Cougars Land Six Players on NCCAA
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Six members of the
Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball
team were recently honored when the National
Christian College Athletic Association
All-American Team was announced.
The Cougars, who earned a share of the
American Mideast Conference South Division
title with a 19-5 conference mark and
advanced to the NAIA Region IX Tournament
championship game for the eighth straight
year and finished 38-16 overall, landed the
most players on the 17-player NCCAA
Josh Estep, Ross Yoder, Richey Burgos,
Levi Curry, Eddie Smith, and Zack Helm were
each honored for their achievements in 2007.
Estep, Yoder, and Burgos made up
three-fourths of the infield selections,
while Curry was one of four pitchers
honored. Smith was one of four outfielders
selected, and Helm was chosen as the
designated hitter on the team.
Estep, a sophomore shortstop from
Gahanna, Ohio, led the Cougars with a .414
batting average, 16 doubles, and 60 RBI. The
former Gahanna Lincoln High School standout
also registered one triple, seven home runs,
and 50 runs scored.
Yoder, a junior second baseman from
Berlin, Ohio, led MVNU with 80 hits, five
triples, eight stolen bases, and 63 runs
scored. The former Hiland High School star
batted .406 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs,
and 48 RBI.
Burgos, a junior third baseman from
Ponce, Puerto Rico, led the Cougars with 11
home runs and 32 walks while batting .372.
The former Puerto Rico Academy product also
compiled 14 doubles, two triples, 50 runs
scored, and 46 RBI.
Curry, a junior left-handed pitcher from
Mount Vernon, Ohio, posted a 7-4 record on
the mound with a team-best 2.32 ERA. In 77.2
innings of work, the former Mount Vernon
High School star struck out 60 batters and
issued just 21 walks while tossing two
Smith, a senior outfielder from
Johnstown, Ohio, posted a .350 batting
average and committed just two errors while
starting 53 of the teamís 54 games in
centerfield. The former Northridge High
School standout registered nine doubles, one
triple, five home runs, 40 runs scored, and
Helm, a senior designated hitter from
Centerville, Ohio, batted .395 with 49 runs
scored and 48 RBI. The former Dayton
Christian High School product also added 11
doubles, one triple, and three home runs.