Sabol, Cooper Taken in Late Rounds of MLB Draft
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Jake Sabol (left) and Zach Cooper were selected by the Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins, respectively, the 2011 MLB Draft.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan right-handed pitchers Jake Sabol and Zach Cooper were selected in the late rounds of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

Sabol was a 36th round pick by the Detroit Tigers, while Cooper's name was called in the 46th round by the Florida Marlins.

Sabol was 5-3 overall with a 4.13 earned-run average in 15 appearances in 2011. He started 12 games as a senior for the Chippewas, striking out 53 against just 13 walks in 80-2/3 innings pitched.

Sabol tossed three complete games in 2011, including back-to-back complete-game shutouts against Ohio and Akron in April. He shut out Ohio on six hits on April 3, then blanked Akron on four hits on April 10. He struck out four and walked one in both starts.

For his career, Sabol was 9-8 with a 5.27 ERA in 52 career appearances.

Cooper was an All-MAC second team selection as a junior in 2011 after posting a 6-3 record with a 3.26 earned-run average in 15 starts. He struck out 88 and walked 39 in 91 innings of work in 2011.

Cooper's season was highlighted by a complete-game one-hitter in a 3-0 win at Western Michigan on May 14. He struck out six and walked two while tossing CMU's first nine-inning one-hitter since 2000.

In three seasons at CMU, Cooper is 15-8 overall with two saves and a 3.85 ERA.

Sabol and Cooper were the second and third Chippewas taken in the 2011 draft. Left-handed pitcher Trent Howard was selected in the seventh round by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

Fourteen Chippewas have been selected in the MLB Draft during Steve Jaksa's tenure as CMU's head coach.
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