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Nic Swanson named NCBWA All-Central Region; product Sequoyah Zach Parish named launcher of the year | Sports

Northeast State pitcher Nic Swanson was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Central Region second team on Friday.

Swanson, a Bixby High School product, was a fraction of the way from breaking NSU’s single-season strikeout mark in the NCAA Division II era. Swanson finished with 106 in 87 innings.

The redshirt freshman posted a 1.55 ERA, the lowest for an NSU starter since 1996, and his nine wins are the most for a starter in a single season since 2002.

Swanson, the first Northeast State player to be an NCBWA All-Region selection since 2016, was named to the All-MIAA First Team on May 12.

Swanson recorded 10 or more strikeouts four times in 12 starts, including a season-high 14 on April 17 against Missouri Southern. He had 11 punches against Fort Hays State on April 2 and recorded 10 twice in back-to-back starts against Northwest Missouri and Pittsburg State.

In 13 appearances, the right-hander pitched a full game, allowed 69 hits, walked 22 batters and earned a save in his only relief appearance in the RiverHawks’ season opener against Southern Nazarene.

The RiverHawks went 26-16 overall under head coach Jake Hendrick, who was selected MIAA Coach of the Year. They went 23-10 in MIAA play and won the second seed in the MIAA Baseball Championship before being swept in two games by seventh-seeded Rogers State.

Central Missouri’s Dusty Stroup was the NCBWA Central Region Unanimous Player of the Year, Missouri Southern’s Zach Parish, a Sequoyah High School product and former RiverHawk, was named Pitcher of the Year, and Matt Magers of Minnesota State was named coach of the year.

Parish went 12-2 on the mound as a senior and broke the NCAA Division II strikeout mark with his 474th on May 8 against Rogers State. The southpaw posted a 1.21 ERA, recorded 136 strikeouts in 89.1 innings and allowed 50 hits while walking 25. Parish led the MIAA in seven pitching categories.

Stroup hit .404 for the Mules, who won the regular-season MIAA championship with a 30-3 record. Stroup hit a league-high 18 homers and also led in RBI (55) and slugging percentage (.837).