Four Chippewas Earn All-MAC Honors
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
From left to right: Central Michigan junior Jordan Dean (second team/shortstop), senior William Arnold (second team/catcher), senior Zach Cooper (first team/starting pitcher) and senior Tyler Hall (second team/outfield) made up the Chippewas' All-MAC selections at the 2012 MAC Awards ceremony in Avon, Ohio Tuesday evening.

AVON, Ohio - Four members of the Central Michigan baseball program have been named to the All-Mid-American Conference team by the conference's head coaches.

Senior pitcher Zach Cooper was named to the first team, while senior catcher William Arnold, senior center fielder Tyler Hall and junior shortstop Jordan Dean each earned second-team honors.

Cooper (Hartland, Mich./Hartland) earns All-MAC honors for the second-straight season after being named a second-team selection a year ago. The senior finished MAC play 7-2 with a 1.66 ERA, striking out 61 in 70.1 innings. He pitched two complete-game shutouts during the conference season and ranks 36th in the country with 92 strikeouts in 14 starts in 2012.

Dean (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) led the MAC with 90 hits and 60 runs during the regular season, ranking seventh in hits and 11th in runs scored in Division I. He has recorded 30 multi-hit games during his junior campaign and twice put together a hitting streak of 10-plus games. He leads the Chippewas in average (.360), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.508), as well as stolen bases (9).

Arnold (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) led the Chippewas in batting average (.365) and RBI (23) during conference play all while managing a pitching staff that ranked second in conference play in ERA. He was named a National Player of the Week after hitting four home runs at Troy in the opening series of the season and is batting .332 on the season with a career-high 43 RBI.

Hall (Rockford, Mich./Grand Rapids CC) led all Chippewas with 11 extra-base hits during conference play and finished second among all league players with 34 runs scored. He had two triples during the conference season to move into a tie for second place all time in program history with 13 three-baggers and is the first CMU All-MAC outfielder since Tyler Stovall in 2007.

The Chippewas open MAC play tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 when they take on No. 6 seed Eastern Michigan. The winner will advance to play either No. 2 Toledo or No. 7 Miami in the second round of the double elimination tournament.