Freshman Chris Klein - 2011 CCAC Baseball Freshman of the Year
Freshman Chris Klein - 2011 CCAC Baseball Freshman of the Year
Baseball - Thu, May. 12, 2011
Joliet, Ill. - Freshman outfielder Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) was named the 2011 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Freshman of the Year and earned first team recognition to highlight four Saint Xavier University baseball players that earned all-conference honors when the teams were announced by the conference office Wednesday. In addition to Klein, junior catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) also represented the Cougars on the first team, while freshman first baseman Brad Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) and sophomore third baseman Mike Pokers (Lansing, Ill./Andrean) were named to the second team. SXU senior center fielder Anthony Maziur (Oak Forest, Ill./Northern Illinois University/Oak Forest) earned a spot on the nine-player CCAC Gold Glove Team as well.

Klein had a huge debut season for the Cougars hitting .383 (51-for-133) with 40 runs scored and 26 RBI over 42 games played. He finished second on the team in doubles (12) and home runs (4) and had Saint Xavier's best slugging percentage (.594). Pipolo also had a nice season for SXU batting .394 (71-for-180) with a team-best 71 hits in 53 games. He was second on the squad with 47 RBI and tallied 10 doubles and four homers as well on the year. Playing in 51 games for the Cougars, Myjak hit .299 (46-for-154) and posted 10 doubles, two triples and two home runs. He scored 34 runs and 29 RBI and was also a force defensively leading the team with 333 putouts compared to just seven errors (.981 fielding percentage). Pokers led Saint Xavier with a .417 batting average (48-for-115) over 38 games. He also recorded 10 doubles, 32 runs scored and 24 RBI. Maziur had SXU's highest fielding percentage at .985 anchoring the middle of the outfield with 132 putouts and an assist to just two errors.

Saint Xavier finished the 2011 campaign with a 28-27-1 overall record and claimed third place in the South Division of the CCAC with a 19-11 mark. The Cougars earned a spot into last week's six-team CCAC Baseball Tournament and got off to a hot start following a 6-4 victory over No. 1 seed Robert Morris University (Ill.). However, back-to-back losses to No. 4 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) and No. 2 seed University of St. Francis (Ill.), respectively, eliminated SXU from tournament play and ended its season.