Hall Named Baseball Team MVP
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Tyler Hall makes a throw during the Chippewas' matchup with Michigan State at Comerica Park in Detroit in April. Hall was named CMU's Most Valuable Player at the team's awards banquet Tuesday night.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Junior infielder Tyler Hall was named the Central Michigan baseball team's Most Valuable Player for 2011 at the program's annual awards dinner Tuesday night.

Hall led the Chippewas in average (.367), hits (84), runs (46), on-base percentage (.470) and slugging percentage (.559) and tied for the team lead in walks (34) and extra-base hits (27), including a school-record 11 triples. He earned All-MAC Tournament honors after batting .438 in the tournament, including hitting for the cycle in CMU's 9-8 win over Toledo.

William Arnold and Tom Howard were named co-recipients of the Most Improved Player award. Arnold developed into one of the Chippewas' top offensive threats in 2011, hitting .326 with a team-high 38 runs batted in and 28 runs scored. Over the season's final 18 games, Arnold hit an even .400 with an on-base percentage of .494 and 10 multi-hit efforts. He delivered a walk-off single in the Chippewas' 13-12 win over Western Michigan at the MAC Tournament.

Howard had the best offensive season of his career as a senior, setting career highs in virtually every offensive category. He finished the season with a .292 average, including 13 extra-base hits. His slugging percentage was .521 and on-base percentage .420 in 37 games played.

The Chippewa Award, symbolic of the player who best represents the baseball program's mission statement, was presented to senior pitcher Jake Sabol. He had his best season on the mound as a senior, posting a 5-3 record with a 4.13 earned-run average in 15 starts. In eight regular season starts against MAC opponents, Sabol was 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA. He was named MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week after tossing back-to-back complete-game shutouts against Ohio and Akron in April.

Senior relief pitcher Mike Nixon was named the recipient of the Captain's Award and the Kevin Young Memorial Endowment. A four-year letterman as a middle reliever, Nixon was 2-1 with one save in 23 appearances in 2011. For his career, Nixon was 4-1 with two saves in 77 career appearances.

Nixon is the inaugural recipient of the Kevin Young Memorial Endowment.

CMU won its second straight MAC West Division title in 2011. The Chippewas finished 31-27 overall and 17-9 in the MAC, their sixth 30-win campaign in Steve Jaksa's nine seasons as head coach.