MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan baseball program saw three student-athletes taken in the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, bringing its total to five for the most players taken in program history.
Junior Dietrich Enns was the first Chippewa taken Wednesday by the New York Yankees in the 19th round, senior Jon Weaver followed in the 21st round by the Tampa Bay Rays and senior Ryan Longstreth closed the day when he was taken in the 40th and final round by the Detroit Tigers.
Enns (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East), a Freshman All-American in 2010 and the No. 76 ranked player on Cape Cod league's top-100 prospect list last summer, went 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 17 appearances and four starts in 2012. He pitched 17.1 straight scoreless innings over three appearances - two starts - against Akron, Northern Illinois and Ball State and finished the season with 43 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.
The MAC Freshman of the Year in 2010 and All-MAC selection, Enns is 17-3 overall in three seasons with the Maroon and Gold with eight saves and the sixth best career ERA in program history at 2.39.
Enns moved into the Chippewas' rotation in the final three weekends of MAC play, pitching back-to-back shutouts to earn MAC West Pitcher of the Week honors in consecutive weeks during his scoreless innings pitched streak.
Weaver (Franklin Park, Ill./Heartland CC/East Leyden HS) appeared in a team-high 26 games in 2012, recording the fourth most saves in single-season history with seven. He allowed just one run over his final 13 appearances - 17.1 innings - from April 15 to March 25, including a perfect 3.1 innings of work in the MAC Tournament in which he recorded two wins and a save.
The senior posted a 3-1 record with a 1.98 ERA in 24 appearances following his move to the bullpen after making two starts to begin the season.
Longstreth (Beaverton, Mich./Kellogg CC/Beaverton HS) appeared in 24 games, making five starts for the Chippewas and excelled in his relief position down the stretch. He held his opponents without a run in six-straight appearances from April 18 to May 12 and finished the year with a 3-3 record and 3.93 ERA.
The lefty won two games as a starter for the Maroon and Gold, striking out three over seven innings to defeat No. 23 Stetson on February 5 and limiting Hawaii to just one run on five hits in six innings March 10.
The three Chippewas joined junior Jordan Dean (Detroit Tigers - 15th round) and senior Zach Cooper (Philadelphia Phillies - 15th round) who were drafted during day two of the draft Tuesday. The five selections marks the most in program history.