Six Members of Ohio Baseball Named Academic All-MAC

Six Members of Ohio Baseball Named Academic All-MAC

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Academic All-MAC Release

CLEVELAND – Six members of the Ohio Baseball team were named Academic All-Mid-American Conference, the league announced today (June 18). Sophomore Treyben Funderburg (Beavercreek, Ohio), redshirt senior Nick Kamrada (Grand Ledge, Mich.), sophomore Aaron Levy (Cincinnati, Ohio), redshirt freshman Jack Liberatore (Greensburg, Pa.), redshirt freshman Trevor Lukkes (Tustin, Calif.) and senior Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) all made the team. 

Funderburg, an Electrical Engineering major, made the Academic All-MAC list for the first time in his career. Funderburg started 46 games and appeared in 49 for Ohio, hitting .276. His .276 batting average was the second-best on the team. Funderburg had 16 RBI and scored 21 runs for the Bobcats.

Kamrada, an Exercise Physiology major, appears on the list for the second time in his career after becoming Academic All-MAC in 2017. Kamrada appeared in 24 games for Ohio, tossing 23.2 innings. Kamrada struck out 13 batters.

Levy, a Finance major, made the list for the first time in his career while starting 46 games and appearing in 51 for Ohio. Levy had a .216 batting average and 29 RBI, second-best on the team. Levy had six home runs, seven doubles and two triples for a .368 slugging percentage.

Liberatore, who is undecided on a major, earned the Academic All-MAC accolade for the first time in his career. He started 14 games on the mound and appeared in 15 contests. Liberatore went 8-5 while tossing 77.1 innings. Liberatore had a 3.61 ERA, second-best on the team and the best among starting pitchers.

Lukkes, a Journalism News and Information major, appeared in 51 games and started 45 while earning Academic All-MAC for the first time in his career. Lukkes hit .239 and racked up 58 total bases after going deep twice and hitting six doubles. Lukkes scored 24 runs and swiped four bases.

Rott, a Sport Management major, is Academic All-MAC for the third-straight season. Rott adds this accolade to an already impressive list of awards this season. Rott was a third-team All-American according to Collegiate Baseball and the Amateur Baseball Coaches Association. Earlier this year, Rott won MAC Player of the Year, becoming the first back-to-back and two-time winner of the award in the league's history. Rott was also named First Team All-MAC. During the MAC Tournament, Rott became Ohio's all-time hits leader and finished his career with 293 hits and ended his with a career .339 batting average. In the MLB First-Year Player Draft, Rott was selected with the 270th pick in the ninth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rott was the 70th Bobcat to be selected in the MLB draft since its inception in 1965 and the fourth under head coach Rob Smith.

Rott led the Bobcats in batting average (.382), hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (47), slugging percentage (.618) and on-base percentage (.464). His .382 batting average was No. 28 in the nation and second in the MAC. Rott was second in the league in slugging percentage and tied for third in home runs.

The Bobcats finished the season 20-34 and 12-14 in the league and earned the No. 6 seed in the MAC Tournament. Ohio won two games in the MAC Tournament, including a 17-inning elimination game over Miami, 6-5. The game was the longest in MAC Tournament history.