Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – As the postseason awards continue to roll in, Northern Kentucky University’s Evan McDole achieved a plateau a generation in the making, earning a spot on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team.
McDole, a second-team honoree, is the first NKU baseball player named to the team since Russ Kerdolff, who was named Academic All-American in 1978 and 1979.
A junior first baseman from Cold Spring, Ky., McDole excelled in all aspects of the game during the 2009 season. McDole led the Norse in home runs (15), slugging (.670), on-base percentage (.490) and walks (45). He was also second on the team in batting (.355), RBIs (55), doubles (17) and total bases (136).
McDole was also named the Great Lakes Valley Conference and Midwest Region Player of the Year for his efforts this year.
The award also honors performance in the classroom, where McDole maintains a 3.86 grade point average as an accounting major.
GOLD GLOVES: McDole joined Jack Ambrose as an American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove recipient for the Midwest Region.
Defensively, McDole committed just five errors in 522 defensive chances for a .990 fielding percentage, tops among NKU infielders.
Ambrose, a senior from Lexington, Ky., did not commit an error in 85 chances in right field. Ambrose displayed outstanding range all season as well as a strong arm, picking up a pair of outfield assists in 2009.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Kevin Dusold and Jason Cisper each earned spots on the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.
Dusold, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, led the team with a .545 batting average over the three games, going 6-for-11 with two doubles, a home run and 5 RBIs to close out a stellar season in which he set a new NKU single-season record for total bases (138) and came dangerously close to breaking the RBI mark after driving 71 runs home.
Cisper, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, hit .417 (5-12) with a pair of doubles and three runs scored in the event.