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College Notebook: Baseball All-American Enos Division I-bound

Ron Moshier
Sports columnist
Posted 6/18/22

All-American infielder Ryan Enos just enjoyed an award-winning, school record-setting career year as a SUNY Oswego senior.

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College Notebook: Baseball All-American Enos Division I-bound

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All-American infielder Ryan Enos just enjoyed an award-winning, school record-setting career year as a SUNY Oswego senior.

And he’s not done yet.

Enos, a former three-sport superstar at Oriskany Central, already has played four-plus seasons of college baseball, and he already has graduated as Oswego’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete and NCAA Division III baseball’s Academic All-America Team “Member of the Year.”

But that 2020 season that limited him and Oswego’s Lakers to just nine games because of the COVID-19 pandemic means he has one more year of eligibility, and earlier this week — two days after celebrating his 23rd birthday — Enos let East Tennessee State University (ETSU) coaches he is headed for Johnson City, Tennessee, to play Division I baseball for the Bucs.

“Once I knew I was getting two extra years (because of the pandemic), I knew I would be able to go play somewhere else,” Enos said, “and this was just a good fit. It’s a good school with nice facilities, and I think I am going to have the opportunity to go there and make an impact right away.”

No matter what happens there, it no doubt will be the end of his collegiate baseball career, and he is more than a little determined to make the most of it.

“I think it will be fun,” said Enos. “It’s a good opportunity for me; I’m just going to go there and play my game.”

This season, his “game” earned Enos first-team honors on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III All-America Team, and he was a third-team D3baseball.com All-American. The second baseman played in all of Oswego’s 46 games and hit career highs with a .451 batting average, 10 home runs, a school-record 60 RBIs, 66 runs, 74 hits, a school record-tying 21 doubles, a .566 on-base percentage that ranked sixth-best in the country and a .774 slugging percentage. Nationally, he ranked 13th in hit by pitch (21), 14th in batting average and doubles, and 18th in runs scored.

Enos, who also was the first Oswego player to slug three homers in one game, graduated as the Lakers’ all-time leader in at-bats, hits, runs, doubles and stolen bases. He was a first-team member of the All-State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Team three times and he won the conference’s Elite 20 Award each of the last two seasons. Off the field, he was a four-time Academic All-American.

In the four full seasons Enos played at Oswego, the Lakers had a 117-48 record. They won two conference titles and made the NCAA Division III Tournament all four of those years, reaching the College World Series in 2018, when they finished 30-14. Oswego was 33-13 this season.

“I think it was time for him to go,” said Oswego head coach Scott Landers. “Ryan’s done all he could for us at Oswego. ... I’m actually grateful that he came back this season. He’s been such a great leader for us. It’s time for him to pursue a higher level, and he has my blessing.

“He’s not only a great baseball player, he’s a great human being. I think he will be very successful (at ETSU). I don’t think Division I pitching will affect him at all. He’s very motivated, he’s a perfectionist, and he will find a way to win.”

For now, Enos is in the midst of his third summer season with the Utica Blue Sox of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Through nine games, the Blue Sox were 6-3 and Enos was batting .400 with four doubles, a home run, six RBIs and three stolen bases.

At East Tennessee State, Enos will play in a Southern Conference that includes Wofford, Mercer, UNC-Greensboro, Samford, Western Carolina, Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel. The Bucs were 30-21 overall this season.

Enos, who chose ETSU over James Madison and Penn State, is looking forward to playing in a more baseball-friendly climate.

“Yeah, it’s going to be a lot different; they play year ‘round,” he said. “I like Oswego and the weather there, but sometimes the snow is a little too much. I loved my time there, but it was time to go after five years. I’m excited. It’s a good conference and it’s a great opportunity to play against a lot of good players.”

Enos, who entered the NCAA’s transfer portal last fall when he knew he would be graduating from Oswego, said the plan right now is to enter the sports nutrition graduate certificate program at ETSU.

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