OXFORD, Ala. – SIUE sophomore catcher Brock Weimer, senior second baseman Alec Skender and redshirt-freshman centerfielder Eric Giltz were honored Tuesday by the Ohio Valley Conference as part of the All-OVC baseball teams.
Weimer was selected to the first team, Skender was picked to the second team and Giltz was honored as part of the All-Freshman team.
"I am excited for those three guys in receiving All-Conference recognition," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said.
A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Weimer finished fourth on the team with a .329 batting average while leading the Cougars with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs. His 15 home runs tied SIUE's single-season record and currently rank 36th in the NCAA.
"Brock Weimer had a tremendous year offensively," Lyons said. "He provided a lot of production for us in the middle of the order."
Weimer hit .337 in OVC games. He had 13 multi-RBI games, which led the team, including four games of five or more RBIs.
His selection marks only the second first team choice for an SIUE player and the first since 2014.
Skender, a Metamora, Illinois, product, led the team in batting average at .386, which was third best in the OVC and 19th in the NCAA. He also was third in the league with 83 hits, which ranked 14th in the NCAA. His batting average was second best for a single season in SIUE's Division I era. His 83 hits are 10th most in a single season and the most in a season in the Division I era. Skender led the Cougars and finished eighth in the OVC with 13 stolen bases.
"Alec Skender being recognized shows a lot about his development and the season that he had," Lyons said. He was the guy. He was the sparkplug for our offense, and the numbers showed."
He started all 52 games at second base for the Cougars and had a perfect fielding percentage in 231 total chances.
"Defensively, he was remarkable," Lyons added. "He played 52 games and didn't commit a single error, which is outstanding."
Giltz, who hails from Wheaton, Illinois, started 51 of SIUE's 52 games in center field. He hit .302 with a home run and 29 RBIs in his first full season. He played in five games last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
"It was quite a second half of the season for Eric," Lyons said. "He raised his overall average above .300 by the end of the year. To have 20-plus RBIs in the eight or nine hole says a lot about the clutch hits that he provided for us."
Giltz hit .340 with a home run and 19 RBIs in OVC play. He made just a single error in center field.
"Those were three key guys who all were very good defensively for us," Lyons added. "They are a main reason why we were such a strong defensive team."
SIUE finished the season at 23-29, earning its most wins since 2012.