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April 1, 2006

2006 BASEBALL REVIEW

2006 BASEBALL REVIEW

 

Bryan Phillips earns NCAA Division III All-America honors after setting school and career record in RBI; Vikings go 31-10 for fifth 30 victory season in last eight years; Augustana finishes year ranked 22nd in nation

 

An offense that batted a robust .353 and a pitching staff with a cumulative earned run average of 3.36 combined to make the 2006 Augustana baseball season a rousing success. Veteran head coach Greg Wallace, completing his ninth season at the helm of his alma mater, led the Vikings to a 31-10 overall record and a 15-6 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. That was good for a second place finish in the league standings. The Blue and Gold also ended the year ranked 22nd in the final NCAA Division III national poll.

 

Senior third baseman Bryan Phillips (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.) was one of the catalysts to an offense that averaged a stunning 8.1 runs per game. He was the ultimate run producer, setting a new school record for runs-batted-in during a single season with 60, taking down the old mark of 58 set by Mike Kane in 2003. Like Kane, Phillips was rewarded for his offensive prowess by being named to the NCAA Division III All-America team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

 

He batted .420 with 63 hits in 150 at-bats while scoring 41 runs, clubbing 16 doubles, one triple and five home runs along with those 60 RBI. He managed to walk nine times and stole four bases. Along with the school record for single season RBI, he also set a new career mark with 142, breaking Jason Fosdick’s record of 139 set from 1997-00. He finished the year ranked fourth in NCAA Division III in RBI with an average of 1.54 per game.

 

While Phillips was the top run producer, he was not the only weapon in the Augustana arsenal as no fewer than seven Vikings batted better than .343. Freshman designated hitter Don Hansen (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) led the team in average with a mark of .446 with 50 hits in 112 at-bats while scoring 34 runs with seven doubles, two triples, 19 RBI, 23 base-on-balls and nine steals. Also cracking the .400 mark was senior centerfielder Jake Vroman (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.) with a .407 average. Vroman had 66 hits in 162 at-bats while scoring 46 runs. He had seven doubles, four triples, seven walks and 14 stolen bases.

 

Junior leftfielder Chris Pietroski (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, Ill.) at .383, freshman first baseman Kevin Ryan (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) at .379, freshman second baseman John Wagle (Rock Island HS, Rock Island, Ill.) at .350 and freshman shortstop Mark Ramos (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) at .343 all contributed greatly to the offense.

 

While the Vikings were scoring runs with ease (they had 16 games where they broke double digits), the pitching staff was led by the one-two punch of senior Andrew Setter (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) and junior Kevin Kuntz (Streator HS, Streator, Ill.). Setter went 9-1 with a 1.54 earned run average in 81 2/3 innings worth of work. He struck out 73 and also picked up three saves. Kuntz was 7-2 with a 1.39 earned run average in 58 1/3 innings with 43 strikeouts and four complete games. Opponents batted just .189 (40-212) against him. Kuntz finished sixth and Setter 11th in the final NCAA Division III statistical ranking in earned run average.

 

Augustana was ranked in the top 20 of NCAA Division III most of the season before ending up 22nd. After starting the season 14-2 overall, the Vikings went through a stretch in early April where they lost five of seven games to fall to 16-7. That was heading into an Easter weekend series with North Park and Augustana swept the Chicago Vikings and promptly won 14 of the next 15 games.

 

Wallace’s crew was 31-9 heading into the CCIW tournament on the weekend of May 11-13 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rain forced the postponement of the first two days and made the tournament a single elimination affair. Augustana dropped a 4-1 decision to Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, May 13 and failed to gain an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III national tournament.

 

Still, it was a tremendous season as the record of 31-10 is the fourth highest victory total ever produced at Augustana. Over the past two years the Vikings have gone 64-21 and the seniors on this year’s team were 117-51 overall and 53-31 in CCIW action.

 

Eight Augustana players were rewarded with all-conference recognition at the end of the year. Setter was named the co-“Pitcher of the Year” in the CCIW after posting a 6-0 record in league play with a 1.13 ERA in 48 1/3 innings.

Joining Setter on the first team were Kuntz, Vroman, Phillips, Ryan and Hansen. Pitcher Brandon Engle (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) and Pietroski were tabbed for second team honors.

 

Phillips, Vroman and Setter were first team all-Central Region selections by the American Baseball Coaches Association while Kuntz was a second team pick and Hansen made the third team.

 

Wallace, who has been at the helm for each of the five 30 victory seasons in Augustana history, is now 264-118 overall with the Vikings and 112-73 in the CCIW since he took over in 1998. Counting his four year stint as the head coach at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland from 1992-95, Wallace has an overall college coaching record of 342-167.

 

2006 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FINAL STANDINGS

 

TEAM

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

Carthage

19

2

.905

34

9

.791

AUGUSTANA

15

6

.714

31

10

.756

Illinois Wesleyan

14

7

.667

28

14

.667

North Park

8

13

.381

14

27

.341

Millikin

8

13

.381

18

22

.450

Wheaton

8

13

.381

13

24

.351

North Central

7

14

.333

13

26

.333

Elmhurst

5

16

.238

14

23 (1 tie)

.382

 

2006 CCIW BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

May 13-14 in Kenosha, Wisconsin

 

Saturday, May 13

Carthage 10, North Park 1

Illinois Wesleyan 4, Augustana 1

 

Sunday, May 14

Carthage 6, Illinois Wesleyan 4

 

NOTE: Because of rain the CCIW tournament was shortened from double to single elimination.

 

2006 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICAN: Bryan Phillips, 3B (third team as selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association)

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-CENTRAL REGION: First team – Bryan Phillips, 3B…Jake Vroman, CF…Andrew Setter, P. Second team – Kevin Kuntz, P…Third team – Don Hansen, DH (selected by American Baseball Coaches Association)

CCIW “PITCHER OF THE YEAR”: Andrew Setter (co-winner along with Scott Evosevich of Carthage)

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: First team – Andrew Setter, P…Kevin Kuntz, P…Jake Vroman, CF…Bryan Phillips, 3B…Kevin Ryan, 1B…Don Hansen, 1B…Second team – Chris Pietroski, LF…Brandon Engle, P.

30 VICTORY MARK: Team was 31-10 as Vikings went over 30 wins for just the fifth 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: Jake Vroman, CF

AUGUSTANA’S MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Bryan Phillips, 3B

AUGUSTANA’S MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Andrew Setter, P

AUGUSTANA’S MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (S): Jim Wignall, C and Adam Cosentino, C

CCIW BATTER OF THE WEEK: Bryan Phillips on 04/04/06

CCIW PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Kuntz on 03/07/06 and Andrew Setter on 03/28/06

AUGUSTANA SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD – MOST RBI: 60, Bryan Phillips – breaks old record of 58 by Mike Kane in 2003

AUGUSTANA CAREER SCHOOL RECORD – MOST RBI: 142, Bryan Phillips – breaks old record of 139 by Jason Fosdick (1997-00)

CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADER – EARNED RUN AVERAGE: 2.81, Augustana

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADER – EARNED RUN AVERAGE: 1.04, Kevin Kuntz

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADER – RBI: 31, Bryan Phillips

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADER – DOUBLES: 8, Bryan Phillips

CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADER – TRIPLES: 3, Jake Vroman

NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL RANKING – RBI: 4thBryan Phillips at 1.54 per game

NCAA DIVISION III STATISTICAL RANKING – ERA: 6th – Kevin Kuntz at 1.39