MSU’s Eul named Central Region Coach of the Year

DALLAS — Minot State’s Scott Eul has been selected as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Central Region Coach of the Year and junior Celestino Rodriguez was named honorable mention all-region the organization announced on Wednesday.

Eul, who was also named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year, led the Beavers to the best season in school history. Minot State won a school-record 34 games and captured the programs first-ever NSIC regular season championship. The Beavers completed the year with a 34-16 overall record and were a sparkling 29-6 in conference play.

Eul will now be eligible for National Coach of the Year honors from the NCBWA.

The Beavers posted winning streaks of 11 and eight games during the year and entered the NSIC Tournament as the top seed. Minot State dropped its opening game of the tournament, but bounced back to defeat Minnesota State, St. Cloud State and Northern State before being eliminated by Concordia-St. Paul.

Rodriguez was named honorable mention designated hitter on the All-Central Region team. He is currently tied for second in the NSIC with nine home runs and ranks fourth in the conference with a team-leading 47 RBIs.

Rodriguez, who was named First Team All-NSIC, finished the season with a .313 batting average and had 11 doubles and a triple. He was second on the team with a .540 slugging percentage and was also second on the squad with a .357 batting average with runners in scoring position. He posted 16 multiple-hit games during the year and had 12 multiple-RBI games.

Rodriguez becomes the second Minot State player to be named NCBWA All-Central Region joining Jordan Schulz who was named Second Team All-Central Region last year.