Ryan Enos is described by Oswego State baseball coach Scott Landers as “a perfectionist who works hard in everything he does,” and the standout infielder displayed those traits throughout an award-winning sophomore year.
Enos was recently named the SUNYAC Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year, becoming just the second athlete in Oswego State history to receive that distinction while adding to his collection of academic and athletic accolades that have been announced over the last several weeks.
The wellness management major has maintained a 4.00 grade-point average throughout his four semesters at Oswego while excelling as a starting infielder and key batter at the top of the order for the SUNYAC champion Lakers baseball teams of the past two seasons.
“I always put a lot of emphasis on my schoolwork and that mean’s a lot to me,” Enos said. “I take a lot of pride in that, it’s very important to me and it’s a big part of why I’m at this school, so it feels good to be recognized for that hard work in the classroom.”
Dan Saccocio is the only previous Oswego athlete to be named the SUNYAC Scholar Athlete of the Year award in any sport, receiving the honor in 2015. He was also a member of the baseball program, and Landers said that the team establishes the goal of a combined 3.00 team GPA at the start of each season.
To be eligible for SUNYAC Scholar Athlete of the Year consideration, athletes must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.30, act as a starter or significant contributor in their respective sport, and be at least a sophomore.
“It makes me really proud that (Enos) has had a 4.00 (grade-point average) every semester that he’s been here,” Landers said. “He takes care of his business off the field, first and foremost, and then he takes care of his business on the field.”
Landers added: “There’s more to coaching than just being on the field with them. I have to be there for them on a daily basis whether it’s family, school, or baseball, so watching them succeed in the classroom is a proud moment for me as a coach.”
Enos, who is playing for the Utica Blue Sox of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League this summer to prepare for his junior season next spring at Oswego, has garnered several awards since the Lakers (29-15 overall) ended their season in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fifth straight season.
The Oriskany native was recognized as a CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-American, named to the All-SUNYAC first team, and selected to the ABCA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com All-State second team.
Enos — a 5-foot-9 and 180-pound right-handed hitting prospect — ranked in the top five of the SUNYAC in batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.546), home runs (5), runs scored (47), total hits (58), doubles (14), and stolen bases (13).
Enos saved his best performance for the biggest stage and finished 3-for-6 with a home run, a double, and four runs batted in during the SUNYAC championship game to lift the Lakers to their third straight conference tournament title and claim Most Valuable Player honors.
“That’s what it’s all about, playing your best in the biggest games of the year, and we’ve done a good job the past two years of playing good baseball the whole tournament,” Enos said. “It feels good to perform when it comes down to it.”
Enos is one of several Oswego players training with a developmental team this summer. Through his first 15 games with the Utica Blue Sox of the PGCBL, he has batted for a .279 average with two doubles, a home run, eight runs batted in and seven stolen bases in 43 at-bats.
Utica entered this week with a 12-9 overall record and is two games behind the Geneva Red Wings for first-place in the West Division. The league is scheduled to run through July 31 with a short postseason slated for early August.
“I’m just looking to get better at all the fundamentals, really working hard every day and try to perfect everything,” Enos said. “I’m just here to make sure I get better every day and don’t slack off at all.”
Landers, who is working as a pitching coach for the Brewster Whitecaps in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer after wrapping up his eighth year as head coach at Oswego, said that he believes Enos will benefit greatly from playing daily in a stress-free environment, working at multiple infield positions, experience different pitching outside of the SUNYAC, and using a wood bat.
“I think from a talent perspective, he’s gotten much stronger in the weight room and he’s really worked hard on the field with his talents and become a really good baseball player,” Landers said of Enos.
“He’s a really good two-strike hitter with his two-strike approach and we’ve talked about him getting better in plus-count situations, but I really just want him to go out and become a better player and have fun playing baseball this summer.”
Enos is one of the expected leaders of a strong returning group for the Lakers next year after the perennial contender withstood the loss of 25 players combined from the 2017 and 2018 squads that reached the NCAA Division III World Series.
“I think we’re going to have a good team next year,” Enos said. “We’ll have a lot of guys coming back, and a lot of us are playing in different leagues trying to get better this summer, and then in the fall we’ll continue to do the same thing and work hard getting ready for the season to start.”
Enos said that he is considering a career as a physical education teacher but is still mulling various options for his future within the wellness management field.