By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its 2019 All-OAC lists on Monday with Capital University Baseball first baseman Shayne Lyons named Second Team All-OAC and second baseman Beau Otto named All-OAC Honorable Mention.
These are the first all-conference awards for the pair of juniors.
Lyons was an offensive dynamo at the plate in his second season as a full-time starter, setting career highs in nearly every category and leading the Crusaders in many as well. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio native's .416 overall batting average ranked third in the conference and that mark rose to .423 against OAC opponents. His .416 average was .064 higher than his average last year (.352). Lyons led the Crusaders with 149 at bats and his 62 hits led the team and tied for fourth in the conference, 33 of which came in OAC play. The huge increase in batting average helped Lyons post a career-high .460 on-base percentage and his .510 slugging percentage was .117 points higher than his slugging percentage last season. In OAC play, Lyons' on-base percentage rose to .483. All of those marks led the Crusaders. Lyons recorded a hit in 30 of his 36 games and 22 of those were multi-hit games. He only went hitless in back-to-back games once all season. Lyons was also had the second-most walks of any Crusader with 12.
Lyons' .416 batting average is the ninth-best mark in program history, his 149 at bats are the fifth-most in team history and his 62 hits are the third-most by a Crusader in a single season. His 76 total bases are tied for the ninth-most in one year
Not only did Lyons gets on base but many of his hits came with runners in scoring position leading to a career-best 25 RBIs, the most on the team. He also showed more power with a career-high nine extra-base hits, including the first two home runs of his career. His six doubles represented a career high and he hit his first career triple on March 9 at Oberlin College. His first career home run came on the same day and was a grand slam.
In addition to his work at the plate, Lyons proved to be one of the best defensive first basemen in the conference with only one error in 292 total chances. His .997 fielding percentage ranked first among full-time OAC first basemen and was second out of all OAC players with at least 100 total chances. Out of Capital players with at least 50 chances, Lyons' fielding percentage ranks second all-time.
Lyons is the first Crusader to be named Second Team All-OAC since Alexander Smith in 2017.
Otto, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, made 34 appearances for the Crusaders including 31 starts at the keystone and set career highs in many offensive categories. His 48 hits and 135 at-bats were both the most of his career and he tied his career high of four doubles. Three of those doubles came in OAC play and 24 of his total hits came in conference. His .356 average was the second-best mark of his career and second-best on the team and the same can be said about his .408 on-base percentage. Otto's 14 multi-hit games were tied for teh second-most on the team behind Lyons. More of Otto's hits came in clutch situations than ever before as he registered a career-best 16 RBIs, tied for fourth-most on the team, nine of which came during the OAC season. He also worked nine walks, the most of his career.
On the bases, Otto stole a career-high nine bases, seven in conference in 10 tries. In the field, the Roger Bacon High School product helped the Crusaders turn 19 double plays and his 74 fielding assists were the second-most on the team.