33 hits in 35 innings.
Parker put together a 36-for-130 performance for the season with a .277 batting average. The Huntington native led the conference with 26 stolen bases. Parker stole 0.72 bases per game, which also led the conference and is tied for 27th in the nation. Parker contributed team highs of 10 doubles, three triples and 28 runs.
In conference action, Parker went 20-for-70 with a .286 batting average. Parker produced 15 runs, five doubles, two triples and two homers.
Jones turned in a 40-for-153 performance with a .261 batting average. During the conference season, Jones finished 21-for-78 while stealing 10 bases on 10 attempts.
Paschal went 25-for-92 with a .272 batting average. The junior from Muncie put together a 17-for-53 performance with a .321 batting average during the conference season. Paschal also posted a .455 on-base percentage in conference play.
Hall played a contributing part to the Anderson defense that led the conference in fielding percentage (.956) and double plays per game (0.84). He played in 23 games and started in five.