Provided by LCU Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas (May 7, 2014) – Lubbock Christian University was well represented among the 2014 All-Heartland Conference Baseball Team, as eight Chaparral members were selected by the conference's head baseball coaches. The 38-member list included five LCU members on the First Team (Joel Lutz, Wigberto Nevarez, Jesus Pintado, Tanner Rainey and Brandon Wilson) and three LCU members on the Second Team (Tim Carlson, Brig Gerlich, Hunter McFall).
Lutz, a senior third baseman, was one of three players to start in all 49 games this season. The Medicine Hat, Alberta native leads the Heartland Conference in home runs (14), RBI (56), runs (52), slugging (.718), doubles (22) and total bases (127). He is also tied for second in sacrifice flies (5) and tied for sixth in hits (61). Nationally, he ranks fourth in doubles, tied for sixth in homers, ninth in slugging and tied for tenth in RBI. He led the team with an 18-game hit streak during the season and co-led in multiple RBI games (16).
Nevarez, a Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, hit .384 on the season and started in all 49 games. The senior catcher ranks second in the conference in home runs (10), third in batting (.384) and slugging (.638), tied for third in hits (68) and total bases (113), fifth in on-base percentage (.453), RBI (42) and seventh in runs (42). Nevarez led the team in multi-hit games (22).
Pintado, in his first season with the Chaps, appeared in 48 games this season and hit .368. The sophomore from Miami, Fla. finished second in the conference in at-bats (185), third in plate appearances (213) and sacrifice bunts (10), tied for third in hits (68), fourth in runs (45) sixth in total bases (86) and tied for sixth in hitting (.368). The shortstop was sixth in the conference in fielding assists with 120. He only struck out 15 times in 213 plate appearances.
Rainey concluded a senior season hitting .341 on the season and made starts in 45 games. In conference play, the Geronimo, Oklahoma native is tied for second in runs (49), seventh in walks (25) and eighth in on-base percentage (.442). The Chaps centerfielder had 57 hits and 10 doubles this season.
Wilson, a senior first baseman, started in all 49 games this season and ranks fifth in the conference hitting .372. The Milliken, Colo. native also leads the conference in sacrifice flies (6) and ranks second in slugging (.644), RBI (55), total bases (116), tied for second in doubles (18), third in home runs (9), tied for fourth in runs (45) and fifth in hits (67). Wilson reached base safely in each of the final 27 games. He co-led the team in multiple RBI games with 16.
The Chaps had a pair of pitchers make the Second Team. Carlson, a senior from Omaha, Texas, ranks tied for sixth in the conference in wins (8), tied for seventh in starts (13) and ninth in innings pitched (82.2). The senior lefty went 8-1 with a 3.70 ERA and also had a save in his only relief outing.
Gerlich, a Seguin, Texas native, went 11-0 this season and is the only player in NCAA Div. II without a loss and at least 11 wins. The junior right-hander co-led the conference in wins (11) and starts (14), and ranked eighth in strikeouts (61) and innings pitched (85). He had a 3.92 ERA and a team-leading three complete games.
McFall claimed Second Team as a second baseman. The San Antonio, Texas native sits second in the conference in batting (.388), sixth in slugging (.558), tied for sixth in doubles (15) and ninth in total bases (82). The junior closed out the season with at least one hit in his final 23 consecutive starts and had 12 multi-hit performances in his last 19 starts.
The Chaps and St. Edward's University co-led in representatives with eight each. As part of their transition to NCAA Div. II, they were not eligible for individual award honors. The Chaps finished atop the conference standings with a 26-4 record. They went 39-10 overall.