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December 22, 2009

2010 Season - 2010 BASEBALL PREVIEW

2010 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 – 82-29 in six 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: 1021-848-2 (.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 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 - 1988…356-162 (.687) in 12 years at Augustana…Overall collegiate record is 434-211-1 (.673) 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, Jorge Acosta, Michael Meyers

TEAM INFORMATION
2009 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings posted their 12th consecutive 20 victory season, finishing the 2009 season with a 23-17 record... Augustana finished fourth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in both the regular season (10-10) and conference tournament …Over the past 10 years, Augustana has compiled a record of 133-73 (.646) in the conference.

KEY LOSSES:

Kevin Dencker (Cary-Grove HS, Fox River Grove, Ill.), P…2009: 2-0 with a 2.88 ERA...Walked just seven while fanning 22 in 25 innings...2008: 2-1 with three saves and a 4.54 ERA…Led team in appearances with 22…Tied for the team lead in saves…Issued only six base on balls in 35 2/3 innings.

Don Hansen (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), OF...2009: Hit .297 with two home runs and 19 RBI...Slugging percentage of .514...Fielded 35 chances flawlessly...2008: .311 with four home runs and 37 RBI …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)… Led the team with a .446 average in 2006, fourth best mark in school history... Augustana career leader in base on balls (103)…Also fourth in career stolen bases (49), 3rd in runs scored (148), sixth in at-bats (525), sixth in hits (182), ninth in doubles (32) and tied for sixth in RBI (114).

Aaron Hopson (Rockford Boylan HS, Rockford, Ill.), 3B...2009: Hit .265 with five home runs (tied for the team lead) and 29 RBI...2008: .341 with seven home runs and 37 RBI …Second on the team in home runs and slugging (.659).

Eric Izzo (Lockport HS, Lockport, Ill.), 1B...2009: 2nd team All-CCIW...Hit .319 with three home runs and 25 RBI...Tied for the team lead in runs scored with 36...Second on the team with 12 doubles... Slugged .489...2008: .364 with four home runs and 37 RBI…Third on the team in batting average…First team All-CCIW…Second team all-region…Third team academic all-district.

Myles Kurnick (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.), OF... 2009: 2nd team All-CCIW...Hit .317 with one home run and 16 RBI... Tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases.

Mark Ramos (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), SS...2009: Led team in batting (.378), runs (tied with 36), triples (five), RBI (41), total bases (85) and slugging (.574)...Third in home runs (four) and hits (56)...2008: .359 with five home runs and 38 RBI…1st team All-CCIW…2nd 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)...Augustana career record-holder in triples with 13...Also fourth in career at-bats (593), hits (212) and runs scored (142)...Also sixth in career RBI (114) and ninth in stolen bases (37).

Kevin Schuetz (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), OF...2009: Hit .350 with two home runs and 17 RBI...Tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases and was not caught.

John Vezzetti (LaSalle-Peru HS, Peru, Ill.), C…2009: Hit .256 with no home runs and 20 RBI...2008: .306 with two home runs and 19 RBI…Augustana’s 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 base stealers (32%)…Second on the team with a .394 batting average in CCIW play.

John Wagle (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.), 3B…2009: 1st team All-CCIW...Led CCIW in at-bats and plate appearances...Hit .330 with three home runs and 33 RBI...Tied for team lead with 58 hits...Perfect in nine stolen base attempts...2nd team academic all-district...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)…Set Augustana single season records for home runs and RBI (tied with Bryan Phillips)… Second team academic all-district …Augustana career leader in RBI (145)...Also second in career hits with 243,  third in at-bats (673), fifth in runs scored (142), third in doubles (43), second in triples (12), fifth in home runs (17) and eighth in stolen bases (38).

KEY RETURNEES:

Matt Erickson (Marmion Academy, Channahon, Ill.), Senior, P, 2009: 4-4 with a 6.48 ERA...Led team in starts (11), innings pitched (66 2/3) and strikeouts (57)...2008: 6-2 with a 3.72 ERA…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 team lead with 58 strikeouts…Enters his senior season 17-7 with an ERA of 4.57...Currently fourth on the school’s career strikeout list with 162...Also 10th in wins (17) and innings pitched (181 1/3).

Vince Frede (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.), Junior, P...2009: 1-1 record with an ERA of 0.46...Split six games evenly between starts and relief appearances...One complete game and one save...2008: 4-1 with three saves and a 3.78 ERA… Co-Most Outstanding Pitcher for Augustana…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...Enters his junior season 5-2 with four saves, a 1.98 ERA and a .222 opponents’ batting average in his career.

Dave Hoffman (Cary-Grove HS, Fox River Grove, Ill.), Junior, IF...2009: 1st team All-CCIW...Hit .363 with two home runs and 31 RBI...Tied for team lead with 58 hits...Led team with 13 doubles...Tied for second on the team with 79 total bases...Third in runs scored with 34.

Kevin Kulig (Benet Academy, Lemont, Ill.), Senior, P...2009: 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in a team-high 15 appearances, all in relief...Had one save...Fanned 29 and walked just seven in 29 2/3 innings.

Mike Lamb (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, Ill.), Junior, OF...2009: Hit .375 with one home run and 16 RBI...Slugged .554 and was perfect in five stolen base attempts...Fielded 33 chances without an error.

Grant Loiselle (Bloomington Central Catholic, Normal, Ill.), Junior, P...2009: 3-0 with a 4.10 ERA in nine appearances...Team-high three complete games in five starts...Fanned 42 and allowed just 24 hits in 37 1/3 innings for an opponents’ batting average of .182.

Josiah Martin (Canton HS, Canton, Ill.), Sophomore, P...2009: 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA...Second on the team with 12 appearances.

Joe Moran (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), Sophomore, IF...2009: Hit .392 with 20 hits in 51 at-bats...scored 17 runs and drove in nine.

T.J. O’Donnell (New Trier HS, Northbrook, Ill.), Junior, C...2009: Tied for the team lead in home runs with five in just 71 at-bats...Hit .310 with 25 RBI and a .592 slugging percentage...Threw out three of seven potential base stealers (43%).

Mike Pagano (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), Senior, P…2009: 5-2 with an ERA of 4.33 in 10 appearances...Led team in wins...Struck out 30 in 35 1/3 innings...Second on the team with seven starts...2008: 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA…Led team in innings pitched with 69 1/3 and shutouts with two…Tied for the team lead with 58 strikeouts and 12 starts.

Mike Trotta (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), Sophomore, P-IF...2009: 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA as a freshman...Second on the team with 41 1/3 innings pitched...Third on the team with six starts...Completed one game...Allowed a .267 opponents’ batting average.

2008 STARTERS RETURNING: Two position players and five pitchers
2008 STARTERS LOST: Seven position players and two pitchers
2008 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 16
2008 LETTERWINNERS LOST: 9

2009 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES
ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: John Wagle, DH, Second Team.
ALL-CCIW: First Team – Dave Hoffman, IF; John Wagle, DH…Second Team – Myles Kurnick, OF; Eric Izzo, IF.
AUGUSTANA INDIVIDUAL CAREER RECORDS: Most Triples – 13, Mark Ramos…breaks previous record of 11 set by Mike Gray (1984-87)…Most Runs Batted In – 154, John Wagle…breaks previous record of 142 set by Bryan Phillips (2003-06)…Most Walks – 103, Don Hansen…breaks previous record of 94 set by Jason Fosdick (1997-00).
AUGUSTANA’S CCIW INDIVIDUAL SATISTICAL LEADERS: Most At Bats – 94, John Wagle; Total Plate Appearances – 101, John Wagle;
AUGUSTANA’S CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Most At Bats – 737; Total Plate Appearances – 857; Total Bases – 334; Most Doubles – 51; Most Runs Batted In – 159; Most Hits – 237; Most Runs Scored – 172; Batting Average - .322

ADDITIONS TO TOP TEN LISTS:
Career
At Bats – 653, John Wagle, 3rd…593, Mark Ramos, 4th…525, Don Hansen 6 th
Runs Scored – 148, Don Hansen, 3rd…147, Mark Ramos, 4th, 142, John Wagle, 5th
Hits – 243, John Wagle, 2nd…212, Mark Ramos, 4th…182, Don Hansen, 6th
Doubles – 43, John Wagle, 3rd…32, Don Hansen, 9th
Triples – 13, Mark Ramos, 1st…12, John Wagle, 2nd
Home Runs – 17, John Wagle, 5th
Runs Batted In – 154, John Wagle, 1st…114, Mark Ramos and Don Hansen, 6th
Base-on-Balls – 103, Don Hansen, 1st
Stolen Bases – 49, Don Hansen, 4th…38, John Wagle, 8th…37, Mark Ramos, 9 th
Innings Pitched – 181 1/3, Matt Erickson, 10th
Strikeouts – 162, Matt Erickson, 4th
Wins – 17, Matt Erickson, 10th
Single Season
At Bats – 176, John Wagle, 10th
Triples – 5, Mark Ramos, 3rd (tie)