Taylor and Gilles take all-region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association
MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan – Central Michigan Andrew Taylor was named to the first team and Zach Gilles earned a spot on the second team as the American Baseball Coaches Association today announced its Midwestern All-Region team.
Taylor, a first-year right-hander from Alto, led the Chippewas with an 11-4 record and a 1.81 earned-run average. He’s tied for fifth in the country with five full games, tied for sixth in wins, eighth in ERA and tied for 15e in strikeouts. His 11 wins rank third in a single season by a Chippewa pitcher.
In 94 1/3 innings, Taylor posted a program record of 125 strikeouts while allowing 64 hits and walking 24. He allowed just 19 earned runs and recorded five full games. Taylor is one of four starting pitchers and the only first-team freshman from all regions.
Gilles, a senior from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, led the CMU with a .359 batting average, 70 hits, 23 steals and 11 sacrificial dropouts. He placed second on the team with 47 walks and 0.484 based percentage, and third with 42 RBIs.
Gilles, a first-team All-MAC and MAC All-Defensive Team, has appeared in a program record of 243 career games and ranks in the top 10 in WCU history in five other career statistical categories: strokes sure (248), triples (15), goals. (148), batting (804) and points (175).
Taylor was named first-year pitcher of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Wednesday. He was also named to the organization’s Freshman All-America team and was honored as District 5 Player of the Year.
Last week, he was named the Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s co-national freshman of the year and was also named to the publication’s Freshman All-America team. On June 3, Taylor was named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-America Second Team.
Taylor was also named First Team All-MAC, MAC Pitcher of the Year and MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year.