JACKSON, Tenn. – SIUE pitcher Travis Felax (Troy, Ill.) and shortstop Skyler Geissinger (Overland Park, Kan.) were honored Tuesday as part of the All-Ohio Valley Conference baseball teams. Felax was named to the second team, while Geissinger was named to the league's All- Freshman team.
Felax, a junior right-hander, made 11 starts for the Cougars and finished with a 3-6 record. His ERA of 2.26 was second best in the OVC and among the top 100 in the NCAA following the Cougars' season. In 75.2 innings he struck out 58 hitters, while walking just six. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.67) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.71) each rank fourth in the NCAA. He tossed four complete games which tied for the most in the OVC, and currently is 37th best in the NCAA.
Geissinger appeared in 49 of SIUE's 51 games, making 46 starts. Geissinger began the year as the team's third baseman, before transitioning to shortstop following an injury. He finished third on the team with a .261 batting average overall. He led the Cougars with 12 doubles, and also was second on the team with 29 RBIs. He was third on the club with five home runs. His average in OVC contests jumped to .303, where he also added 10 doubles, three home runs, and 21 RBIs.
Austin Peay first baseman Craig Massoni and closer Tyler Rogers were chosen as the Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Rookie of the Year went to Eastern Kentucky outfielder Kyle Nowlin. Tennessee Tech Head Coach Matt Bragga was chosen Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Eagles to the OVC Regular Season Championship.
The awards were announced Tuesday evening as part of the banquet preceding the OVC baseball championships.
SIUE finished its season 16-35 overall. The Cougars were 10-20 in the OVC, placing them eighth.