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January 8, 2009

2009 Season - 2009 BASEBALL PREVIEW

2009 AUGUSTANA COLLEGE BASEBALL

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

NAME: Augustana College

CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201

FOUNDED: 1860

NICKNAME: Vikings

SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold

HOME STADIUM: Brunner Field at Swanson Stadium (Opened in 2004 – 71-23 in five seasons)

ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)

PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski

ATHLETIC FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Dr. Craig VanSandt

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

 

BASEBALL HISTORY

FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1912 with no baseball between 1931-37 and 1943-45.

TOTAL OVERALL RECORD: 998-831-2 (.546)

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONS: 1952 - 1965 - 1968 - 1974

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN SOUTH DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 1989 - 1996

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: 1999

NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: Three (1999 - 2007 - 2008)

 

SPORTS INFORMATION

SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath

SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265

DAVE WRATH'S HOME PHONE: (309) 762-5621

DAVE WRATH'S CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306

SID FAX: (309) 794-7525

E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu

AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu

SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

 

COACHING STAFF

HEAD COACH: Greg Wallace, Augustana - 1998…333-145 (.697) in 11 years at Augustana…Overall collegiate record is 411-194-1 (.679) which includes a four year stint at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland where he compiled a 78-49-1 record.

WALLACE'S OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7252

WALLACE'S HOME PHONE: (309) 756-0165

ASSISTANT COACHES: Tim McChesney, John Furlong, Cal Peters, Jorge Acosta, Alex Veloz, John Matlick and Bryan Phillips

 

TEAM INFORMATION

2008 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings posted their seventh 30 win season since 1999 (fourth in a row) and 11th consecutive 20 victory season, finishing the 2008 season with a 34-13 record and ranked 24th in the final D3Baseball.com poll…Augustana reached the NCAA tournament for the second straight year and third time overall…Brunner Field at Swanson Stadium was host to an NCAA regional and the Vikings went 2-2, finishing third…Augustana placed third in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in both the regular season and conference tournament…Over the past nine years, Augustana has compiled a record of 123-63 in the conference.

 

KEY LOSSES:

Marc Blakeley (Adam Friendship HS, Richalnd Center, Wis.), OF….389 with four home runs and 41 RBI in 2008…2008 co-captain…2007 ABCA first team All-American…Led the nation with 90 hits in 2007…Two-time first team all-region…Two-time first team all-conference…Augustana career leader in at-bats (671), runs (206), hits (258) and stolen bases (78)…Single season record holder in hits (90), runs (60) and stolen bases (26).

 

Brandon Engle (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), P…4-5 with a 5.60 ERA in 20082008 co-captain…21-13 with a 3.86 ERA in his career…Fourth on Augustana’s career innings list (231), fifth in wins (21) and sixth in strikeouts (152)…Second team All-CCIW in 2006.

 

Eric Knott (Marian Central Catholic HS, Huntley, Ill.), P…6-2 with a 6.09 ERA in 2008…2008 co-captain…Tied for the team lead in wins in 2007 & 2008…Led team in strikeouts (64) in 2007…2007 second team All-CCIW…Career 13-7 record with a 4.66 ERA.

 

KEY RETURNEES:

John Wagle (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), Senior, 3B…2008 Augustana Most Outstanding Offensive Player…D3Baseball.com third team All-American…Two-time first team All-CCIW…First team all-region…Led team in hitting (.419), slugging (.723), on-base percentage (.481), home runs (11), RBI (60) and doubles (15)…Augustana single season record holder for home runs and RBI (tied with Bryan Phillips)…Second team academic all-district…Enters his senior year third on the school’s career hits list with 185…Also fourth in  career batting average (.388) and RBI (121), second in triples (10), tied for fifth in doubles (35) and tied for ninth in home runs (14).

 

Eric Izzo (Lockport HS, Lockport, Ill.), Junior, 1B….364 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 2008…Third on the team in batting average…First team All-CCIW…Second team all-region…Third team academic all-district.

 

Mark Ramos (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), Senior, SS….359 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 2008…First team All-CCIW…Second team all-region…Augustana single season record holder with seven triples…Second on the team with 108 total bases and 16 stolen bases…Third in home runs, RBI and slugging (.587).

 

John Vezzetti (LaSalle-Peru HS, Peru, Ill.), Senior, C….306 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 2008…Augustana’s 2008 Most Outstanding Defensive Player…Second team All-CCIW…Led CCIW catchers in fielding (.991)…Second among CCIW catchers in fewest passed balls (two) and throwing out potential bas stealers (32%)…Second on the team with a .394 batting average in CCIW play.

 

Don Hansen (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), Senior, OF….311 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 2008…Second team All-CCIW…First team All-CCIW in 2006 & 2007…Tied for school’s single season stolen base record (26)…Owns top two single season walk totals in school history (39 & 34)…Already the school’s career leader in base on balls…Led the team with a .446 average in 2006, fourth best mark in school history…Career .355 hitter with 10 home runs, 95 RBI and 46 stolen bases.

 

Aaron Hopson (Rockford Boylan HS, Rockford, Ill.), Junior, OF….341 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 2008…Second on the team in home runs and slugging (.659).

 

Matt Erickson (Marmion Academy, Channahon, Ill.), Junior, P…6-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 2008…Co-Most Outstanding Pitcher for Augustana in 2008…Led team in ERA and tied for the team lead in wins in each of his first two seasons…Tied for the 2008 team lead with 58 strikeouts…Now 13-3 with a 3.45 ERA for his career.

 

Mike Pagano (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), Junior, P…4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 2008…Led team in innings pitched with 69 1/3 and shutouts with two…Tied for the team lead with 58 strikeouts and 12 starts.

 

Vince Frede (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.), Sophomore, P…4-1 with three saves and a 3.78 ERA in 2008… Co-Most Outstanding Pitcher for Augustana in 2008…Tied for the team lead in saves…allowed just 12 hits while fanning 19 in 16 2/3 innings…Opponents hit just .203 against him and only .150 in conference play.

 

Kevin Dencker (Cary-Grove HS, Fox River Grove, Ill.), Senior, P…2-1 with three saves and a 4.54 ERA in 2008…Led team in appearances with 22…Tied for the team lead in saves…Issued only six base on balls in 35 2/3 innings.

 

Adam Doyle (Wheat Ridge HS, Golden, Colo.), Sophomore, P…4-0 with a 6.14 ERA in 2008…Split time as a starter and reliever as a freshman…One of his four starts yielded a complete game shutout against Elmhurst.

 

2009 NCAA DIVISION III PRE-SEASON RANKING: xxx

2009 NCAA DIVISION III PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN: xxx

 

2008 STARTERS RETURNING: Nine position players and two pitchers

2008 STARTERS LOST: One position player and two pitchers

2008 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 22

2008 LETTERWINNERS LOST: Three

 

2008 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN: John Wagle, 3B, D3Baseball.com Third Team.

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-CENTRAL REGION: John Wagle, 3B; Marc Blakeley, OF, ABCA/Rawlings First Team…Eric Izzo, UT; Mark Ramos, SS, ABCA/Rawlings Second Team.

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: First team – John Wagle, IF; Marc Blakeley, OF; Mark Ramos, IF; Eric Izzo, IF; Second Team – John Vezzetti, C; Don Hansen, OF

NCAA DIVISION III REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT: Marc Blakeley, OF.

ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: John Wagle, IF, Second Team; Eric Izzo, DH, Third Team.

ALL-CCIW: First Team -- Marc Blakeley, OF; John Wagle, IF; Mark Ramos, IF, Eric Izzo, UT…Second Team -- Don Hansen, OF; John Vezzetti, C.

AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: John Wagle

AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: John Vezzetti

AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Matt Erickson & Vince Frede

NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT: Augustana made its third NCAA tournament appearance…Hosted and finished third in the NCAA regional in Moline, Illinois.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL RANKING: 24th -- D3Baseball.com

NCAA CENTRAL REGION RANKING: 3rd

CCIW BATTER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Hopson, 3/11/08.

CCIW PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Engle, 3/11/08.

AUGUSTANA INDIVIDUAL SINGLE SEASON RECORDS: Most Home Runs -- 11, John Wagle…breaks previous record of 10 by Ernie Jack in 2001, Jake Meisenbach in 2005 and Marc Blakely in 2007; Most RBI -- 60, John Wagle…ties record by Bryan Phillips in 2006; Most Triples -- 7, Mark Ramos…breaks previous record of 6 by Chris Beard in 2003; Stolen Bases – 26, Marc Blakeley…ties record by Don Hansen in 2007.

AUGUSTANA INDIVIDUAL CAREER RECORDS: Most At-Bats -- 671, Marc Blakeley…breaks previous record of 550 by Jorge Acosta from 2002-05; Most Runs Scored -- 206, Mark Blakeley…breaks previous record of 153 by Kevin Iaquinto from 1999-2002; Most Hits -- 258, Marc Blakeley…breaks previous record of 222 by Scott Schmid from 1997-2000; Stolen Bases -- 78, Marc Blakeley…breaks previous record of 64 by Steve Lindmark from 1992-95.

AUGUSTANA TEAM SINGLE SEASON RECORDS:  Most Runs Scored -- 432…breaks previous record of 424 in 2000; Most Hits -- 564…breaks previous record of 562 in 2007; Most Doubles -- 113…breaks previous record of 100 in 2005; Most Triples -- 22…breaks previous record of 15 in 2000 and 2005; Most Home Runs -- 49…breaks previous record of 37 in 2005; Most Runs Batted In -- 383…breaks previous record of 368 in 2000.

CCIW INDIVIDUAL SATISTICAL LEADERS: Most Triples -- 3, Mark Ramos; Sacrifice Bunts -- 6, Dave Hoffman; Sacrifice Flies -- 4 (tied), Marc Blakeley; Appearances -- 10 (tied), Kevin Dencker; Relief Appearances -- 10, Kevin Dencker; Assists -- 70, Mark Ramos.

CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Slugging Percentage -- .561; Home Runs -- 28; Total Bases -- 411; Sacrifice Bunts -- 25; Fielding Percentage -- .959; Double Plays -- 21.

NCAA DIVISION III INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: Runs -- 59, Marc Blakeley, tied for 15th…Hits -- 80, John Wagle, tied for 9th; 75, Marc Blakeley, tied for 21st…Triples -- 7, Mark Ramos, tied for 8th…RBI -- 60, John Wagle, tied for 18th…Total Bases -- 138, John Wagle, 8th…Base on Balls -- 34, Don Hansen, tied for 26th.

NCAA DIVISION III TEAM RANKINGS: Batting Average -- .348, 18th…Runs Scored -- 432, 8th (tied)…Hits -- 564, 12th…Doubles -- 113, 8th (tied)…Triples -- 22, 14th (tied)…Home Runs -- 49, 16th (tied)…Slugging Percentage -- .535, 11th…Base on Balls -- 214, 9th (tied)…Sacrifice Bunts -- 44, 10th (tied)…Sacrifice Flies -- 27, 22nd (tied)…Double Plays -- 52, 2nd.