Illinois State sophomore Owen Miller was a second-team pick, while freshman John Rave received honorable mention and made the All-Defensive Team as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its postseason baseball honors Tuesday.
Miller, a shortstop, had the second-most hits (75) in the league and the fourth-most doubles (19). He also had the sixth-best batting average (.332). Miller led ISU in all three categories, as well as games played and started (51), at-bats (226), runs (32), home runs (6), RBIs (47), total bases (18), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.879).
Rave, a Central Catholic High School graduate, became ISU’s starting center fielder early in the year. His four triples rank second-most in the Valley, while his 12 stolen bases are sixth-best. Rave is second among Redbird players in hits (54), runs (30) and walks (27), and third in batting average (.276).
Rave has a .984 fielding percentage with 118 putouts, two outfield assists and only two errors. ISU plays Missouri State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Tournament at Springfield, Mo.
Matt Rave nets award: Carthage College senior Matt Rave, a Central Catholic product, was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III Central All-Region Third Team.
Rave and Kevin Tibor represented Carthage on the third team. Rave led the Red Men and was third in the CCIW with a .403 batting average. He had 14 multi-hit games, including five four-hit games.