ALBION — Mike Schypinski, a senior pitcher at Albion College and native of Sterling Heights, has been named the 2013 Most Valuable Pitcher of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Schypinski — the ace for the Britons’ staff in each of his four years on the team, according to Albion Director of News and Sports Information Bobby Lee — led the MIAA in innings pitched in league play (45.2). Schypinski, a graduate of Warren De La Salle, finished second in strikeouts and victories, with 37 and five, respectively. Schypinski had an overall record of 6-2 and a 3.07 ERA.
“When I first heard I had won the award, I was a little bit surprised but extremely happy. It was an individual goal of mine and it felt great to accomplish it,” Schypinski said May 14.
“I thought about how I could not have done it on my own. My teammates played great defense behind me, as well as gave me solid run support all year long, and for that, I was very thankful. I also was thankful of my coaches, for the opportunity to play at Albion and for everything they taught me along the way.”
Schypinski received the Most Valuable Pitcher award May 7. The Sterling Heights native was also named to the All-MIAA first team.
“(Schypinski) had one of the best years I’ve seen from a pitcher in our league,” Albion baseball coach Scott Carden said.
“Mike has had an outstanding career, and he’s deserving of being named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Pitcher.”
This season, Schypinski recorded a complete-game shutout in an April 26 win over Calvin College. In nine appearances — eight starts — Schypinski pitched six complete games.
The senior hurler also had games against Trine University and Olivet College in which he didn’t allow an earned run.
“When preparing for a game, I do my best to stay relaxed and enjoy joking around with teammates until game time,” said Schypinski, who works as an intern with Quicken Loans and aspires for a career in the business world.
“When I take the (mound), it’s a completely different story. From my first pitch of the game to my last pitch of the game, I am 100 percent locked in and competing as hard as I can. I only get to play in one game a week, so I have to do everything I can to give us a chance to win.”
Schypinski is the third player — and the first pitcher — to earn one of the MIAA Most Valuable awards since Scott Carden became the Britons’ head coach in 2004. Albion players have been selected for most valuable awards in the league 15 times since the honor was instituted in 1965.
“It is a little sweeter for me as a senior because I have had some good years, but never have pitched a whole season this well,” Schypinski said.