NIACC Press Release:
MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore pitcher Tim Black has verbally committed to play baseball next season at Central Michigan University.
Central Michigan is a NCAA Division I school located in Mount Pleasant, Mich. and is a member of the Mid-American Conference.
The Chippewas were 25-32 overall and 12-15 in the MAC in 2013. Former Newman Catholic standouts Jordan Adams (senior) and Blake Louscher (redshirt freshman) played for the Chippewas in 2013.
Black (Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada) struck out a single-game World Series record 16 batters in NIACC’s 2-0 win over Madison College in the opening game of the national tournament on May 25. Black allowed two hits and one walk in his nine innings of work and took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Wolfpack.
Black was selected to the NJCAA Division II World Series all-tournament team as the Trojans placed fifth in their first-ever appearance.
“Tim had a phenomenal two years with us,” NIACC coach Travis Hergert said. “He was one of the main reasons for our postseason success.
“The three starts during the run was the most dominant I have ever seen.”
Black, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound right-hander, was 6-3 with a 1.88 earned run average during his sophomore season. He had 76 strikeouts and 24 walks in 72 innings pitched.
Five other NIACC players signed with NCAA Division I schools in November. Pitcher Lucas Bakker signed with Elon University, pitcher Jeremy Cronk signed with Ohio University, second baseman Hunter King signed with University of North Carolina-Greensboro and pitcher Ean McNeal and catcher Robert Swenson signed with Chicago State.
Also, first baseman Max Waletich and pitcher Joey Reed will play for Minnesota State (NCAA Division II).
The following is where sophomore pitcher Tim Black ranks on NIACC’s career and single-season pitching lists:
Wins – 10 (tied for third)
Strikeouts – 132 (first)
ERA – 1.88 (first)
Innings pitched – 134 1/3 (2nd)
Complete games – 6 (2nd)
Wins – 6 in 2013 (8th)
Strikeouts – 76 in 2013 (1st)
ERA - 1.88 in 2012 and 2013 (1st)
Innings pitched – 72 in 2013 (2nd)