Pacheco MIAA Freshman of the Year |
Nebraska-Kearney senior Brian Wuest and freshman Anthony Pacheco represent the Lopers on the 2013 All-MIAA team.
The squad, consisting of first and second team as well as honorable mention, was released today. It was chosen last night by the leagueís head coaches at the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City.
Wuest (Prosper, Texas) was chosen to the first-team as a utility player while Pacheco (Kearney Catholic H.S.) received honorable mention accolades as an outfielder but was also selected as the Freshman of the Year.
A 2012 All-American, Wuest split time between left field and first base this season. Among the most feared hitters in the MIAA, he finished at .397 with 17 doubles, 15 HRís and 64 RBIís.
Drawing 42 walks, including five intentional base-on-balls, Wuest had a .821 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage. One of only two Lopers to start all 45 games, he led UNK in nine offensive categories and in putouts (222) in the field.
From June 6-8, Wuest hopes to be the 11th player with UNK ties to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Scouts have been around Kearney all season looking at the 6-2, 215 lbs., slugger.
Pacheco started games in all three outfield spots but played mainly in right. Playing in all 45 contests, he had one of the finest seasons ever by a Loper true freshman, batting .333 with 35 runs scored, nine doubles, four HRís and 33 RBIís.
He also led UNK in sac bunts (seven), ranked second in walks (23) and had a penchant for coming up big in the clutch, including a walk-off homer to beat rival Fort Hays State, 8-7, on March 20th.
In 2010, catcher Chandler Klute was named the Co-RMAC Freshman of the Year, the only other time a UNK baseball player was tabbed with the first-year honor in the Division II era (1991-present).
Regular season champion Missouri Western State has the Player (shortstop Michael Schulze), Pitcher (Brandon Simmons) and Coach (Buzz Verduzco) of the Year. The complete team is attached.