Joliet, Ill. – Led by three first-team selections, the Saint Xavier University baseball team have five of its players named to the 2012 All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Baseball Team when the awards were announced by the conference office Monday. Senior shortstop Adam Koglin (Henderson, Nev./UNLV/Silverado), junior catcher Tony O'Shea (Valparaiso, Ind./Mount Carmel) and sophomore outfielder Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) were all named first-team selections, while senior second baseman Tom Simek (New Lenox, Ill./St. Laurence) and junior third baseman Mike Pokers earned second-team recognition. In addition, Koglin and Simek both claimed spots on the nine-man 2012 CCAC Gold Glove Team for their defensive credentials.
Koglin led the Cougars in both hits (83) and runs scored (58) as well as finishing second in RBI (54) and stolen bases (10). He hit an impressive .381 (83-for-218) on the year and started at shortstop in 56 of the team's 58 games with a solid fielding percentage of .957. O'Shea hit .368 (67-for-182) with 53 runs scored and 30 RBI, while leading the team with 248 putouts. As the team's starting catcher, he was stellar defensively behind the plate with a fielding percentage of .982. Klein finished tied with Koglin for the team lead in hits with 83, while also racking up team-bests in doubles (21), triples (5) and stolen bases (12). He was second on the squad in runs scored (57) and third in RBI (50).
Simek hit .318 (48-for-151) with 48 runs scored and 25 RBI. In his 47 starts at second baseman, he was an amazing defensive presence finishing second on the team in assists (105) and fielding percentage (.984). Pokers had a team-best batting average of .414 (55-for-133) and posted 12 doubles, 38 runs scored and 39 RBI despite only playing in 39 games this season due to injury.
Saint Xavier finished its 2012 season Friday at the 2012 CCAC Baseball Tournament with a hard-fought 11-10 loss to No. 17 ranked Judson University (Ill.) in 11 innings. The Cougars ended the year with an overall record of 35-23 and finished fourth in the regular season conference standings with a 20-10 mark.