Ryan named ACCAC Division II Baseball Player of the Week
Freshman shortstop bats over .500 for week as Bears open conference play
Phoenix, Arizona – February 19, 2014 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that PC Baseball player Nick Ryan has been named the ACCAC DII Player of the Week for the week ending February 15th. It’s the first regional honor that Ryan has had in his young Bears’ career, and Ryan becomes the first Bear to win the ACCAC POW Award since David Walker earned the accolade in early April of last year.
Like many of Bears’ Head Baseball Coach Kevin Kimball’s charges, Ryan has very quietly gone about his business of getting the team ready to clinch their second straight Region I Playoff berth this April, but came to the Bears with a pretty loud pedigree. Ryan first came to the attention of national scouts as a sophomore for Naperville Central High School in his native Naperville, Illinois, after ESPN Chicago named him their Prep Athlete of the Week while Ryan and NCHS were in the midst of a run to the state title-mainly due to his electrifying defense. That stellar defense has already been witnessed several times by the Bears’ fan faithful in PC’s first 13 games of the season, and Ryan has mixed that with a hot bat. Last week, it was Ryan’s bat that paced the Bears as they split their four games over a five-day stretch. Ryan began the week by reaching base in each of his first 3 plate appearances against Colorado Northwestern, going 1-for-3 with a single and scoring one of the Bears’ runs in the decisive four-run 3rd inning that led PC to a 9-3 win. One night later, Ryan peppered the Arizona State University Club Team in a decisive 11-1 Bears’ victory with a double, two singles, a stolen base, a run scored, and four runs batted in.
Friday night, the Bears opened up conference play in marathon fashion, falling behind Mesa, 4-0, before Ryan jump-started the Bears’ offense by knocking in PC’s first run of the game in the 7th with an RBI single. The Bears would eventually tie the score and send it into extra innings before the T-Birds pushed the winning runs across in the 13th inning for a 6-4 win. The next day, the two teams completed the two-game set at Mesa, and Thunderbirds’ pitchers had absolutely no answer for Ryan, since the shortstop went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring twice in the Bears’ 11-8 loss. For the week, Ryan finished with 9 hits in 17 at-bats (a blistering .529 average), with four runs scored and five runs batted in. On the season, Ryan is now 2nd on the team in runs scored (7) and runs batted in (7), and 3rdon the team in both hitting (a .364 batting average) and hits (7). He also leads the team with 3 doubles.
Bears’ fans’ next chance to see Ryan and Company happens later tonight as the Bears turn up the lights at Marich Field on the PC campus (1202 West Thomas Road in Phoenix) to complete their current two-game set against Paradise Valley Community College. First pitch between the Bears and Pumas is scheduled for 6PM, and admission prices are as follows: $5 for adults; $3 for students with a valid ID; and kids 12 and under get in FREE.