Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Rd
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Four Cougars Named Honorable
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Four members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene
University baseball team were recently named National Christian
College Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-Americans when
the honors were announced at the NCCAA National Tournament.
Nick Schwartz, a senior right-handed pitcher from Sunbury,
Ohio, highlighted the list after being selected as the NCCAA
East Region Pitcher of the Year. The former Big Walnut High
School star posted a 6-4 record on the mound with a 3.29 ERA.
Schwartz led the team in innings pitched (79 1/3), strikeouts
(75), starts (12), complete games (seven), and shutouts (2).
Joining Schwartz on the NCCAA Honorable Mention All-American
Team was junior outfielder Eddie Smith, a native of Johnstown,
Ohio. The former Northridge High School standout started in all
49 games and batted .351 with team-highs of 50 RBI and seven
stolen bases. Smith also compiled 10 doubles, one triple, seven
home runs, and 38 runs scored.
Richey Burgos, a sophomore third baseman from Ponce, Puerto
Rico, was also named to the NCCAA Honorable Mention All-American
Team. The former Puerto Rico Academy product led the Cougars
with a .398 batting average. Burgos also registered 11 doubles,
seven home runs, 35 runs scored, and 46 RBI as he started in all
Kyle Peters, a senior shortstop/pitcher from Mason, Ohio,
rounded out the Cougars on the NCCAA Honorable Mention
All-American Team. The former Mason High School star batted .339
with 12 doubles, one home run, 25 RBI, and a team-high 42 runs
scored as he started in all 49 games. On the mound, Peters also
posted a 6-3 record with a team-best 3.19 ERA. In 73 1/3
innings, he struck out 46 batters.
The Cougars finished the season with a 27-22 overall record.
MVNU finished fourth in the AMC South Division with a 13-11
conference mark. Then, the Cougars advanced all the way to the
NAIA Region IX Tournament championship game for the seventh