KARIM GONZALEZ NAMED RUNNER-UP FOR MEAC MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Karim Gonzalez was runner-up for this award for his strong accomplishments on and off the field.
Karim Gonzalez was runner-up for this award for his strong accomplishments on and off the field.

Aug. 16, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball student-athlete Karim Gonzalez was the runner-up for the inaugural annual MEAC Man of the Year.

The award recipient is selected by the conference's athletic directors, celebrating the accomplishments in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community.

Jared Baldwin, track & field competitor at North Carolina A&T, was named the first ever honoree of the award.

On the baseball field, Gonzalez served as a starting and relief pitcher for the Hawks, throwing 42.2 innings in 19 games. His season was capped with a complete game in the MEAC Tournament, going eight innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts and just one earned run against Bethune-Cookman to earn a place on the MEAC All-Tournament Team.

Gonzalez was one of the best students at UMES, finishing with a 3.96 GPA in four years and graduating with a degree in history in May. He was chosen as a graduation speaker at the Spring 2012 Commencement. He also was named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team the past three years and was a two-time UMES Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

He has also been involved in the community, assisting with Operation Teddy Bear during the holiday season, and Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research. He also assisted in "Adopt a Highway," helping clean up trash along Route 13. At UMES, he volunteered his time as a tutor to help other student-athletes in math, Spanish and history.

Since graduation, he has been running a baseball camp in his home country of Mexico, working with teenagers ages 15 and 16 to improve their pitching and get them ready for college.