Copeland Awarded Schuster Endowed Scholarship
June 3, 2009
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior left-handed pitcher Ryan Copeland has been awarded the inaugural Schuster Family Endowed Scholarship for his efforts in the classroom and on the field, the Illinois State Athletics Department announced Wednesday.
Copeland, a native of Des Plaines, Ill., led the Redbirds with a 3.63 ERA and limited opposing hitters to a .246 batting average in 14 appearances during the 2009 campaign. He set a career-high with 91.2 innings pitched and posted a 4-5 record as one of Illinois State's primary weekend starters. The also notched the second save of his career and struck out 69 batters with just 15 walks.
A 2008 All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention and 2009 Preseason All-MVC Selection, Copeland has also spent the last two seasons leaving his mark on national leader boards. Copeland led the nation in walks allowed per nine innings after issuing just nine free passes in 2008 and tied for fifth in the country with six complete games this season.
"Ryan Copeland is a great representative of Illinois State University, both on and off the field," Illinois State head coach Mark Kingston said. "He's a deserving recipient and the Schuster family should be very proud that a young man of this caliber is receiving this award."
The Schuster Family Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Andrew Schuster, a four-year letterwinner in baseball for the Redbirds, and Danielle Miller-Schuster, a "Redline Dancer" at ISU athletic events. The scholarship was established by Robert and LaNita Schuster.
The Schuster Family Endowed Scholarship will be presented annually to a junior or senior member of the Illinois State Baseball team. This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded.
The Schuster Endowed Scholarship is one of 23 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that is funded by private donors.
For more information about supporting this, or any other Illinois State University endowment scholarships, call The Redbird Club office at (309) 438-3803.