Senior Athletes of the Year Tommy Parsons, Kristi Zink to be Recognized at Bulldog Hall of Fame Ceremony

Kristi Zink and Tommy Parsons are the Adrian College Bulldogs Senior Student-Athletes of the Year for the 2017-18 season. (Women's hockey action photo by Don Sherman; baseball action photo by Mike Dickie)
Kristi Zink and Tommy Parsons are the Adrian College Bulldogs Senior Student-Athletes of the Year for the 2017-18 season. (Women's hockey action photo by Don Sherman; baseball action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Recent graduates Kristi Zink of NCAA Women's Hockey and Tommy Parsons from Baseball will be honored as the 2017-18 Adrian College Senior Athletes of the Year during the 2018 Bulldogs Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 5. The event will be held in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall as part of Homecoming Weekend. 

"Being named senior athlete of the year is obviously a huge accomplishment but could not have been done without my amazing teammates, coaches, and my support system," Zink stated. "I was very lucky to play with so many great players that became some of my best friends, my coaches always pushed me to be better, and my family was at every home game, traveled many hours to road games, and was always there for me after a win or loss. I will forever be grateful to Adrian for such a great four years."

Parsons added: "Being the Senior Athlete of the Year means a lot to me, especially knowing how great of an athletic class we had. We had a special group of athletes in the class of 2018 and to be recognized as having the best year means a lot from my peers and coaches at Adrian."

Kristi Zink, NCAA women’s hockey

Zink helped Adrian to its best four-year stretch in team history with three NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey championship berths, four Kronschnabel trophies for winning the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and three Slaats Cup conference tournament titles.

Last season, Zink saved her best for last as she was named an All-American on defense by two organizations: American Hockey Coaches Association (CCM Second Team) and U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO.com Third Team). As a senior, she led the Bulldogs with a plus-26 rating and was ranked fourth in the country for points per game by a defenseman with 0.93 ppg. She finished as the third-leading scorer for the Bulldogs with a 5+22=27 mark, registering career bests in all three scoring categories.

"There were so many great moments over my career and lots of success but hosting the Frozen Four my junior year is something I will never forget," she reflected. "Although it didn't end exactly how we wanted it to, the experience was amazing and playing in the national championship game in front of a jam-packed Arrington Ice Arena was amazing.

In addition, she was named to the All-NCHA and NCHA Slaats Cup all-tournament teams. Zink also was named all-conference as a sophomore in 2016.

Adrian compiled a 95-14-6 overall record for an .852 winning percentage and won 71.5 percent of its NCHA contests (65-25-5) during her 114-game career. During that time, Zink recorded eight goals, 54 assists and 62 total points to go with a plus-90 rating and 147 shots on goal.

After graduating with a degree in biology, Zink is currently working as a certified nursing assistant before going back to school soon to become a Registered Nurse.

According to Zink, she loves being employed at a nursing facility and looks forward to returning to school to become a full-fledged nurse.

Tommy Parsons, Baseball 

Parsons earned numerous postseason accolades on the field and in the classroom during his 2018 senior campaign: American Baseball Coaches' Association All-America First Team, D3baseball.com All-America Second Team, Mideast Pitcher of the Year by both the ABCA and D3baseball, Google Cloud Academic All-America® Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

He earned Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year accolades for the third time after posting an 11-0 mark with one save while leading the MIAA in earned-run average (1.72), victories, strikeouts (109), shutouts (2), complete games (10) and innings pitched (94.0). Among NCAA Division III leaders, Tommy was first in complete games, third in strikeout-to-walks ratio (15.57), fifth in strikeouts and walks allowed per nine innings (0.67), 21st in WHIP (0.95) and 32nd in ERA. 

"I have two favorite memories from Adrian. The first was my no-hitter against Olivet my sophomore season and it was even more special to be Coach (Craig) Rainey’s first in his illustrious career at Adrian; with all the special pitchers he had, the feat was an amazing feeling. My second would be my final start at Adrian in the NCAA regional at The Nic (Nicolay Field) against Otterbein. The atmosphere and all the fans there with my family, teammates and coaches was a memory that I will love and cherish forever," concluded Parsons.

Parsons parlayed his best collegiate year into a professional opportunity by signing as a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. At the rookie level Appalachian League’s Johnson City (Tenn.) Cardinals, he made nine starts among 13 appearances, had a 3.00 earned-run average and recorded a 5-1 record with one save en route to being an Appy League All-Star.

Parsons ended his AC tenure as the NCAA all-Divisions active career leader with 40 wins against only four losses, including a personal 23-game winning streak. Among current Division III all-time leaders, the business management graduate is first in complete games (24), second with seven shutouts and fourth with 288 strikeouts.

"I have had a great experience in my first year of professional baseball. In this off season, I will begin pursuing my master’s degree and working toward moving up in the Cardinals' organization.

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