Wright State baseball grabs Horizon League Coach and Player of the Year honors
FAIRBORN, Ohio (WRGT) -- On the diamond Wright State is the undisputed king. This week the University is hosting the Horizon League Championship with every team looking up at the Raiders. The team is tacking on some individual hardware before pushing for team glory.
Head Coach Jeff Mercer was voted coach of the year on Tuesday. The second-year man is off to a glorious tenure in Fairborn. The Raiders reached the national ranks in his first season. As a follow-up, Mercer pushed Wright State to the top of the Horizon League.
"It's a statement and a complement to our entire program, and I just happened to be the figure head at this point, but it's for all of us, and we are very appreciative of it," Mercer said of the award.
A chunk of the team's success comes from the bat of Gabe Snyder. The Raiders chart topping first baseman leads the Horizon League in five different offensive categories. His strong season finishes with Player of the Year honors. He enters the postseason sporting a .360 average with 15 homers and a growing group of fans.
"It's a great honor. It's a great league. A lot of great players come through here, and I'm happy to be at the top of that list," Snyder said.
Speaking of lists, the Raiders have five players snagging Horizon League first team honors. Snyder headlines the group which includes the majority the Wright State infield. On the list is second baseman Matt Morrow, shortstop Chase Slone, right fielder Peyton Burdick, and starter Ryan Weiss.
"We're good,” Morrow said with a laugh, “I mean we won a lot of games over the years, but that's just credit to our coaching staff, and really to all of our coaching staff holding us to the right standards, and just keeping anything on the right schedule."
The Raiders will play their first game of the Horizon League Tournament on Thursday.