By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---Eric Hotchkiss (Bedford/Lambertville, Mich.), a freshman outfielder for the Owens Community College baseball team, will head to NCAA Division III Adrian College next year.
This past year, Hotchkiss batted 27-for-87 (.310) with 22 runs, five doubles, one triple, one home run, 26 RBI, 16 walks and nine stolen bases over 32 games. In Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play, he went 6-for-27 (.222) with four runs, one double, five RBI, five walks and one stolen base.
Prior to his one year at Owens, Hotchkiss was an All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection at Bedford High School.
Hotchkiss joins the following players from last year's team to join four-year schools: Ty Suntken (NCAA Division I Bowling Green State University), Casey Gose (NCAA Division I University of Toledo), Michael Finch (NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit University) and Zach Bobbitt (NAIA Cincinnati Christian University).
The Owens baseball team finished 30-15 overall last year and 11-5 in OCCAC play. They finished second in conference play during the regular season and advanced to the Sub-Region XII tournament before their season ended. The college announced the suspension of the program beginning with the 2016-17 season due to fiscal reasons.