Parish, Stevenson headline MSSU All-MIAA honorees

Zach Parish is the MIAA Pitcher of the Year for the 2nd straight season.
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Zach Parish is the MIAA Pitcher of the Year.

Again.

Parish earned the honor for the second straight season on Wednesday. Parish became the NCAA Division II all-time strikeout leader this season – with 479 career strikeouts.

His catcher, Tommy Stevenson, has been named the MIAA Freshman of the Year. Stevenson led the MIAA in doubles this season, and is 4th nationally in the category. He his .329 this year with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 49 RBI.

Ten total MSSU players earned All-MIAA honors, including Troy Gagan – who joins Parish on the All-MIAA 1st team.

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

Missouri Southern senior lefty Zach Parish has been named the MIAA Pitcher of the Year, while catcher Tommy Stevenson was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year as the league announced its postseason honors today.

Parish and Stevenson were part of ten Lions to earn MIAA honors this season. Parish was joined on the All-MIAA first-team by Troy Gagan, while Stevenson and Jordan Fitzpatrick were second-team selections. Will BausingerJoe Kinder and Henry Kusiak were named third-team picks, while Dexter Swims and Scott Duensing were honorable mention picks.

In addition to the All-MIAA teams, Parish and first-basemen Matt Miller earned Gold Glove honors as the top defensive players at their positions.

Parish earns the top pitching honor in the league for the second season in a row (there were no post season honors in 2020). Parish became the NCAA Division II all-time leader in strikeouts this past week as he struck out eight in a win against Rogers State. In his career, Parish now has 479 strikeouts.

This season, Parish leads the MIAA and ranks third nationally in strikeouts. He is second in the MIAA and third nationally in wins, while ranking first in the MIAA and sixth nationally in WHIP. He ranks first in the MIAA and eighth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings, while ranking first in the MIAA and fourth nationally in ERA and first in the MIAA and third nationally in starts. Currently Parish is the active career leader in all of college baseball (d1, d2, d3) in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts.

Stevenson leads the MIAA and ranks fourth nationally in doubles this season. He is second nationally among freshmen in that category. Stevenson also ranks fourth in the MIAA in home runs, second in RBIs and fifth in total bases. This year, Stevenson is hitting .329 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. The 49 RBIs are third-most in Division II amongst freshmen.

Gagan ranks third in the MIAA and 7th nationally in doubles, while leading the MIAA in hits and ranking seventh in on-base percentage. Gagan ranks sixth in the MIAA in runs and fourth in both slugging and total bases. This year, he leads the Lions with a .394 batting average and has 18 doubles, nine home runs and 35 RBIs.

Fitzpatrick has been a sparkplug for the Lions at the top of the order. This year, Fitzpatrick leads the MIAA and is fourth nationally in doubles, while leading the MIAA and ranking 13th nationally in hits. He is fourth in the league in home runs with four of his 12 this year coming to lead off the game. He is third in the MIAA in RBIs, while ranking second in slugging and total bases. Fitzpatrick is hitting .376 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 46 RBIs this year.

Kinder leads the team and ranks third in the MIAA in home runs with 13 this year, while ranking seventh in slugging and ninth in total bases. He is hitting .324 with 35 runs and 32 RBIs. Kusiak ranks fifth in the MIAA in hits, while ranking eighth in home runs and RBIs. He is hitting .343 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs. Bausinger is 6-2 this year with 80 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched. He has one complete-game shutout and opponents are hitting just .253 against the righty.

Duensing leads the MIAA and ranks third nationally in appearances with 21 on the season. He has been the Lions’ workhorse out of the bullpen, finishing the regular season with a 3-3 record and 26 strikeouts. Swims has come on as of late for the Lions. The 2019 MIAA Freshman of the Year, Swims is hitting .298 this season with 14 doubles and 29 RBIs. In his last ten games, Swims is hitting .438 with six doubles and a .537 on-base percentage.

Miller has proved to be one of the best defensive first basemen in the league. The sophomore had a .992 fielding percentage this year with just two errors in 251 chances.

The Lions will open up the 2021 MIAA Baseball Championships this weekend when Southern plays host to Central Oklahoma in a best-of-three series at Warren Turner Field starting on Friday.

The complete All-MIAA list is below.

2021 MIAA Baseball Awards
Player of the Year – Dusty Stroup, Third Base – Central Missouri
Pitcher of the Year – Zach Parish – Missouri Southern
Freshman of the Year – Tommy Stevenson, Catcher – Missouri Southern

Coach of the Year – Jake Hendrick – Northeastern State

2021 All-MIAA Baseball Teams
First-Team
Starting Pitcher – Mason Green – Central Missouri
Starting Pitcher – Zach Parish – Missouri Southern
Starting Pitcher – Nic Swanson – Northeastern State
Relief Pitcher – Evan Rathburn – Central Missouri
Catcher – Cooper Minnick – Emporia State
First Base – Cole Taylor – Central Missouri
Second Base – Blaze Brothers – Northeastern State
Shortstop – Alex Madera – Central Missouri
Third Base – Dusty Stroup – Central Missouri
Outfield – Troy Gagan – Missouri Southern
Outfield – Josh Schumacher – Central Missouri
Outfield – Erik Webb – Central Missouri
Designated Hitter – Brady Michel – Emporia State
Utility – Dawson Pomeroy – Pittsburg State

Second-Team
Starting Pitcher – Luke Anderson – Central Oklahoma
Starting Pitcher – Brock Gilliam – Washburn
Starting Pitcher – David Henderson – Pittsburg State
Relief Pitcher – Chase Plymell – Central Missouri
Catcher – Tommy Stevenson – Missouri Southern
First Base – CD White – Northeastern State
Second Base – Peter Carlson – Northwest Missouri
Shortstop – Kyle Crowl – Central Oklahoma
Third Base – Alex Crouch – Missouri Western
Outfield – Micah Evans – Central Missouri
Outfield – Jordan Fitzpatrick – Missouri Southern
Outfield – Ryan Koval – Pittsburg State
Designated Hitter – Brett Ingram – Washburn
Utility – Devin Beard – Newman

Third-Team
Starting Pitcher – Jake Barton – Emporia State
Starting Pitcher – Will Bausinger – Missouri Southern
Starting Pitcher – Collin Jones – Central Missouri
Relief Pitcher – Dakodah Jones – Northeastern State
Catcher – Garrett Takamatsu – Central Oklahoma
First Base – Connor Quick – Northwest Missouri
Second Base – Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli – Washburn
Second Base – Mason Hartman – Pittsburg State
Shortstop – Joe Kinder – Missouri Southern
Third Base – Henry Kusiak – Missouri Southern

Outfield – Brandon Bradshaw – Rogers State
Outfield – Parker Dunn – Washburn
Outfield – Aaron Gerdes – Pittsburg State
Utility – Blake Carroll – Emporia State
Includes tie in voting

Gold Glove Team
Pitcher – Zach Parish – Missouri Southern
Catcher – Cooper Minnick – Emporia State
First Base – Eric Hinostroza – Washburn
First Base – Matt Miller – Missouri Southern
Second Base – Blaze Brothers – Northeastern State
Shortstop – Alex Madera – Central Missouri
Third Base – Dusty Stroup – Central Missouri
Outfield – Brandon Bradshaw – Rogers State
Outfield – Micah Evans – Central Missouri
Outfield – Aaron Gerdes – Pittsburg State
Outfield – Erik Webb – Central Missouri
Includes ties in voting

Honorable Mentions
Central Missouri: Scott Wolverton – Catcher

Central Oklahoma: Brayden Nelson – Starting Pitcher, Beaux Bonvillain – Relief Pitcher, Phillip Scott – Third Base

Fort Hays State: Jacob Ensz – Relief Pitcher, Grant Schmidt – Outfield, Drake Angeron – Outfield, Jacob Bouzide – Utility

Missouri Southern: Scott Duensing – Relief Pitcher, Dexter Swims – Second Base

Newman: Tyler Push – Outfield, Hayden VanDePol – Outfield

Northeastern State: Seth Key – Starting Pitcher, John Rains – Relief Pitcher, Brayden Rodden – Catcher, Collin Klingensmith – Shortstop, Jaxon Phipps – Third Base, Blake Freeman – Outfield, Reid Fehr – Outfield

Northwest Missouri: Spencer Hanson – Starting Pitcher, Alex Slocum – Relief Pitcher, Ryan Koski – Outfield

Pittsburg State: Peyton Ingalls – Starting Pitcher, Justin Root – Relief Pitcher, Garrett McGowan – First Base, Cruz Aranda – Shortstop

Rogers State: Brett Karalius – Starting Pitcher, Jonathan Soto – Catcher, Prescott Horn – Outfield

Washburn: Zach Philbin – Relief Pitcher, Kros Bay – Catcher, Xavier DeLeon – Shortstop, Zion Bowlin – Third Base, Eric Hinostroza – Utility