Simon and Bene Among National Pitching Leaders; Commodores’ Offense Ranks #12 in NJCAA, D-III

by Ken Hoffman

Lorain County Community College sophomore pitchers Kevin Simon and Nick Bene rank fifth and 22nd, respectively, in the NJCAA, D-III list of best Earned-Run-Averages in the nation.  Further, the Commodores’ offense ranks 12th in the nation.
Kevin Simon
Kevin Simon

Simon owns a 5-0 record.  His five complete games ties him for the most complete games in D-III and his ERA of 0.73 ranks fifth.  The lefty hurler averages 13.14 strikeouts per nine innings, good for 11th in D-III.  

Nick Bene
Bene is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.20, ranking twenty-second among D-III pitchers.  His 11.62 K’s per nine innings ranks 23rd.
The Commodores’ bats have been booming with a team batting average of .343 (215 hits in 626 at-bats) which ranks number 12 in the D-III nation. 
Other Top 20 team rankings:
Triples (15) tied for number three
On-Base-Percentage (.444) tied for number 12
Slugging percentage (.486)  number 12
Stolen Bases (58) tied for number 13
Individuals among Top 50 in the D-III nation:
Batting Average: Jesse Barrios (Wooster/OH) .444, tied for 26th
                                Dalton Welty (Fremont/Fremont) .444, tied for 26th
On-Base-Percentage: Barrios .554, number 12
                                        Welty  .528, number 34
Slugging Percentage: Barrios .722, 25th
                                        Nate Colbert (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville) .671, 39th
Triples:  Barrios 4, tied for number five
               Colbert 3, tied for number 13
               Gavin Taulbee (Grafton/Midview) 3, tied for number 13
Home Runs: Colbert 4, tied for 33rd
Runs-Batted-In: Colbert 32, tied for number 37
                               Barrios 30, tied for number 44