CHICAGO – With senior right fielder/pitcher Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) earning first team recognition and freshman outfielder Bryan Polak (Alsip, Ill./Marist) claiming the Freshman of the Year award, the Saint Xavier University baseball team had plenty of reason to celebrate as four of its players earned a spot on the All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Baseball Team when the postseason awards were announced Monday. Klein was the Cougars' lone representative on the first team, while Polak, senior pitcher Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) and freshman catcher Ryan Pellack (Tinley Park, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) secured spots on the second team. In addition, Pellack was named to the 2014 CCAC Gold Glove Team, the only freshman recognized on the nine-member team.
Klein led the Cougars in several statistical categories this season, including batting average (.346), hits (62), runs scored (40), triples (3), stolen bases (11) and total bases (84). As a pitcher, he was also tough posting a 4-2 win-loss record with a 4.23 earned run average (ERA) and 58 strikeouts over 61.2 innings. Polak had a great debut season with SXU hitting .344 (54-for-157) with 13 doubles, 25 runs scored and 31 RBI. Vachon led the Cougars in ERA at 2.24 as well as strikeouts (74), innings pitched (84.1), starts (12) and complete games (7). Pellack also had a solid debut with SXU this spring hitting .265 (30-for-113) with eight doubles, 25 runs scored and 16 RBI. His biggest contributions to the team came behind the plate where he was a force defensively posting a fielding percentage of .982 with 232 putouts, 42 assists and just five errors.
Saint Xavier (22-27 overall/15-12 CCAC) takes on the No. 2 seed Judson University (Ill.) tonight in the second day of action in the 2014 CCAC Baseball Tournament. The tournament is being played at Hoffer Field in Elgin, Ill. The No. 4 seeded Cougars won their opening game of the tournament Saturday night with a wild 6-5 victory over No. 3 seed Trinity Christian College in 13 innings.