MSUB's Miller is GNAC's top player

2014-05-06T18:30:00Z 2014-05-06T23:57:04Z MSUB's Miller is GNAC's top playerGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2014 6:30 pm  • 

Brody Miller of Montana State Billings has been selected the Great Northwest Athletic Conference player of the year for baseball.

Miller, a junior shortstop from Missoula, hit a team-high .390 this season with six home runs, 34 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

Miller led the GNAC in on-base percentage at .495 and tied for the lead in doubles with 16 and was second in slugging percentage at .587. His 67 hits were a single-season record for the Yellowjackets.

“Brody is a coach’s dream as a hitter,” said MSUB coach Rob Bishop. “His desire to be a better hitter has resulted in the great season he was able to put together this year. Brody is a leader on our team and has the respect of every guy in the program. He has made great strides in his mental toughness since he began his career here as a freshman.”

Miller has started every game but one since joining the Yellowjackets.

He now ranks second all-time at MSUB for hits (179), home runs (11), RBIs (99), runs (92) and at-bats (521).

Brandon Williams of Central Washington was selected the GNAC Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Cory Welch is the league’s top newcomer. Saint Martin’s Zack Larsen is the GNAC Freshman of the Year.

Luke Reinschmidt and Kevin Toon joined Miller on the All-GNAC first team.

Reinschmidt, a sophomore outfielder from Billings, hit .359 with 16 doubles and a GNAC-high five triples. On March 28 against Northwest Nazarene, Reinschmidt became only the third player in league history to hit for the cycle.

Toon, a sophomore first baseman from Walla Walla, Wash., hit .348 with 28 RBIs and 10 doubles.

MSUB relief pitcher Jake Mills earned second-team all-GNAC honors, while starting pitcher Brady Muller and outfielder Bret Bitow were honorable mention selections.

Miller was 4-3 in 20 appearances this season with a 2.76 ERA. He allowed only 18 runs and struck out 26 in 42.1 innings.

Muller was 3-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 11 appearances. He struck out 36 in 49 innings. Muller, a junior from Billings, now ranks first all-time for wins (14) and strikeouts (153). He is also second for innings pitched (190.2).

Bitow, a junior from Puyallup, Wash., hit .282 with 48 hits, including eight doubles, five triples and three home runs. He had 22 RBIs.

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