May 9, 2002
ASALON EARNS GLVC HONOR
Norse mentor named GLVC Coach of the Year
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky Universitys Todd Asalon has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year in baseball.
Asalon led NKU to its first GLVC regular-season championship since 1989 this year, and the Norse are the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Tournament. NKU is 31-22 going into the GLVC Tournament, and the Norse have won 13 of their last 16 games.
NKU is also ranked No. 25 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
NKU senior Lenny Bays was named GLVC Pitcher of the Year by the league coaches. Bays, a graduate of Bellevue High School, is 8-2 overall with a 2.18 earned run average. He is also unbeaten (8-0) against GLVC opponents this season.
Four other NKU players - pitcher Josh Whaley, first baseman Steve Walton, catcher Jason Martin and outfielder Justin Rahschulte - were named first team All-GLVC. Third baseman Pat Eschan was tabbed second team All-GLVC.
Whaley, a senior from Kokomo, Ind., is 7-5 with a 4.80 ERA. Walton, from Rising Sun, Ind., is batting .349 with eight home runs and 63 runs batted in.
Martin, a graduate of Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, is batting .339 with seven home runs and 43 RBI. Rahschulte, a graduate of Boone County High School, leads NKU in hitting with a .366 batting average. He also has 15 doubles, seven triples and seven home runs this season.
Eschan, a graduate of Conner High School, is batting .358 with a team-leading 10 home runs. He also has tied an NKU single-season record with 20 doubles this year.
2002 ALL-GREAT LAKES VALLEY CONFERENCE
Steve Walton- Northern Kentucky- 1st Team
Rhett Dwyer- Lewis University- 2nd Team
Chris Maynard- Lewis University- 1st Team
Steve Polio- Bellarmine- 2nd Team
Brian Fritzler- Lewis University- 1st Team
Pat Eschan- Northern Kentucky- 2nd Team
Chad Opel- SIU-Edwardsville- 1st Team
Jeremy O'Neill- Indianapolis- 2nd Team
Scott Mertes- St. Joseph's College- 1st Team
Wes Pickering- SIU-Edwardsville- 2nd Team
Tarron Acuff- Indianapolis- 1st Team
Garet Dinges- Quincy University- 1st Team
Matt Guarnieri- Indianapolis- 1st Team
Justin Rahschulte- Northern Kentucky- 1st Team
Mike Eagen- St. Joseph's College- 2nd Team
Mike Godfrey- Lewis University- 2nd Team
Steve Owen- Southern Indiana- 2nd Team
Jim Reiter- Missouri-St. Louis- 2nd Team
Scott Schweitzer- Kentucky Wesleyan- 1st Team
Brandon Hardy- St. Joseph's College- 2nd Team
Jason Martin- Northern Kentucky- 1st Team
Kyle Scott- Bellarmine- 2nd Team
Lenny Bays- Northern Kentucky- 1st Team
Rick Hummel- Indianapolis- 1st Team
Josh Whaley- Northern Kentucky- 1st Team
Blake Wyatt- Indianapolis- 1st Team
Steve Arnold- Southern Indiana- 2nd Team
Andy Augsburger- St. Joseph's College- 2nd Team
Adam Gautreau- Kentucky Wesleyan- 2nd Team
Keith Nawrocki- St. Joseph's College- 2nd Team
Scott Schweitzer- Kentucky Wesleyan- 2nd Team
Keith Wallace- Missouri-St. Louis- 1st Team
Tim Breuning- Quincy University- 2nd Team
Eric Meyer- SIU-Edwardsville- 2nd Team
Player of the Year
Chad Opel- SIU-Edwardsville
Pitcher of the Year
Lenny Bays- Northern Kentucky
Freshmen of the Year
Steve Polio- Bellarmine
Jerad Rettberg- SIU-Edwardsville
Coach of the Year
Todd Asalon- Northern Kentucky