Four Jays Earn All-MVC Recognition in Baseball

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Jake Peter and Alex Staehely each earned All-MVC Second Team honors on Monday.
Courtesy: Mike Spomer

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - In their final season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Creighton Baseball team had four Jays earn All-MVC Recognition.  The four Jays were junior Federico Castagnini (All-MVC Honorable Mention), sophomore Jake Peter (All-MVC Second Team & MVC All-Defensive Team), senior Alex Staehely (All-MVC Second Team) and freshman Tommy Strunc (All-MVC Honorable Mention).

A two-time MVC Player of the Week (April 8 & 22), Castagnini has a .317 average, including 51 hits in his first season with the Jays.  Federico is third on the team with 27 RBI and has consistently been in the top five of the NCAA in sacrifice's per game, entering the MVC Tournament with 19 sacrifice bunts (0.45 per game). 

Peter picked up the first two of what is likely to be an overloaded award bookcase.  He is the Bluejays' leader in average (.345), hits (67), RBI (35) and is second in doubles (10), triples (5) as well as slugging percentage (.464).  Defensively, Peter committed just four errors in 219 chances, a .982 fielding percentage.  On the mound, Jake has served as the Jays' closer this season, collecting six saves and two wins in 14 appearances.  Peter has a 3.07 ERA in 14.2 innings, walking just three batters and collecting 18 punch-outs.

Staehely closed his Creighton career with his first All-MVC selection.  The four-year Bluejay starter, posted a .252 average in 2013.  Staehely collected 41 hits, including two home runs (second on the team).  He leads Creighton with 12 doubles and is second for the Jays with 26 walks.  Alex opened the 2013 season by earning the MVC Player of the Week nod on February 18. 

Creighton's final award winner was freshman hurler, Tommy Strunc. Grabbing the reins of the Bluejay staff, Strunc claimed the mantel of ace by early March.  He closed the regular season with a 7-2 record in 13 starts.  Strunc led the Jays with 70.0 innings pitched, earning a 4.11 ERA.  Tommy enters the MVC Tournament with 55 strikeouts and 39 walks.

The No. 3 seed, Creighton opens the MVC Tournament against No. 6 Indiana State on Tuesday, May 21 at 9 a.m.

First Team
1B - Kyle Stanton, Illinois State
2B - Eric Cheray, Missouri State
SS - Brett Kay, Illinois State
3B - Zac Johnson, Illinois State
C - Mike Hollenbeck, Illinois State
DH - Greg Partyka, Bradley
UT - Tyler Baker, Wichita State
OF - Eric Aguilera, Illinois State
OF - Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville
OF - Mike Tauchman, Bradley
SP - Nick Petree, Missouri State
SP - Chris Razo, Illinois State
SP - Dan Savas, Illinois State
RP - Brandon Peterson, Wichita State
RP - Jeremy Rhoades, Illinois State
Second Team
1B - Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
2B - Jake Peter, Creighton
SS - Alex Staehely, Creighton
3B - Koby Kraemer, Indiana State
C - Chris Pearson, Evansville
UT - Austin Montgomerey, Southern Illinois
OF - Garrett Bayliff, Wichita State
OF - Keenen Maddox, Missouri State
OF - Tate Matheny, Missouri State
SP - Cale Elam, Wichita State
SP - Cody Forsythe, Southern Illinois
SP - Kyle Lloyd, Evansville
SP - Sean Manaea, Indiana State
RP - Todd Eaton, Southern Illinois
RP - Jacob Naumann, Evansville
Honorable Mention
1B - Robby Ort, Indiana State
2B - Jake Welch, Southern Illinois
SS - Erik Harbutz, Wichita State
SS - Travis McComack, Missouri State
3B - Federico Castagnini, Creighton
C - Luke Voit, Missouri State
OF - Chad Hinshaw, Illinois State
OF - Jason Hockemeyer, Evansville
SP - Tommy Strunc, Creighton
RP - Tyler Dray, Southern Illinois
RP - Kurt Kudrecki, Indiana State
RP - Aaron LaBrie, Wichita State
RP - Albert Minnis, Wichita State
RP - Erik Shannahan, Missouri State
All-Defensive Team
1B - Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
2B - Jake Peter, Creighton
SS - Brett Kay, Illinois State
3B - Koby Kraemer, Indiana State
C - Austin Jarvis, Bradley
OF - Garrett Bayliff, Wichita state
OF - Chad Hinshaw, Illinois State
OF - Mike Tauchman, Bradley
P - Nick Petree, Missouri State

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