April 1, 2007
2007 BASEBALL REVIEW
2007 BASEBALL REVIEW
Marc Blakeley named first team All-America; 10 school records fall as Vikings go 35-14 and advance to within one game of College World Series; Augustana finishes season ranked 22nd in NCAA Division III and passes 30 win plateau for third straight year
Led by an All-American leadoff man who put up incredible offensive numbers and fueled by a solid defense and a gritty pitching staff, the Augustana Vikings continued its recent baseball success in 2007. Veteran head coach Greg Wallace finished his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater and it was a year filled with accomplishments and accolades from start to finish.
With 13 wins in their first 14 games the Vikings jumped out of the gate quickly and never looked back in compiling a superb 35-14 overall record. They reached the championship games of both the College Conference of
Indeed, this was a year that nobody wanted to see end and Wallace’s bunch never quit scratching and clawing. The Vikings battled back through the loser’s bracket in both the conference and regional tournament, a tough thing to do with a pitching staff that at times more closely resembled a M.A.S.H. unit than it did an integral part of a nationally ranked baseball team. The 35 victories are the second highest single season win total in school history and over the last three years Augustana has compiled a remarkable record of 99-35.
Junior centerfielder Marc Blakeley (
He earned first team NCAA Division III All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and second team honors from D3baseball.com. He was first team all-region and first team all-conference and his teammates voted him “Most Outstanding Offensive Player”. His 90 hits led all of NCAA Division III and four times he started games from his leadoff position with home runs.
With Blakeley leading the way, the Vikings were an offensive powerhouse, scoring in double digits a total of 15 times throughout the season and finishing the year with a team batting average of .337. Besides Blakeley, six others were over .300. Sophomore second baseman John Wagle (
Junior shortstop Mark Ramos (
Three pitchers shared the lead in the victory department with seven wins apiece. Junior Eric Knott (Marian Central Catholic HS,
The Vikings were 13-1 heading into the conference season and climbed as high as sixth in the NCAA Division III national ranking. Once the CCIW action started, however, Augustana struggled a bit and were 5-6 in league play after losing a double header to
In the CCIW tournament Wallace’s bunch lost to
Once again the loser’s bracket beckoned as a first round loss to Luther by a score of 3-1 dumped Augustana into the pitcher-eating portion of the double elimination tournament. The Vikings were up to the task, getting a superb outing from Knott in a 6-5 11-inning win over Illinois Wesleyan and then coming back from a 7-1 deficit to beat Webster 15-7. That eliminated both of those teams. On Friday night, May 18, Erickson was in complete command as he tossed a five hitter and beat number one seed Luther 6-1 to set up another championship game battle against
Blakeley, Hansen, Wagle and Meisenbach were first team all-conference selections while Ramos and Knott made the second team. While Blakeley garnered All-America honors, he and Meisebach were named to the all-region first team while Wagle and Hansen were picked to the second team.
Wallace finished his 10th season at Augustana and he now has a record of 299-132 overall and 125-81 in CCIW play at Augustana. His teams have won at least 20 games in all 10 years and have eclipsed the 30 victory mark in six of those seasons.
2007 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF
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2007 CCIW BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
May 10-12 at Jack Horenberger Field in
Thursday, May 10
Friday, May 11
Augustana 7, Illinois Wesleyan 2 (Illinois Wesleyan eliminated)
Saturday, May 12
2007 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES
NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN: Marc Blakeley, CF (first team as selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association and second team as picked by D3baseball.com)
NCAA DIVISION III ALL-CENTRAL REGION: First team – Marc Blakeley, CF…Jake Meisenbach, C…Second team – John Wagle, 2B & Don Hansen, RF. (selected by American Baseball Coaches Association)
NCAA DIVISION III ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM IN CENTRAL REGIONAL: Marc Blakeley, CF, John Wagle, 2B, Mark Ramos, SS and Matt Erickson, P.
CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: First team – Marc Blakeley, CF…Don Hansen, RF…John Wagle, 2B…Jake Meisenbach, C…Second team – Mark Ramos, SS…Eric Knott, P.
CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Tyler Anderson, 1B…Eric Izzo, 3B…John Wagle, 2B
ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Second team – John Wagle
NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: Vikings finished second in NCAA Division III regional in
30 VICTORY MARK: Team was 35-14 as Vikings went over 30 wins for just the sixth time in school history.
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL RANKING: 22nd
NCAA DIVISION III REGIONAL RANKING: Third in Central Region
AUGUSTANA’S MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Mark Ramos, SS
AUGUSTANA’S MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Marc Blakeley, CF
AUGUSTANA’S MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Eric Knott, P
AUGUSTANA’S MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: John Wagle, 2B
AUGUSTANA’S TOP NEWCOMER: Eric Izzo, 3B & Matt Erickson, P
AUGUSTANA’S TEAM CAPTAINS FOR 2007: Brandon Engle, Chris Pietroski & Jake Meisenbach
CCIW BATTER OF THE WEEK: John Wagle on
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST RUNS: 60, Marc Blakeley – breaks old record of 58 by Dan Pedretti in 2000
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST HITS: 90, Marc Blakeley – breaks old record of 69 by Dan Pedretti in 2000
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST DOUBLES: 24, Jake Meisenbach – breaks old record of 21 by Jake Meisenbach in 2005
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST HOME RUNS: 10, Marc Blakeley – ties record of 10 by Jake Meisenbach in 2005 and Ernie Jack in 2001
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST STOLEN BASES: 26, Don Hansen – breaks old record of 22 by Steve Lindmark in 1995 and Scott Tumilty in 1996
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST AT-BATS: 201 by Jake Meisenbach and Marc Blakeley – breaks old record of 174 by Jake Meisenbach in 2005
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST INNINGS PITCHED: 97 1/3 by Eric Knott – breaks old record of 93 by Kevin Green in 2001
AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST HITS BY TEAM: 562 – breaks old record of 544 in 2000
AUGUSTANA CAREER SCHOOL RECORD – MOST DOUBLES: 45 by Jake Meisenbach – breaks old record of 37 by Mike Kane (2001-03)
CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADER – DOUBLES: 13, Jake Meisenbach
NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL LEADER – HITS: Marc Blakeley led the nation with 90 hits
NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL RANKING – SAVES: 4th – Kevin Schuetz with nine
NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL RANKING – DOUBLES: 12th – Jake Meisenbach at 0.49 per game
NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL RANKING – BATTING AVERAGE: 18th – Marc Blakeley at .448 (90-201)
NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL RANKING – HOME RUNS: 18th – Marc Blakeley with 10