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Six Baldwin Wallace University Student-Athletes Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District

IV Honors in Baseball and Softball

BEREA, OHIO -- Six Baldwin Wallace University student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-District IV honors in the sports of baseball and softball. The teams are voted on by 308 college and university division sports information directors from CoSIDA District IV which includes the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.

The six Yellow Jackets chosen are junior third baseman Mike Turchan (Mayfield) and senior designated hitter/ first baseman Ryan Petraitis (Akron/ Manchester) in baseball and senior pitcher Liz Fries (Columbus/ Bishop Watterson), junior pitcher/ designated player K.C. Young (Olmsted Falls), sophomore All-American catcher Nicole Loudin (Sheffield Lake/ Elyria Catholic) and sophomore right fielder Lindsay Kaya (Oberlin/ Firelands) in softball.

Turchan was a first-team selection and will advanced to the national CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. He carries a 3.409 grade point average in sports medicine and would like to be an athletic trainer. Turchan batted .383 with 12 doubles, four triples, eight homeruns and 40 runs batted-in for the 20-14 overall Yellow Jackets. He also had a 5-2 pitching mark with 2.78 earned run average with 45 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. Petraitis was a second-team selection who ended an outstanding three-year varsity career with a .329 batting average with 23 doubles, two homers and 56 RBI. He hit .320 or better each of his three seasons on the varsity and helped BW have three straight 20-win seasons. Petraitis carries a 3.3 grade average in mathematics.

Fries, Loudin and Young were all first-team pick and also advance to the national Academic All-America ballot. Kaya was a second-team choice. The quartet helped BW post a 21-15 overall mark for its third straight 20-win campaign.

Fries had an outstanding senior year both on the field and in the classroom. She graduated with a 3.933 grade point average with a degree in sports medicine/ health promotion and business administration. She also was 9-2 overall with a 1.49 ERA in 80 innings pitched. Fries has also won 34 games during her BW career to rank third all-time. Loudin, a second-team NFSCA All-American in 2003, has a 3.6 grade average in psychology. She hit .430 with seven doubles, two triples and a school single-season record 11 homers and drove in 34 runs. In her first two years at BW, Loudin has hit 21 homers and driven in 75 runs, including a school-record 41 a year ago. Young hit .324 with eight doubles, one homer and 16 RBI and was the ace of the pitching staff despite a 5-9 mark and 2.35 ERA. She carries a 3.47 grade average in early childhood education. Kaya, a 3.868 student in education and Spanish, hit .382 despite missing 10 games this year with an injury. In 26 games, Kaya had a double and 10 RBI.

FOR MORE BW SPORTS INFORMATION, please call BW Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327, FAX him at 440-826-2329 or e-mail him at

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