Two Wildcats named to all-region baseball team

Wayne State baseball standouts Andrew Hanson and Ryan Obrecht were named to the D2CCA Baseball All-Central Region Team, as voted on by sports information directors in the Central Region. Both players received second-team All-Central Region honors.

Hanson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound sophomore designated hitter, had a .303 batting average this season. He produced five homers with 31 RBI and ranked second on the team in stolen bases (14-16) and was third on the team in hits with 54. Hanson went 4-for-6 with two homers and a career best six RBI at Fort Hays State on Feb. 14.

Obrecht, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound freshman pitcher, was named first-team All-NSIC after a stellar freshman season on the hill for the Wildcats. He posted a 7-2 record in 12 appearances and nine starts with a 2.04 ERA, ranking fourth in the NSIC. In 57.1 innings of work, Obrecht allowed just 40 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 50 batters with just 15 walks. 

Obrecht had a streak of 21 1/3 scoreless innings late in the season that included three straight shutout wins at Minot State, at Winona State and at home against Concordia-St. Paul. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Concordia-St. Paul on April 24 and finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts and a one-hit shutout in a 11-0 win, resulting in NSIC Pitcher of the Week honors. Obrecht led the NSIC this season in opponent batting average (.194), tied for first in fewest earned runs allowed (13), tied for second in fewest hits allowed (40) and tied for sixth in wins (7). He was also the only pitcher in the NSIC this season to not allow a home run.

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