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December 30, 2011

2012 Season - 2012 BASEBALL SEASON PREVIEW

Junior Jared McIntosh was a first team all-conference performer a year ago and was named Augustana's Most Valuable Pitcher.

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 – 104-41 in eight 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: 1074-875-2 (.551)
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…409-189 (.684) in 14 years at Augustana…Overall collegiate record is 487-238-1 (.671) 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, Michael Meyers

TEAM INFORMATION
2011 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings posted at least 25 wins for the 12th time in the last 13 years, finishing the 2011 season with a 28-12 record... Augustana finished fifth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (12-9) …Over the past 12 years, Augustana has compiled a record of 153-95 (.617) in the conference.

KEY LOSSES:

Vince Frede (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.), P...2011: Second on the team with 13 appearances, all in relief, and three saves...Compiled a 3.65 ERA... 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.

Dave Hoffman (Cary-Grove HS, Fox River Grove, Ill.), IF...Third in career at-bats at Augustana (594)...Fourth in career hits (217), doubles (42) and RBI (130)...Fifth in career walks (97)...Eighth in career runs (135)...Tenth in career batting average (.365)... 2011: Vikings’ Most Outstanding Defensive Player...Hit .327...Led the Vikings with four homers, 40 RBI and .429 on-base percentage...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.), P...2011: Made eight appearances with four starts...Finished 1-3 with a 4.34 ERA...Fired a complete-game one-hitter vs. Wartburg...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... 2011: Hit .226 with one home run and 22 RBI...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.

T.J. O’Donnell (New Trier HS, Northbrook, Ill.), C... 2011: Won Augustana’s Leadership Award...Hit .287 with one home run and 26 RBI...Led CCIW with six sacrifice flies...Threw out 11 of 22 would-be base stealers (50%)...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.), P...Signed professional contract with Washington Nationals organization... 2011: Went 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA... Tied for second on the club in wins...Made 12 appearances...Completed two of five starts with one shutout... 2010: 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA in eight appearances...Made three starts.

Pat Wilson (Stevenson HS, Vernon Hills, Ill.), 1B...2011: Augustana’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player...2nd team All-CCIW... Led CCIW in hits...Led Vikings in batting (.386), hits (66), at-bats (171), total bases (79) and doubles (tied with 11)...Second on the team with 39 RBI.

KEY RETURNEES:

Joe Cecchi (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.), Junior, IF... 2011: Hit .425 with 17 hits in 40 at-bats...Had .529 on-base percentage...Scored 11 runs and drove in seven...Started, went five innings and picked up a win in his only pitching appearance (1.80 ERA)... 2010: Hit .326 with one home run and 20 RBI...Led team with eight sacrifices.

Ben Heaton (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Heyworth, Ill.), Junior, P... 2011: Made seven starts in nine appearances...Went 4-2 with a 5.66 ERA...Tied for second on the club in wins...Tied for team lead with two complete games...2010: Tied for the team lead in wins...4-0 with a 2.22 ERA in six appearances...Made four starts.

Jeremy Juhl (Glenbard East HS, Lombard, Ill.), Junior, IF... 2011: 2nd team All-CCIW...Second on the team with a .370 batting average...Tied for second with 32 runs scores...one home run and 17 RBI...Perfect in five stolen base attempts...2010: Hit .308 with 12 hits in 39 at-bats...Perfect in three stolen base attempts.

Brian Konecke (Lakes Community HS, Itasca, Ill.), Sophomore, P... 2011: Made eight appearances with three starts...Finished 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA.

Josiah Martin (Canton HS, Canton, Ill.), Senior, P... 2011: Vikings’ closer...Team-high 19 appearances, all in relief...Went 3-1 with a team-high five saves and a 2.10 ERA...Held opponents to a .204 batting average...Led CCIW in saves (four)... appearances & relief appearances (10) and games finished (seven)... 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), Junior, P-OF... 2011: First team All-CCIW...Augustana’s co-Most Outstanding Pitcher...4-0 with a 2.68 ERA...Tied for second on the club in wins...Held opponents to a .190 batting average...Led CCIW in opponents’ batting average (.160)...Hit .283 with three homers and 28 RBI...Second on the team with three triples and a .487 slugging percentage...Third on the club in RBI...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.

Kurt Schmidt (Grayslake Central HS, Grayslake, Ill.), Junior, IF... 2011: Hit .336 with one home run and 20 RBI...Led the Vikings in runs (39), triples (four), slugging (.492) and stolen bases (12)... Triples total tied for ninth-best in school history...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 Heights, Ill.), Senior, OF... 2011: Hit .267 with one home run and 10 RBI...second on the team with seven stolen bases...Perfect in 57 fielding chances...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.), Senior, P... 2011: Augustana’s co-Most Outstanding Pitcher...Led team with six wins, nine starts, 61 innings pitched and 40 strikeouts...Finished 6-2 with a 4.13 ERA...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 strikeouts...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.

2011 STARTERS RETURNING: Five position players and three pitchers
2011 STARTERS LOST: Four position players and two pitchers
2011 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 16
2011 LETTERWINNERS LOST: 10

2011 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES
ALL-CCIW: First Team – Jared McIntosh, P; Second Team – Jeremy Juhl, IF; Pat Wilson, IF.
AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Pat Wilson.
AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Dave Hoffman.
AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Jared McIntosh & Mike Trotta.
AUGUSTANA’S CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Hits – 34, Pat Wilson; Triples – 3, Kurt Schmidt; Walks – 18, Dave Hoffman; Sacrifice Flies – 6, T.J. O’Donnell; Opposing Batting Average – .160, Jared McIntosh; Saves – 4, Josiah Martin; Appearances – 10, Josiah Martin; Games Finished – 7, Josiah Martin; Relief Appearances – 10, Josiah Martin.
AUGUSTANA’S CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Caught Stealing By – 10.
 
ADDITIONS TO TOP TEN LISTS
Career
Batting Average – .365, Dave Hoffman, 10th
At-Bats – 594, Dave Hoffman, 3rd
Runs – 135, Dave Hoffman, 8th
Hits – 217, Dave Hoffman, 4th
Doubles – 42, Dave Hoffman, 4th
Runs Batted In – 130, Dave Hoffman, 4th
Walks – 97, Dave Hoffman, 5th

Single Season
Triples – 4, Kurt Schmidt, 9th-T