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Buehler Pitcher of Year, Jenkins Coach of Year Awards Lead 6 All-HCAC Honors

Buehler Pitcher of Year, Jenkins Coach of Year Awards Lead 6 All-HCAC Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured six all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball honors, including two major awards, as the all-league teams were released on Monday.

Junior Luke Buehler was named HCAC Pitcher of the Year after finishing the season with a 7-1 record and a 1.88 ERA.  Jeff Jenkins was named the league co-Coach of the Year after leading Rose-Hulman to the HCAC regular season championship.

First-team all-HCAC honorees included Buehler; senior outfielder David Burnside; and sophomore outfielder Harris Camp.  Second-team all-league award winners were Clayton MayfieldBrian Pershing and Conner Shipley.  Davis Robeson was named honorable mention, and Shaine Mitchell earned a spot on the Christopher M. Ragsdale all-HCAC Sportsmanship Team.

Buehler finished with an ERA under 2.00 for the second consecutive seasons, highlighted by 57 strikeouts in 62.1 innings of work.  In one stretch of HCAC action, he allowed just 1 run in 22.2 innings of work to earn wins over Transylvania, Defiance and Bluffton.  The junior left-hander earned first-team all-HCAC honors for the second consecutive year and ranks third in Rose-Hulman history with a 2.31 ERA.

Jenkins was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career and shared the honor with Defiance head coach Derek Woodley.  Jenkins overall career record stands at 798-539-2, including a Rose-Hulman record of 753-474-1.  The Fightin' Engineer baseball program had won only 440 games in its history prior to his arrival on campus 30 years ago.  Jenkins currently ranks No. 11 among active NCAA Division III coaches in career wins and stands No. 24 on the all-time NCAA Division III baseball coaches winning list with his 798 career victories.

Burnside completed his career ranked No. 3 in Rose-Hulman history with 51 doubles and batted .338 in his career.  The senior outfielder hit .344 this season with 10 doubles and three home runs.  He earned his second career first-team all-HCAC award, graduates as a three-time all-conference player, and earned ABCA all-region honors in 2017.

Camp batted .317 with three doubles, three triples, one home run and 13 stolen bases.  Defense was a major part of Camp's first-team all-league honor, as the sophomore recorded five outfield assists including the final play at the plate in an 11-10 win over Fontbonne.  He scored 20 runs and added 17 RBIs this season.

Mayfield finished 5-1 with a 5.40 ERA on the season and 38 strikeouts in 55 innings of work.  He pitched 8 innings and allowed 1 run in victories over Illinois Tech and Defiance to highlight his individual performances.  Mayfield has a career record of 12-7 with 6 saves and 109 striekouts in 147.1 innings pitched.

Pershing was chosen as a utility player after a successful freshman season at the plate and in the field.  He appeared in 23 games with 17 hits in 37 at bats for a .459 average.  He scored 13 runs and added nine RBIs.  Pershing's most notable accomplishments were on the mound, as he finished the season with 5 saves, a 1.69 ERA, and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings of work.

Shipley completes his career as a three-year starter with 164 hits, 16 doubles and a .333 batting average.  He earned first-team all-HCAC honors in 2017 and captured a spot on the HCAC All-Tournament Team in 2018.  The second baseman scored 98 career runs and hit .326 this season with 44 hits and six doubles.

Mitchell was named to the all-sportsmanship team after batting .321 in 30 games played.  He finished 9-28 at the plate with 11 runs scored as a versatile hitter, defensive substitute in the outfield, and pinch runner called upon as needed.  He stole four bases on the season and had perfect fielding in 26 chances.

Rose-Hulman finished the season with a 27-12 record and won the HCAC regular season championship with a 14-2 mark.  Although the Fightin' Engineers did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, the team's third HCAC regular season title since 2012 helped reestablish Rose-Hulman as one of the top small college baseball programs in the Midwest.