2011 Media Guide
MOORE NAMED GREAT LAKES MANAGER OF THE
YEAR/DUNFEE NAMED 2ND TEAM
In just his first season as Manager of the Southern Ohio
Copperheads, Bears' Assistant Coach Chris Moore was named Joe
Carbone Manager of the Year for the Great Lakes League.
During the summer, Moore led the Copperheads to a 29-13 record,
clinching the South Division title. On Sunday, the Copperheads
clinched the overall #1 seed in the tournament, which begins
today, with a win over the Lexington Hustlers.
Bear's pitcher Austin Dunfee also received recognition as he
earned 2nd Team All-Great Lakes League. The right-handed pitcher
had a 1-0 record on the mound with a save, posting a phenomenal
0.48 earned runs average in 18.2 innings.
Southern Ohio opens the Great Lakes Playoffs tonight against the
Xenia Scouts at 7:00 p.m.. The Copperheads return home tomorrow
night hosting the Scouts in game two of the playoffs at Bob Wren
Stadium on the campus of Ohio University. Game time is slated
for 7:30 p.m. Game three of the series (if necessary) will
be Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Athens.
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Shawnee State's Assistant Baseball Coach Chris Moore
named Great Lakes League Manager of the Year
BASEBALL ANNOUNCES WALK-ON PLAYER INFORMATION
Head Baseball Coach Ted Tom has announced an informational
meeting for all interested walk-on baseball players on Monday,
August 22 at 9:00 p.m. in room 117 of the Athletic Center.
Walk-on tryouts will take place on Friday, August 26 at 3:00
p.m. and Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. Both dates
action will take place at Branch Rickey Park. For more
information, please contact Coach Tom in the baseball office at
740-351-3537 or by email,
BASEBALL ANNOUNCES WALK-ON PLAYER INFORMATION
Coach Ted Tom as
announced that Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 will
serve as the Baseball Alumni Weekend. Friday will kick off the
weekend with a golf scramble at the Shawnee State Golf Course
beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, a homerun derby will kick off the day beginning at
2:00 p.m. The annual alumni game will take place afterwards with
alumni teaming with current players split into two teams. To
close out the weekend, there will be a social following the
For more details, contact Ted Tom at 740-351-3537 or by email,
TO BUCKEYE STATE BASEBALL DREAM TEAM
Shawnee State's catcher, Phillip Butler was named to the Buckeye
State Dream Team. Butler is one of 15 players across Ohio that
earned the honor.
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NAMED 1ST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Shawnee State senior catcher Phillip Butler was named 1st Team
All-American, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches
Association All-America Selection Committee.
"What a tremendous honor!," says Head Baseball Coach Ted Tom. "I
am very excited for Phillip winning this award. It is a true
testament to his hard work and dedication to our program that he
receives this. Make no mistake about the fact that our program
began winning championships upon Phillip's arrival to Shawnee
The Spring, Texas native becomes the program's first 1st Team
honoree and first to be named All-American twice during their
career. This season, the Mid-South Player of the Year led the
Bears to the MSC Tournament Championship and to their first NAIA
National Tournament appearance since 2000.
"Being the first baseball player at Shawnee to be named a 1st
Team All-American as well as being the only two-time
All-American is quite an honor considering the players who have
played here," adds Tom. "Phillip had an outstanding career at
Shawnee State. He was part of a group that took our program to
new heights. The numbers and awards speak for themselves making
Phillip one of the all-time finest to wear a Bear uniform."
Butler finished the season sixth in the NAIA in total runs
batted in (74) and twelfth in doubles (21). He also compiled a
batting average of .356 with 29 runs, 77 hits, two triples, 10
home runs with a slugging percentage of .611. He was named
Mid-South Player of the Week four times this season.
OPENING ROUND RELEASED; SSU OPENS WITH INDIANA TECH
The Shawnee State Baseball Team will travel to Cleveland, TN for
the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament. The Bears
received a No. 5 seed and will open the double-elimination
tournament against No. 4 seed Indiana Tech on Thursday at noon.
The winner of game one advances to face No. 1 seed Lee
University on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The loser of game one
will face the loser of the No. 2 Missouri Baptist and No. 3
Culver-Stockton game on Friday at noon.
reaches the NAIA Tournament after sweeping through the Mid-South
Tournament to receive the MSC's second automatic bid.
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EARNS FOURTH MSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior Phillip Butler was named the Mid-South Conference
Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending May 1. This is
the fourth award of the season for Butler.
Butler, the Spring, TX native, helped the
Bears to three wins in the MSC Tournament with a .615 batting
average going 8-for-13 at the plate. He finished with three
doubles and six RBI's in three games.
He recorded four hits in the Bears' 12-2 win
over the University of the Cumberlands in the MSC Tournament
opener. In the Bears' thrilling 2-1 win over Virginia-Wise,
Butler had the winning RBI. He had three more hits in an 8-4 win
over St. Catharine College to keep the Bears the lone unbeaten
team in the tournament.
This season, he leads the MSC in slugging
percentage (.621), hits (69), RBI's (67), doubles (18) and home
runs (10). He ranks fifth in the conference with a .354
BUTLER MSC PLAYER OF YEAR; NINE BEARS EARN POST SEASON HONORS
Shawnee State catcher Phillip Butler was named MSC Player of the
Year at the conference's annual banquet on Friday morning.
Joining Butler on the MSC All-Conference team is third baseman
Cody Morrison, while outfielder Kendal Coleman and first baseman
Danny Gesick were named Honorable Mention. Cory Pallutch was
also recognized as the MSC Champions of Character
Representative, while AJ Gomez, Josue Ahorrio, Jordan Stum and
Aaron Suydam was named to the MSC All-Academic Team.
Butler, a senior from Spring, TX, was named MSC Player of the
Year and All-MSC as he leads the conference in six statistical
categories, including home runs (10), runs batted in (64),
doubles (17), hits (65), total bases (116) and slugging
percentage (.620). On the season, the senior has accumulated
.348 batting average, ranking 12th in the MSC.
Morrison, a junior from Spring, TX, also was named All-MSC. The
junior infielder leads the team with a .354 batting average and
four triples on the season. He is second on the team with 58
hits, while also accumulating 33 runs scored, nine doubles, four
home runs and batted in 35 runs for the Bears.
Coleman, a junior from Hillsboro, OH earned Honorable Mention
All-MSC. Coleman leads the MSC with 30 stolen bases and 56
runs on the season. He also ranks second on the team with a .348
batting average to go along with 56 hits, eight doubles, a
triple and 35 RBI's.
Gesick, a junior from Pickerington, OH was named Honorable
Mention All-MSC. Gesick ranks second on the team with 26 runs
scored, 11 doubles, six home runs and 49 runs batted in. On the
season, he has accumulated a .313 batting average with 56 hits.
Pallutch (Conneaut, OH) was named the MSC Baseball Champions of
Character recipient. Pallutch earned the award for his civic and
servant leadership within the campus and community.
Gomez (Spring, TX), Ahorrio (Chicago, IL), Stum (Tipp City, OH)
and Suydam (Painesville, OH) were named to the MSC All-Academic
Team. This honor goes to student-athletes with a sophomore or
higher class ranking and a 3.25 and above grade point average.
SSU TO HOLD YOUTH
Shawnee State University Baseball Head Coach Ted Tom is pleased
to announce June 7th-9th as the dates for Shawnee
State University Youth Baseball Camp. This is a fantastic
opportunity for boys and girls between the ages of 6-14 to learn
the fundamental building blocks of baseball directly from the
SSU coaching staff and players. Camp will run each day from 9am
until noon featuring defensive instruction for infield and
outfield play, offensive instruction, and pitching and
catching. The Bears are coming off a historical season in which
they won their first ever regular season American Mideast
Conference championship and saw Coach Tom named AMC Coach of the
Year. Each camper will receive in-depth instruction on his or
her play in what promises to be a fun and informative camp. If
you want to be a part of the fun, please fill out a player
registration form and send it back to the SSU Baseball Office by
June 3rd. Cost for the three day camp is $40 per
player. Please contact Chris Moore at (740) 821-4351 or
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
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SSU TO HOLD SPRING
Shawnee State University Head Baseball Coach Ted Tom is pleased
to announce May 22nd as the date for the fourth annual Spring
Prospect Showcase. The showcase will be held at Branch Rickey
Park in Portsmouth, OH and will be conducted by the SSU coaching
staff directly. Cost for the camp is $60 for individual
players. The Bears are coming off a historic season in which
the won their first ever American Mideast Conference regular
season championship and Coach Tom was named Coach of the
Year. Camps at Shawnee State have proven to be a successful
recruiting tool for the program as at least one player has
signed to play at Shawnee State from every single camp hosted by
the current staff. There are team rates available for high
school teams that send six or more players. The form for
registration and an itinerary can be found by following the link
below. Please call Chris Moore at (740) 821-4351 or email at
email@example.com for more information.
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TED TOM COLLECTS 100TH CAREER WIN
Shawnee State baseball coach Ted Tom reached his 100th career
win as the Bears picked up a doubleheader split at
Campbellsville University on Sunday, April 17.
Tom earned his 100th victory in the Bears 3-1 win over the
Tigers in game two. Tom is in his fourth season as manager of
the Bears' program and has accumulated a career record of
100-109. This season, Shawnee State boasts a season record of
29-21 and an 14-12 mark in the Mid-South Conference.
"I think anytime you reach a milestone, it is an honor to have
the players and the coaching staff that you have," said Head
Coach Ted Tom. "I have surrounded myself with great assistant
coaches, who have the same vision and wish to accomplish the
same goals. We also have had the opportunity to recruit quality
athletes and if we are able to continue, I am confident that we
will reach more milestones."
The Bears fell 3-1 in the opener. The Tigers held the Bears
scoreless, leading 3-0 until the seventh inning when Colin Keim
drove in Danny Gesick for the Bears' only run of the game.
Andrew Carter was tagged with the loss and goes to 6-3 on the
mound. Carter pitched a complete game allowing three runs (two
earned) on five hits. He walked two batters, while striking out
CU's Rusty Devitt picked up the win pitching a complete game
allowing one run, four hits and three walks. He struck out eight
Bears on the day.
The Bears' revenged their loss as they captured a 3-1 win to
give Coach Tom his milestone victory. Campbellsville got on the
board first as Jameel Ziadeh hit a double to score Michael
Durhamin the second inning.
Shawnee State knotted the game at 1-1 in the fourth. Kendal
Coleman led the Bears off with a single through the middle and
then advanced to third on a base hit by Phillip Butler. Coleman
scored on defensive interference to put the Bears on the board.
In the top of the sixth, Gesick hit a single to shallow right to
score Coleman. Colin Keim followed with a single of his own to
score pinch runner Quentin Everman and give the Bears the 3-1
Cory Pallutch got the win for the Bears and improves to 6-2 on
the mound. He started and worked 5.0 innings, allowing only one
run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Josh
Kauffman came in during the sixth and worked 1.1 innings and
didn’t allow a hit. SSU's closer, Jordan Williams picked up the
save, pitching the final 0.2 inning and giving up two hits, one
walk, while striking out two.
Butler and Keim each went 2-for-3 on the day.
The two teams square off today at 2:00 p.m. for games three and
four of the series. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. Shawnee
State can capture the MSC East Title with a pair of victories.
BUTLER EARNS MSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
For the second consecutive week and third time this year, senior
Phillip Butler has been named MSC Player of the Week.
Butler, the Spring, Texas native, hit two grand slams last week
in the Bears' series against University of Virginia-Wise while
tallying 13 RBI's to earn MSC honors.
He finished the week with four runs, two home runs and a stolen
base while accumulating a .737 slugging percentage.
Butler now leads the NAIA with 63 runs batted in on the season.
He also leads the MSC in five offensive categories,
including slugging percentage (.698), hits (62), doubles (17),
home runs (10), and RBI's (63).
BUTLER EARNS MSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
For the second time this season, senior Phillip Butler has been
named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.
The Spring, TX native, earned this honor as he
batted .500 (11-for-22) on the week with two home runs, two
doubles, a triple and nine runs batted in. He recorded
hits in all but one of Shawnee State's games last week,
including a three-hit game and a pair of two-hit games.
Butler scored five times as the Bears split
their eight games and amassed a 1.00 slugging percentage on the
This season, Butler leads the Mid-South in
seven categories including slugging percentage (.685), hits
(54), doubles (16) and home runs (8).
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NAMED MSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior catcher Phillip Butler (Spring, TX) was named Mid-South
Conference Player of the Week for the week of March 14.
On the week Butler accumulated a .385 batting
average with two home runs and 11 RBI's to earn MSC Player of
the Week honor for the first time in his career. He has a pair
of three-hit games to guide the Bears to a record of 4-3 on the
On Friday, during a doubleheader sweep over
Pikeville, Butler recorded six hits and 10 RBIs, including a
three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to
propel the Bears 9-6 over Pikeville.
Butler leads the MSC with 38 RBIs and is tied
for first in the conference in home runs (5) and doubles (12).
His 39 hits are second in the MSC and his .348 batting is 13th
in the conference.
GESICK AND BUTLER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAS
Junior Danny Gesick
and senior Phillip Butler were named to the NAIA Preseason
All-America Team. The 2011 Preseason All-America Teams
boasts a list of 17-players that represent thirteen programs.
The Preseason All-American teams was chosen by the NAIA
All-America Selection Committee.
Gesick and Butler were named Honorable Mention All-American last
Danny Gesick, named to Preseason All-America
led the Bears with 12 homeruns on the season
Phillip Butler, named to Preseason All-America
led the Bears with 19 doubles on the season
SHAWNEE STATE BASEBALL
ANNOUNCES 2011 SCHEDULE
Head Baseball Coach Ted Tom would like to
announce the 2011 baseball schedule which includes 16 games
against teams that competed in the NAIA Opening Round from a
year ago. The Bears will open their 2011 campaign the first
weekend of February at 2010 NAIA World Series participant,
Tennessee Wesleyan followed by a weekend series against 2010
NAIA Runner-up Lee University.
The 2011 season will be the
Bears first season in the Mid-South Conference. Coach Tom had
this to say about the transition, “The Mid-South Conference will
be a whole new ball game in terms of its competitive nature.
Our guys are extremely excited to compete against the level of
competition we will see on a weekly basis and see exactly how we
stack up. With this being said, it is imperative that we have a
tough pre-conference schedule to see where we are.”
The Bears will also travel
to Milligan College in February before conference play begins
against St. Catharine. Conference home contests versus
Pikeville, UVA-Wise, and Cumberlands highlight the home portion
of the conference schedule along with non-conference games
versus Berea and former AMC cohorts Mount Vernon Nazarene,
Cedarville and Notre Dame College. The Bears will enjoy 26
games being played in front of the home faithful at Branch
Rickey Park. The Bears will travel to West Virginia Tech, long
time rival Rio Grande, and finish the season at Campbellsville.
Non-conference road games will see the Bears play Northwestern
Ohio and Division I member University of Dayton. During spring
break, the Bears will play a two game series at Trevecca
Nazarene as well as a one game set with defending National
Champion Cumberland University.
“With our conference
schedule beginning in March, we must begin our season earlier in
February so we can be prepared. It will be a test for our
players to begin playing earlier than ever before. I am excited
to get started and I am confident that our players will meet the
challenge,” says Coach Tom.
TEAM GRAY WINS BLUE/GRAY SERIES IN CONVINCING
To wrap up the fall practice season, the
Shawnee State Baseball team held the Fourth Annual Footer &
Shake Blue/Gray series last week at Branch Rickey Park. Team
Blue won Game 1 behind a strong offensive performance from
junior Danny Gesick (Pickerington, OH) by the score of 7-4.
Game 2 saw Team Gray storm back from an 8-2 deficit, capped of
by a Cody Morrison (Jr., Spring, TX) homerun to win in dramatic
fashion 9-8. Game 3 was a shortened 5-inning contest that saw
the Gray win 5-3.
Team Gray went on to win the
remaining 4 games of the series. In Game 4, junior Austin
Dunfee (Pomeroy, OH) and freshman Blake Kilgore (Firebrick, KY)
combined to shut out Team Blue 8-0. Gray went on to win the
fifth game of the series 9-4. The Gray were led by a six hit
performance over the last two games by Sophomore Colin Keim
(Clinton, OH). Games 4 and 5 were part of the Bears annual
Parents’ Weekend played in front of over 100 friends and family
of the program.
“Our Parents Weekend has
become quite an event for everybody involved with our program.
It is a great opportunity for our parents to intertwine prior to
the season as well as the chance to see this year’s version of
Bears Baseball. The Bear Baseball Nation was out in full force
on Friday and Saturday and I believe our players used the
atmosphere as motivation to showcase their talents. It was a
great culmination to our fall segment of practice,” remarks Head
Coach Ted Tom.
The Bears will next be in
action to begin the 2011 season on Friday, February 4 in Athens,
TN to play Tennessee Wesleyan. Please check our website in the
near future for the full schedule release.
VENTERS SIGNS WITH
Shawnee State alum Jonathon Venters has signed to play
professional baseball with the Pittsfield Colonials in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Colonials are part of the
Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.
Venters made his debut
with the Colonials on Tuesday against the Brockton Rox.
Venters pitched five innings allowing one run on six hits, one
walk while striking out four in the Colonials 2-1 loss.
Venters, a 2008
graduate, was a four-year letter winner in baseball at Shawnee
State. He accumulated a 15-16 record on the mound and a
career ERA of 4.48.