PAINESVILLE, OHIO – For the third time this spring, Lake Erie College baseball players Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) have been named to a regional all-star team. Most recently, the pair was named to the 2011 NCBWA Midwest Region Second Team, selected by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Earlier this spring, the two were named to the Daktronics, Inc. All-Region and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region First Teams, as well as the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Team.
After entering the year as the fourth-ranked draftable prospect in Division II according to Baseball America, Rua had school single-season records with 68 hits and 19 stolen bases and led the Storm in 11 statistical categories on offense. The junior shortstop batted an even .400 (68-of-170) for the second straight year, scored 42 runs and drove in 44. He had 16 doubles and shared the team lead with five home runs. Rua slugged a team-high .594 and had a Storm-best 1.031 OPS, starting all 47 games.
A seior two-sport star at LEC, leftfielder James capped his career by leading the entire GLIAC in hitting with a .414 average (65-of-157). He hit two homers and drove in 31 runs, had 10 doubles and stole nine bases. He scored 32 times and was second on the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. James ended his career as the Lake Erie leader in 14 categories, including games played, hits, average and stolen bases.