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January 19, 2011

2011 Season - 2011 BASEBALL PREVIEW

Augustana returns 23 letter winners from a team that went 25-15 a year ago.

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 – 91-37 in seven 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: 1046-863-2 (.548)

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…381-177 (.683) in 13 years at Augustana…Overall collegiate record is 459-226-1 (.670) 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

2010 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings posted at least 25 wins for the 11th time in the last 12 years, finishing the 2010 season with a 25-15 record... Augustana finished sixth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (8-13) …Over the past 11 years, Augustana has compiled a record of 141-86 (.621) in the conference.

 

KEY LOSSES:

 

Matt Erickson (Marmion Academy, Channahon, Ill.), P...Fourth in career strikeouts (196) at Augustana... 225.1 career innings pitched ranked fifth in school history...Tied for 6th in career wins with 19... 2010: 2-3 win a 4.06 ERA...Led the team with eight starts, 44.1 innings pitched and 35 strikeouts...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).

 

Nick Kujawa (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.), 1B...2010: Hit .292 with one home run and 25 RBI.

 

Kevin Kulig (Benet Academy, Lemont, Ill.), P...2010: 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 13 appearances...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 Pagano (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), P…Finished 10th on Augustana’s career innings pitched list with 184...2010: 3-0 with a 5.73 ERA in seven appearances...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.

 

Tyler Wilson (Valparaiso HS, Valparaiso, Ind.), DH...2010: Hit .319 with one home run and 21 RBI.

 

 

KEY RETURNEES:

 

Mike Barker (Centennial, Colo. Grandview HS, Marina del Rey, Calif.), Junior, OF...2010: Hit .343 with one homer and 26 RBI...2009: Hit .232 with 11 RBI.

 

Joe Cecchi (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.), Sophomore, IF...2010: Hit .326 with one home run and 20 RBI...Led team with eight sacrifices.

 

Vince Frede (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.), Senior, P...2010: 1-2 with one save and a 5.28 ERA...Tied for the team lead with 15 appearances...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.

 

Ben Heaton (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Heyworth, Ill.), Sophomore, P...2010: Tied for the team lead in wins...4-0 with a 2.22 ERA in six appearances...Made four starts.

 

Dave Hoffman (Cary-Grove HS, Fox River Grove, Ill.), Senior, IF...Sixth in career batting average at Augustana (.379)...Tied for 7th in career doubles (34)...Ninth in career hits (166)...2010: 1st team All-CCIW & All-Region... Led team in batting (.424—ninth-best in school history), RBI (37), games (40), starts (40), at-bats (170), hits (72—fourth-best in school history), doubles (15—tied for seventh-best in school history), total bases (96), slugging (.565), on-base percentage (.472) and sacrifice flies (six)...Tied for the team lead with three home runs... 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...2008: Hit .333 with three home runs and 22 RBI.

 

Raymond Homolka (Glenbard West HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Senior, P...2010: 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in nine appearances...Made three starts...2009: Two appearances...Six innings pitched...two hits and no earned runs allowed.

  

Mike Lamb (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, Ill.), Junior, OF...2010: Hit .225 with 23 RBI...Tied for the team lead with three home runs...Perfect in seven stolen base attempts...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.

 

Josiah Martin (Canton HS, Canton, Ill.), Junior, P...2010: Tied for the team lead in wins...4-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 13 appearances...Made four starts...Second on the team with 40.1 innings pitched...Third in strikeouts with 26...2009: 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA...Second on the team with 12 appearances.

 

Jared McIntosh (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa), Sophomore, P-OF...2010: Hit .317 with two homers and 17 RBI... Led team with four triples (tied for ninth in school history)...Second on the team in slugging at .529...Hit .388 with 14 RBI and a slugging percentage of .638 over the last 19 games...Went 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA in seven pitching appearances...Tied for second on the team with six pitching starts.

 

T.J. O’Donnell (New Trier HS, Northbrook, Ill.), Senior, C...2010: Hit .215 with one home run and 14 RBI...Had a .425 on-base percentage...Was hit by pitch 15 times in 30 games (11th in the nation)...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%).

 

John Peters (Alleman Catholic HS, Milan, Ill.), Junior, P...2010: 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA in eight appearances...Made three starts.

 

Kurt Schmidt (Grayslake Central HS, Grayslake, Ill.), Sophomore, SS...2010: 2nd team All-CCIW—the only freshman position player on either the first or second team...Played in all 40 contests, starting 39... Led team with 45 runs scored and ranked second in batting average (.364), triples (two-tied), on-base percentage (.433) and total bases (76)... Third on the team in home runs (two), RBI (29) and stolen bases (five)...Finished the season with 12 consecutive errorless games.

 

Kevin Serna (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Hights, Ill.), Junior, OF...2010: Team’s third-leading hitter at .352...Second on the team in RBI (32) and tied for second in runs scored (39)...Led the team with nine stolen bases in as many attempts...2009: Hit .176 (3-17) with three RBI.

 

Mike Trotta (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), Junior, P...2010: 2-1 with one save and a 5.50 ERA in 11 appearances...Tied for second on the team with six starts...Second on the team with 28 strikeous...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.

 

Joe Ufheil (Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.), Junior, P...2010: 10th in the nation with seven saves...1-2 with a 4.96 ERA...Allowed a .238 opponents’ batting average.

 

2010 STARTERS RETURNING: Eight position players and six pitchers

2010 STARTERS LOST: One position player and two pitchers

2010 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 23

2010 LETTERWINNERS LOST: 8

 

2010 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES

ALL-CCIW: First Team – Dave Hoffman, IF...Second Team – Kurt Schmidt, IF

RAWLINGS/ABCA ALL-REGION: First Team – Dave Hoffman, 2B

AUGUSTANA’S CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Sacrifice Bunts – 17; Opponents Batting Average - .294; Fewest Hits Allowed – 216; Fewest Triples Allowed – 1.

 

ADDITIONS TO TOP TEN LISTS:

Career

Batting Average – .379, Dave Hoffman, 6th

Hits – 166, Dave Hoffman, 9th

Doubles – 34, Dave Hoffman, 7th-T

Wins – 19, Matt Erickson, 6th-T

Innings Pitched – 225 2/3, Matt Erickson, 5th...184, Mike Pagano, 10th

Strikeouts – 196, Matt Erickson, 4th

 

Single Season

Batting Average – .424, Dave Hoffman, 9th

Hits –  72, Dave Hoffman, 4th

Doubles – 15, Dave Hoffman, 7th-T

Triples – 4, Jared McIntosh, 9th-T