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Six named All-NCAC; Deegan voted COTY

Ryan Mulligan and Connor Murphy both earned first-team All-NCAC honors.
Ryan Mulligan and Connor Murphy both earned first-team All-NCAC honors.

The Denison baseball team landed six players on the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference squad. Additionally, Big Red Head Coach Mike Deegan was named NCAC Coach of the Year.

Senior pitcher Connor Murphy and junior shortstop Ryan Mulligan both earned first-team honors after solid 2014 seasons. An honorable mention selection last season, Murphy elevated to the first team after leading the conference in starts with 14 and finishing second with seven victories. The NCAC All-Tournament team honoree was also fourth in earned run average (3.03) and innings pitched (71.1), and seventh in opponent batting average (.259) and strikeouts (48). In his 14 starts, Murphy tossed three complete games, including two shutouts. He also fanned a season-high eight batters in DU's 5-3 NCAC Tournament win over Allegheny.

Mulligan also received first-team recognition this year after earning second-team laurels in 2013. The junior shortstop finished the year with a .318 batting average, 32 RBIs, 25 runs and five stolen bases. He also had a .422 slugging percentage and a .396 on-base percentage. Mulligan led the NCAC with 133 assists. He was also fifth in the conference in triples (3) and plate appearances (185), while his 10 times being struck by a pitch were also the fifth-most in the league. As a pitcher, the junior collected four saves in 11 trips to the hill. Mulligan's save total was tied for third in the NCAC.

Senior Andrew Touhy and junior Georgie Montes both earned second-team honors in their debuts on the All-NCAC team.  Touhy led the Big Red and finished 11th in the conference with a .366 batting average. He also posted a .465 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage in 167 plate appearances this season. Touhy also drove in 26 runs and scored 29 more. The senior designated hitter was tied for fourth in the league in sacrifice bunts (8) and seventh in on-base percentage.

In his first year as a starter, Montes compiled a .351 batting average with nine doubles, four triples and three home runs. He also led the team with 52 hits and 14 stolen bases to go along with 21 RBIs and a team-high tying 36 runs. The junior centerfielder finished the year tied for second in the NCAC in triples, tied for fifth in stolen bases, tied for eighth in total bases (78) and tied for ninth in hits (52).  Montes also had the 13th-best slugging and on-base percentages in the league.

Juniors Charlie Apfelbach and Kyle Colgain rounded out the all-conference accolades with honorable mention recognition.  Apfelbcach, a second-team All-NCAC pick last year, led Denison with a .470 on-base percentage, four home runs and 36 runs scored. The NCAC All-Tournament team selection finished second on the team in batting average (.358), slugging percentage (.515), total bases (69) and stolen bases (6), and third in hits (48) and doubles (7). Apfelbach was third in the conference in walks drawn (25), sixth in on-base percentage and tied for sixth in home runs.

A second-team All-NCAC selection last season, Colgain finished the year with a 4-4 record and a 5.46 ERA in 12 appearances. The junior finished led the team in strikeouts with 51, and finished second in wins, innings pitched (61) and saves (2). Colgain ended the season ranked tied for fourth in the league in strikeouts looking (15), sixth in strikeouts, eighth in innings pitched and 11th in opponent batting average (.271).

In just his second year at the helm of the Big Red, Deegan was voted by his colleagues as the NCAC Coach of the Year after guiding Denison to a 12-4 record against divisional foes. Deegan guided DU to its second-straight NCAC West Division title, and second-consecutive berth in the NCAC Tournament. In two seasons as head coach, Deegan owns a 46-37 overall record and a 22-10 record in NCAC West play.