OWU’s Vitense named Newcomer of Year


Ohio Wesleyan University freshman Zane Vitense received a special award as part of the All-North Coast Athletic Conference baseball teams, it was announced by the NCAC.

Vitense was named Newcomer of the Year and was a second-team All-NCAC choice as a designated hitter. Vitense is the seventh Ohio Wesleyan player to receive NCAC Newcomer of the Year recognition.

Sophomore outfielder Sammy Stoner also was a second-team All-NCAC selection. Senior shortstop D.J. Neff was a third-team all-league choice.

Vitense ranks third in the conference in batting with a .418 average. He hit one home run and drove in 28 runs and led the Bishops with a .465 on-base percentage.

Stoner ranks 13th in the NCAC in batting with a .372 average and is sixth in the conference with 15 stolen bases. He drove in 16 runs and set a school season record for putouts by an outfielder with 128.

Neff is tied for 10th in the league with 5 home runs. He batted .348 and drove in 26 runs.

Ohio Wesleyan finished with a 18-21 overall record. The Battling Bishops finished in sixth place in the NCAC standings with a 5-11 mark.


Ohio Wesleyan University senior Sarah Hanley was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s All-Great Lakes Region team, it was announced by the IWLCA.

Hanley, a defender, was a first-team all-region selection, becoming the first Ohio Wesleyan player to be named first-team all-region since 2011.

Hanley led an Ohio Wesleyan defense that ranks second in the NCAC with a goals-against average of 9.25. Hanley ranks eighth in the league ground balls per game (2.47) and ninth in caused turnovers per game (1.29). Hanley was named NCAC Defensive Player of the Year this season.

Ohio Wesleyan finished with an 11-6 overall mark. The Battling Bishops finished in third place in the NCAC standings with a 4-2 record, their highest conference finish since 2009, and made their first NCAC tournament appearance since the 2010 season.

OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.

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