KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior pitcher Cody Griebling has been named a first-team All-MIAA selection as seven Lions in total were named All-MIAA today as the league announced its post season awards.
Griebling earns his second All-MIAA honor as he was an honorable mention pick a season ago. This season, Griebling has helped the team to third-best team ERA in the MIAA and leads the league with 89 innings pitched. His 68 strikeouts rank fourth in the league and the nine wins are second. He ranks second in Division II with nine complete games which ties a Missouri Southern single-season record. In his two-year career, Griebling has a 16-8 record, with a 3.54 ERA in 29 appearances. He has struck out 122 batters, walked 60, and has 12 complete games in 159 innings pitched, while holding batters to a .240 batting average.
Luke Acosta was named a second-team All-MIAA selection after leading the Lions in runs this season. Acosta is currently second in that category in the MIAA. He has been the lead-off hitter for for the majority of the season and has played every inning of every game at second base. A .337 hitter, Acosta ranks second on the team in that category, while leading the team in runs, doubles and triples and ranking second in hits. He ranks 8th in the MIAA in doubles, 12th in total bases, second in triples, fourth in total plate appearances, and third in at bats.
Earning honorable mention All-MIAA honors were senior utility men Jesse Kinzey and Cullen Baxter, junior outfielder Michael McCoy, junior catcher Sam Ryan and sophomore pitcher David Reese.
Central Missouri pitcher Lee Stoppleman and shortstop Bret Schwartz were named the MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, while their coach Tommy Myers was named the league's Coach of the Year. Emporia State freshman Shawn Talkington was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year.