Ruziak to compete against Division I regional stars
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Following an impressive career, the starting catcher for the Plymouth State University baseball team has been named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) College Division roster for the 44th Annual Joe Walsh All-Star game.
Senior Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) will join the top NCAA Division II and Division III seniors in New England on the College Division team, which will face the University Team, comprised of Division I New England All-Stars, on Thursday, May 31 at McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
Ruziak, a 5-8 catcher, is a two-time All-Little East Conference (LEC) honoree and one of just two LEC student-athletes selected for the game. He has been a mainstay in the Panther lineup over the last four years, appearing in 129 of 155 games throughout his career. The backstop was one of the top defensive catchers in the Little East in 2018, nailing a league-best 19 attempted base stealers.
Hardly a one-dimensional player, Ruziak also finished third in the league in triples and his 17 stolen bases were the seventh-most in the conference, while being caught just once. He ended the season second on the team with nine extra base hits after recording three doubles, three triples and three home runs.
The two-year captain is the first Panther to appear in the game in at least 20 years.
"I'm extremely proud and excited for Cam to have been selected to this prestigious game," said third-year head coach Clay Jenkins. "I remember watching friends play when I was a college athlete and the honor of playing in it will be a memory that Cam will have forever. To be recognized as one of the top seniors at his position, regardless of division, in all of New England is extraordinary. Cam has worked incredibly hard at his craft to get to where he is as a catcher and this is a fitting way for him to be recognized as he concludes his collegiate career."
Ruziak helped guide the Panthers to wins over three nationally-ranked teams and a 16-19 overall record in 2018. PSU finished 5-9 in Little East play and made its tenth appearance in the Little East Tournament and second in the last three years under Jenkins' direction.
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