Trio Named To D2CCA Baseball All-Region List

Trio Named To D2CCA Baseball All-Region List

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Seniors Genesis Hillard (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Colin Kaucher (Toledo, Ohio) and sophomore Tim Zeller (Mount Vernon, Ohio) were each named to the D2CCA All-Midwest Region team in voting conducted by sports information directors.

Hillard and Kaucher had each been voted First Team All-Great Midwest last week by the league's coaches, while Zeller was a second team selection.

Hillard batted .332 in 55 starts this spring, clubbing seven homers with 57 RBIs and 17 doubles. He walked 32 times, finishing with a .440 OBP, and also slugged .540 while scoring 58 runs and stealing 10 bases. He finished with 18 multi-hit games on the year and 12 multi-RBI games, including three games with at least five RBIs. He earned a pair of G-MAC Player of the Week awards during the spring as well.

For his career, Hillard finished with a .305 batting average in 150 games played, knocking in 108 runs with 32 doubles and scoring 112 runs.

Kaucher graduates as one of the most decorated players in ODU's Division II era with a lifetime .378 average, .457 OBP and .552 slugging percentage. In 195 games, he had 19 homers, 184 RBIs, 49 doubles, nine triples and stole 20 bases while walking 90 times against just 96 strikeouts. Kaucher was a preseason All-American this year after earning a pair of All-American honors last spring, as well as Academic All-American accolades.

This spring, he batted .404 with seven homers, 52 RBIs, 16 doubles and 61 runs while also stealing 11 bases. He tallied a .484 OBP and slugged .615. Kaucher finished with 25 multi-hit performances and 14 multi-RBI games, and he also threw out 16 would-be base stealers this season (47.1 percent).

After working primarily out of the bullpen last year, Zeller earned a starting role on the infield this spring and excelled at the plate, hitting .329 with eight homers and 41 RBIs. He also doubled seven times and stole 14 bases without being caught while scoring 40 runs.

On the mound, Zeller finished with a 4-1 record with eight saves in 16 appearances, striking out 28 in his 28.1 innings of work. In 10 of his outings, he pitched more than an inning, and he now sports a 9-2 record in 36 career appearances.

Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 32-23 record and a 22-10 mark in G-MAC play, recording the most conference wins this spring. ODU has won at least 32 games in consecutive years after finishing as the Midwest Region runner-up in 2018.

Contact: Scott Miles