College Notebook: Four MSU Baseball Players Earn All-America Honors | local sports
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MANKATO — Four Minnesota State baseball players have been named D2CCA All-Americans.
Joey Werner was a first-team selection, while Collin Denk, Nick Altermatt and Jon Ludwig were third-team picks.
Werner, Denk and Hunter Even were named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Central Region first team, while Ludwig was named to the second team.
Werner, an outfielder, ranked 10th in Division II with a .439 batting average. He hit 14 home runs with 58 RBIs and was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year.
Even, a reliever, led the Northern Sun with 10 saves, which ranked third in Division II. He had a 2.28 ERA over 23 2/3 innings.
Denk had a 2.22 ERA to go with a 10-0 record. He struck out 77 bases with only five walks.
Ludwig struck out 105 of 268 batters he faced this season, with a 1.98 ERA in 68 1/3 innings.
Minnesota State finished the season at 39-10, taking third place in the NCAA DII Central Regional Tournament.
A trio of Minnesota State footballers – juniors Caitlin Brown and Jenny Vetter and sophomore Allie Williams – received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. All three will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-American ballot.
Brown has played 33 games in his career, with one goal and five assists. She was also twice named to the Northern Sun All-Academic Team.
Vetter has made 48 appearances in his career with 26 goals and 10 assists. She was twice named to the Northern Sun varsity team and was named to CoSIDA’s first-team All-American varsity in 2019.
Williams has made 25 appearances and had 10 goals and five assists. She was recently named to the Northern Sun Academic Team in Fall 2020.
Gusts in all regions
Four Gustavus Adolphus baseball players have been named to the All-Midwest Region team by D3baseball.com.
Outfielder Bryce Novak was selected to the first team, first baseman Jack Hanson and relief pitcher Damon Rademacher were selected to the second team, and Weston Lombard was selected to the third team.
The regional awards are the first for Gustavus baseball since 2007.
Novak, the MIAC Player of the Year, led the team with a .470 batting average with 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs. Novak’s .470 batting average is the sixth highest in program history. Novak set the conference record for single-season hits with 41.
Hanson was second on the team and fourth in the league with a .409 batting average, and he led the team with seven home runs and 33 RBIs.
Rademacher was the Gusties’ top reliever this season with a team record 17 relief appearances. He was 7-0 with a 1.74 ERA and three saves. He is tied for the program record with seven saves in his career.
Lombard was 7-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. He pitched three complete games, including a nine-inning no-hitter against Bethel on April 26. He set a program record with 72 strikeouts.
Bethany Lutheran junior Ross Beumer was named third team all-region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Beumer, an outfielder, started all 30 games, batting .352 with three home runs and 29 RBIs. He had a .471 on-base percentage and a .648 hitting percentage. He was 16 of 17 in stolen bases.
Beumer also received honors from all regions in 2019.
Bethany Lutheran’s sophomore, Max Busch, was named the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association’s All-District first-team varsity.
He is the first selection in the history of the Bethany Lutheran men’s soccer program. Busch is a business administration major with a 3.81 grade point average.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve with at least a 3.30 GPA.
Busch was one of two selections from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. His name will now be forwarded for Academic All-American consideration.
Phelps drops interim tag
MSU athletic director Kevin Buisman has announced that Corey Phelps will be the volleyball team’s next head coach.
Phelps, who served as the Mavericks’ interim coach in 2019, was St. Catherine’s head coach from 2010 to 2016.
He also played college volleyball at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.