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Four members of the Lakeland College baseball team received all-conference honors as the Northern Athletics Conference released its all-league team on Wednesday.
Lakeland senior outfielder Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) and junior utility player Mike Ruzek (Manitowoc, Wis.) each received honorable mention, while freshman pitcher Andrew Mueller (Horicon, Wis.) received all-freshman honors. Senior outfielder Jeremy Meier (Sauk City, Wis.) was selected to the all-sportsmanship team.
Ruzek led the Muskies in hitting this season with a .402 batting average, scoring 19 runs, recording 45 hits, eight doubles and collecting 24 runs batted in good for second on the team. He was also a mainstay in the rotation, finishing the season 2-3 with a 4.15 era, allowing 30 runs, 26 earned, in 56.1 innings. He led the team with 51 strikeouts. Ruzek is currently third all-time in shutouts (four) and fourth in strikeouts (144) in a career.
Schartner was the Muskies second-best hitter at .323, and he scored a team-high 29 runs, recorded 42 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and drove in 15 runs. He was also a key piece of the bullpen, finishing 2-3 with a 4.15 era, allowing eight runs, six earned, in 13 innings, walking eight and striking out 12. Schartner led the conference with 11 outfield assists in 35 games and finishes fourth in Lakeland history in stolen bases in a season, stealing 23 on 25 attempts this season.
Mueller had an excellent freshman campaign as he finished 3-1 with a 3.63 era, allowing 23 runs, 21 earned, in 52 innings, walking 22 and striking out 17.
Meier was a solid outfielder and leader in the clubhouse for the Muskies. The senior played several positions throughout the year and remained positive and was a solid example.
The Muskies finished the 2011 season on an eight-game conference winning streak and look to continue their success next season.
For a complete list of All-NAC award winners, click here.