June 5, 2012

Ben Klimesh Selected in 15th Round of MLB Draft

San Antonio - Trinity senior Ben Klimesh was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday evening.

Klimesh was the 472nd overall pick in the MLB Draft, which began on Monday, June 4.  He joins a list of several Tiger baseball players who have either been drafted by or played with an organization in MLB. 

This season, Klimesh broke several school and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference records in leading Trinity to its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Playoffs.  Klimesh became Trinity's record-holder in single season and career strikeouts, as well as single season and career victories. 

He also became the SCAC's strikeout king for both single season and a career, and his numbers also rank him in the top 10 in NCAA Division III history for strikeouts.  Russell Kramer, the Director of Communications/New Media in the SCAC Office, was able to conduct an exclusive post-draft interview with Klimesh.  Listen

Klimesh was 13-3 with a 1.71 ERA in 17 games this season, recording two shutouts and nine complete games for Trinity.  He struck out 154 batters and walked just 40 for the year, holding the opposition to a .194 batting average.  Klimesh was named the SCAC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season.

Head Coach Tim Scannell led Trinity to a 37-12 record this season, tying the school's all-time mark for wins in one year.  Coach Scannell is Trinity's all-time leader in victories and winning percentage, and has led the Tigers to 30 or more wins 11 times in his 14 seasons.

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