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Mullet and Blackburn named ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-Midwest Region

Chase Blackburn, left, and Eric Mullet earn NAIA Second-Team All-Midwest region nods

Malone University pitchers Roscoe Blackburn and Eric Mullet were both honored as Second Team All-Midwest Region selections by the American Baseball Coaches Association when the organization announced its 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-Region Teams.

Blackburn, a senior lefthander from Worthington, Ohio, went 9-2 with a 2.77 ERA, led the Midwest Region with 91.0 innings pitched, and tied for the lead with three shutouts. He struck out a team-high 74 batters and limited opposing hitters to a .224 batting average.

The two-time G-MAC Pitcher of the Year finished tied for third in the region in complete games (4), tied for fourth in wins, and was fifth in WHIP (1.07). He allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his 12 starts and recorded at least seven strikeouts seven different times. Blackburn struck out a career-high 15 in a one-hit, complete game shutout over Notre Dame (OH) in March.

A consensus First Team All-Midwest Region selection in 2017, Blackburn was already named First Team All-Midwest by the NCBWA, voted on baseball writers, and Second Team All-Midwest by the D2CCA, voted on by sports information directors, earlier this postseason.

Sophomore right-hander Eric Mullet, who was named First Team All-Midwest Region by the D2CCA, adds ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-Midwest Region to his growing list of postseason honors. The Berlin, Ohio native went a perfect 9-0 and led the Midwest with a 2.14 ERA. He was the only pitcher in the region with at least eight starts to go unbeaten on the mound.

Mullet totaled 68 strikeouts in 71.1 innings and held opponents to a .219 batting average. He pitched three complete games and earned his first collegiate save on day two of the G-MAC Tournament. In addition to leading the region in earned run average, he was tied for fourth in wins, sixth in fewest allowed per nine innings (7.19) and eighth in WHIP (1.16). He held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts and tallied at least six strikeouts seven times. Mullet gave up just nine extra-base hits all season, the fewest of any player in the region with at least 55 innings pitched.

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