Roster: Navs Add a Big Bat

The North Shore Navigators have made a splash, signing the 2009 NCCAA II National Player of the Year, Tyler Ruehlman from Southeastern University.  Southeastern had won four NCCAA National Champiosnships in a row before falling to Toccoa Falls College in 2009.  Ruehlman, an outfielder, will join the team tomorrow night for their showdown with the Newport Gulls at Fraser Field (7:00 P.M.).

…wow.  add ruehlman to dennis, lebel, brady, and waldrip at the top of the order and north shore might just have the scariest lineup in the necbl.  not to mention the navs’ pitching staff, which features four starters with ERAs at or below three, and the saves leader in the necbl…

Ruehlman is a sophomore from Apopka, Florida, where he attended Lake Brantley High School.  Here’s the release from Southeastern University on Ruehlman’s postseason honors:

Cincinnati, Ohio–Southeastern’s Tyler Ruehlman was named the 2009 NCCAA II National Player of the Year after having a record-breaking season for the Fire. Ruehlman recieved the award at the national banquet last week in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the 2009 NCCAA II National Tournament.

Ruehlman, who is only a sophomore, was also named the South Region Player of the Year this season as he set school records with 91 hits, 27 doubles, 168 total bases, and an .857 slugging percentage.

He ended his season with a .464 batting average, which ties Ian O’Leary’s mark set back in 2004. He also had 16 home runs, 71 RBIs, and a .498 on-base percentage, which is good for second all-time.

Southeastern failed to win its fifth straight NCCAA II National Championship this past week, but not because of any lack in Ruelman’s effort. The NCCAA II Player of the Year went 10-for-18 in the tournament with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

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