Edwardsburg’s Kyle Slack has been named to the honorable mention portion of the Mid-American Conference Baseball Academic team. (Photo courtesy of the University of Florida)
Edwardsburg’s Kyle Slack has been named to the honorable mention portion of the Mid-American Conference Baseball Academic team. (Photo courtesy of the University of Florida)

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Edwardsburg grad making strides

Published 8:21am Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Mid-American Conference announced its 2014 Baseball Academic All-MAC team Monday, as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. A total of 26 student-athletes were named to the team.

Edwardsburg’s Kyle Slack, a junior-to-be at Toledo, was an honorable mention selection.

The number of honorees on the MAC All-Academic Team are the number that is set for the specific sport or 33 percent of the number of nominees, whichever is greater.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

One of the Rockets’ mid-week starters, Slack appeared in 13 games, making 12 starts and posting a record of 4-6 with 5.47 ERA.

In MAC play, he went 1-2 with eight strikeouts and a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 IP.

Slack accumulated 52.2 innings of work, surrendering 39 runs (32 earned) on 51 hits with 36 strikeouts. He was second on the team in wins, opponent batting average (.254) and games started, third in innings pitched and fourth in strikeouts.

Slack went a career-tying high six scoreless frames at Youngstown State in the non-league finale, allowing only one hit with three strikeouts to earn victory (May 13). He threw a career-tying best six innings against Ohio in the series finale, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits with two strikeouts to earn the victory.

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