BRIDGEPORT -- The Mountain East Conference today announced its top individual award winners for the 2016 season with Shepherd's Tre Porter taking Player of the Year honors, and teammate Sam Crater earning Pitcher of the Year accolades. Concord's Trevor Wiersma was tabbed as the MEC Freshman of the Year, while West Virginia State's Sean Loyd was selected as the league's Coach of the Year.
Porter, a senior from Stephens City, Va., led the MEC in eight offensive categories this past season: slugging (.790), on-base percentage (.492), runs scored (58), RBI (58), triples (5), total bases (124), walks (34) and home runs (16). He hit .374 for the Rams and had a .944 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Crater, a senior from Dillsburg, Pa., was selected as the league's Pitcher of the Year for the second-consecutive season. He went a perfect 8-0 on the season and posted a 2.72 ERA. He tossed three complete games and struck out 34 in 43 innings pitched.
Wiersma, a freshman from Vancouver, British Columbia, hit .361 in his rookie campaign for the Mountain Lions. He belted 18 doubles on the year (second in the MEC), hit four home runs and drove in 47. Wiersma was also a first team All-MEC selection at first base.
Loyd is the MEC Coach of the Year after directing the Yellow Jackets to the MEC South Division title. WVSU went 29-13 on the year and 24-8 in conference play. Loyd coached eight players who earned All-MEC honors this year, including a league-best five first team selections.
West Virginia Wesleyan landed two players on the All-MEC Team.
Wesleyan ended the year with a 25-22 record.
The All-MEC teams and awards are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.
|All-MEC First Team|
|C||Julio Rosales||Notre Dame||Jr.||Barquisimeto, Venezuela|
|1B||Trevor Wiersma||Concord||Fr.||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|2B||Trayvis Patterson||W.Va. State||So.||Saginaw, Mich.|
|SS||Tre Porter||Shepherd||Sr.||Stephens City, Va.|
|3B||Josh Kiser||W.Va. State||Sr.||St. Albans, W.Va.|
|Utility||Ty Lighton||UVa-Wise||Sr.||Ashburn, Va.|
|DH||Brad Sullivan||Concord||Sr.||Mechanicsville, Md.|
|OF||Austin Norman||Fairmont State||So.||Fairmont, W.Va.|
|OF||Trent Porter||W.Va. State||Sr.||Ona, W.Va.|
|OF||J.J. Sarty||Shepherd||So.||Purcellville, Va.|
|OF||Andrew Seigel||Concord||Sr.||Ashburn, Va.|
|SP||Sam Crater||Shepherd||Sr.||Dillsburg, Pa.|
|SP||Logan Johnson||Fairmont State||Sr.||Charles Town, W.Va.|
|SP||Dustin Kincaid||W.Va. State||Sr.||Scott Depot, W.Va.|
|SP||Greg Stagani||West Liberty||Jr.||Richmond, Ohio|
|RP||Curtis Johnson||W.Va. State||Sr.||Sudbury, Ontario|
|All-MEC Second Team|
|C||Christian Hamel||Shepherd||Fr.||Pasadena, Md.|
|1B||Michael Logsdon||W.Va. Wesleyan||Sr.||Bridgeport, W.Va.|
|2B||Austin Barnhart||Notre Dame||So.||Berea, Ohio|
|2B||Damario Brown||Urbana||Jr.||Laurel, Miss.|
|SS||DJ Busby||West Liberty||Sr.||St. Clairsville, Ohio|
|3B||Nick Ely||Notre Dame||Fr.||Aurora, Ohio|
|Utility||Michael Brown||Shepherd||Jr.||Brandywine, Md.|
|Utility||Brent West||Urbana||Jr.||Mechanicsville, Va.|
|DH||Daniel Heleine||Shepherd||So.||Hedgesville, W.Va.|
|OF||Ross Barker||Notre Dame||Sr.||Windsor, Ontario|
|OF||Danny Beaver||Notre Dame||Jr.||Oakville, Ontario|
|OF||Jamison Jones||W.Va. State||Sr.||Keyser, W.Va.|
|OF||Andy Szamski||Concord||So.||Glen Arm, Md.|
|SP||Josh Falbo||W.Va. State||Sr.||Hurricane, W.Va.|
|SP||Tyler Hall||W.Va. State||Jr.||Charleston, W.Va.|
|SP||Mark Smyth||West Liberty||Sr.||Bloomingdale, Ohio|
|SP||Wes Stauffer||Glenville State||So.||Orrville, Ohio|
|SP||Jake Welch||Notre Dame||Sr.||Spencerport, N.Y.|
|RP||Hank Beasore||Notre Dame||Sr.||Dayton, Ohio|
|RP||Chris Metrick||W.Va. Wesleyan||So.||Beckley, W.Va.|
|All-MEC Honorable Mention|
|C||Paul Williams||Concord||So.||Vinton, Va.|
|1B||Kiefer Quick||Notre Dame||Sr.||Leamington, Ontario|
|2B||Justin Lewis||Glenville State||Sr.||Boonsboro, Md.|
|SS||Chad Frazier||Concord||So.||Roanoke, Va.|
|3B||Mickey Barea||Urbana||So.||Battle Creek, Mich.|
|Utility||Tristan Fields||Charleston||So.||Charleston, W.Va.|
|DH/SP||Steven Klaiber||UVa-Wise||Sr.||Roanoke, Va.|
|OF||Jacob Carney||Shepherd||Jr.||Stephens City, Va.|
|OF||Rob Farley||Shepherd||Jr.||Cockeysville, Md.|
|OF||Jordan Meyer||West Liberty||Sr.||Toronto, Ohio|
|OF/SP||Dillon Sunnafrank||Wheeling Jesuit||Jr.||Cambridge, Ohio|
|SP||Josh Armbruster||Notre Dame||So.||Broadview Heights, Ohio|
|SP||John Bentley||Shepherd||Jr.||Stephens City, Va.|
|SP||Chris Kelly||Concord||Sr.||Grundy, Va.|
|RP||Cody Hudson||Wheeling Jesuit||Jr.||Shadyside, Ohio|