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Baseball - Sat, May 6, 2017

CHICAGO, Ill. --- Indiana University South Bend's Chris Mangus (Niles, Mich.) and Judson University's Ty Parquette (Crystal Lake, Ill.) served as the headliners when the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its baseball honor roll late Saturday afternoon.  Mangus landed CCAC Player of the Year honors, while Parquette was recognized as the league's Pitcher of the Year.

A total of 39 players and one coach earned plaudits on the day as the conference also announced its all-conference first and second teams, and Gold Glove team.  Seventeen players were named to each of the all-conference squads with nine players selected as gold glove winners.

Mangus, a senior first baseman, led or tied for the league lead in no fewer than five categories and ranked in the top ten in nine of 11 offensive areas.  His 19 home runs, 138 total bases, .873 slugging percentage and .515 on base average all topped the charts, while he shared RBI honors (66) with Trinity Christian College's Stefano Belmonte (Schererville, Ind.).  He also ranked third in batting average (.411) and runs scored (50), fifth in walks (31) and eighth in hits (65).

Mangus was one of three players to repeat on the all-conference first team, being joined by Olivet Nazarene University's Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Trinity Christian College's Zack Jones (Norridge, Ill.), who was actually a three-peat selection.  Jones was also the only repeat choice on the Gold Glove team.

Parquette's name could be found no less than six times on the leader board topped by his league-high ten wins without a loss.  He was also second in strikeouts (80), third in innings pitched (78), fifth in opponents' batting average (.242), tied for eighth in saves (three) and ninth in earned run average (3.58).

Saint Xavier University first baseman Matt Monahan (New Lenox, Ill.) was also recognized for his impressive first season in the 12-member league.  He was named the CCAC Freshman of the Year after ranking among the top performers in eight statistical categories.  His top mark was his 21 doubles, which ranked second in the league.  He was also third in hits (69) and tied for third in both total bases (109) and triples (five), sixth in both batting average (.381) and runs scored (47), eighth in slugging percentage (.602) and ninth in runs batted in (38).   

Judson University's Chad Gassman picked up his first CCAC Coach of the Year award after leading the Eagles to the conference regular-season title and a 37-16 regular season mark.

The final honor went to Olivet Nazarene University, which picked up its second straight Champions of Character Team Award.

A total of 11 teams were represented on the postseason honor roll topped by CCAC South Division co-champion Olivet Nazarene with eight individual player award winners (four first team/two second team/two gold glove) and overall champion Judson with seven (two/two/three).  Olivet Nazarene also boasted the most first-team selections with the four picks, while the Eagles topped the gold glove chart with their three recipients.

Trinity Christian was next in line with three first-team picks and one second-team choice with Jones earning the dual honors of all-conference and gold glove.  Robert Morris University Illinois and University of St. Francis also had four honorees followed by Indiana South Bend, Roosevelt University and Saint Xavier with three each.  The latter split its two all-conference selections between the two teams and had one gold glove nod. 

CCAC South Division co-champion Purdue Northwest gained a pair of first-team all-conference picks with St. Ambrose University splitting its two all-league choices.  Trinity International University also had one player make the first team.     

For a complete list of award winners, go to Awards.