Wheaton College (Ill.) Michael McCraith picks up ABCA All-Region recognition

Wheaton College's Michael McCraith has earned Third Team All-Central Region from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

The selection is the second time in his career that McCraith has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team, he was a First Team honoree in 2017.

McCraith posted a team-best 2.88 ERA in 68-1/3 innings over 10 starts for the Thunder baseball team in 2019. He struck out a team-best 81 batters this season and held opponents to a .215 opponent batting average allowing only 10 extra-base hits all year.

A three-time First Team All-CCIW honoree, McCraith was second in the the CCIW this year with a .211 opponents' batting average in league contests. His four victories against CCIW foes ranked fourth in the CCIW. He posted a 3.06 ERA in CCIW action this season, with 33 strikeouts in 35-1/3 innings of work. He posted two complete games in his five CCIW starts, including one shutout.

McCraith is second all-time in program history in strikeouts with 247 in his career and he is second in career wins (19). In four seasons on the mound for the Thunder, McCraith appeared in 37 games with 32 starts and a 19-7 career record. His 214-1/3 innings pitched is ninth in program history.

McCraith's nine victories in 2017 is the highest single-season total by a Wheaton pitcher in program history and his 83 strikeouts in 2018 is tied for eighth in team history. His six victories this year ranks ninth in the team record books and his 81 strikeouts this year is 10th in program history.

Wheaton College sponsors 21 varsity sports, and Thunder teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. The Thunder Athletics program has won five NCAA Division III Championships since 1984, and Wheaton student-athletes have won 31 Division III individual National Championships all-time. For more information, visit athletics.wheaton.edu.

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