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January 4, 2013

2013 BASEBALL PREVIEW

Grant Stewart was a first team all-conference selection in 2012 and he is one of seven starters returning for the Vikings in 2013.

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 - 111-51 in nine 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: 1099-892-2 (.552)

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...434-206 (.678) in 15 years at Augustana...Overall collegiate record is 512-255-1 (.667) 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, Jarl Dahlgren

TEAM INFORMATION

2012HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings posted at least 25 wins for the 13th time in the last 14 years, finishing the 2012 season with a 25-17 record... Augustana finished in a tie for third in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (11-10) and qualified for the conference tournament.

KEY LOSSES:

Mike Barker (Centennial, Colo. Grandview HS, Marina del Rey, Calif.), OF... 2012: Vikings' "Most Outstanding Offensive Player"... First team All-CCIW... Led team in batting average (.380), home runs (three), RBI (33), total bases (86) and slugging (.544)...Tied for team lead with three triples...Second in hits (60), runs (35) and on-base percentage (.421)...Stole eight bases in nine attempts.

Josiah Martin (Canton HS, Canton, Ill.), RHP... Ninth in career ERA (3.30) at Augustana... 2012: Augustana "Co-Most Outstanding Pitcher"... First team All-CCIW... Led Vikings in appearances (22), ERA (1.84) and saves (five)... Posted a 4-2 record and fanned 37 and walked just four in 44 innings... Led CCIW in ERA (1.69), saves (four), appearances (13), games finished (nine), and relief appearances (13)... Won Vikings' "Commitment to Excellence Award"... 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.

Kevin Serna (Rolling Meadows HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.), OF... Tied for 10th in career triples (six) at Augustana... 2012: Vikings' "Most Outstanding Defensive Player"... Handled 77 fielding chances without an error... Hit .306 with 26 runs scored and 13 RBI... Tied for the team lead with three triples... Second on the team with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts...Tied for CCIW lead with two triples... 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.), RHP... Seventh in career innings pitched (214 2/3) at Augustana... 2012: CCIW Co-Pitcher of the Year...First team All-CCIW... Augustana "Co-Most Outstanding Pitcher"... Finished 7-2 (led team in wins and tied for 10th-most in school history) with a 2.05 ERA... Led team with 74 2/3 innings (eighth-most in school history), 10 starts, five complete games and two shutouts... Two-time CCIW Pitcher of the Week... 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.

KEY RETURNEES:

Joe Cecchi (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.), Senior, IF... 2012: Hit .268 with 29 RBI (tied for third on the team)... Tied for team lead with 12 doubles... 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.

Seth Davis (Mullen HS, Aurora, Colo.), Sophomore, LHP... 2012: Second team All-CCIW... Viking "Co-Newcomer of the Year"... Finished 3-2 with 3.51 ERA... Led team with 50 strikeouts and .208 opponents' batting average... Led CCIW in opponents' batting average (.189) and pick-offs (nine).

Rick Erickson (Lake Zurich HS, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Senior, LHP... 2012: Finished 1-1 with one save and a 3.18 ERA... Second on the team with 15 appearances... Fanned 32  and walked nine in 22 2/3 innings.

Ben Heaton (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Heyworth, Ill.), Senior, RHP ... 2012: Finished 3-1 with one save and a 3.69 ERA... Appeared in 13 games, starting five...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.

Kevin Hodgman (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), Sophomore, RHP... 2012: 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA in six starts... Allowed 24 hits in 30 2/3 innings for a .216 opponents' batting average.

Jeremy Juhl (Glenbard East HS, Lombard, Ill.), Senior, IF... 2012: Started all 42 games... Hit .368 with 29 RBI (tied for third on the team)... Led team with 64 hits, 42 runs and 174 at-bats... Two-time CCIW Hitter of the Week... 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.

Kyle Lenihan (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.), Sophomore, IF... 2012: Viking "Co-Newcomer of the Year"... Started 16 games... Hit .305 with one home run and eight RBI... Had a .425 on-base percentage.

Jared McIntosh (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa), Senior, RHP-OF... 2012: Finished 2-5 with a 5.91 ERA in nine starts... Hit .189 with one home run and six RBI... 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.

Jim Sandberg (Mullen HS, Littleton, Colo.), Senior, C... 2012: Played in all 42 games, starting 40... Hit .213 with one home run and 11 RBI... Threw out 10 of 37 would-be base stealers.

Kurt Schmidt (Grayslake Central HS, Grayslake, Ill.), Senior, IF... Sixth in career triples (nine) at Augustana... 2012: First team All-CCIW... Played in all 42 games, starting 41... Hit .327 with 28 RBI... Led team with 18 steals in 21 attempts... Team-high eight sacrifices...  Tied for team lead with three triples... Led CCIW in triples (tied with two) and sacrifice flies (four)... 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.

Grant Stewart (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), Senior, 1B... 2012: First team All-CCIW... Viking "Co-Newcomer of the Year"... Hit .336 with one home run and 30 RBI (second on the team)... Led team in doubles (tied with 12), walks (19), hit-by-pitch (11) and on-base percentage (.451).

Jacob Van Duyne (Wilmington HS, Wilmington, Ill.), Junior, OF... 2012: Second team All-CCIW... Hit .376 (second on the team) with 15 RBI... 29 runs scored... Led CCIW in hits (33) and at-bats (92).

Mark VanNatta (Alleman HS, Moline, Ill.), Senior, OF... 2012: Started 18 games... Hit .235 with one home run and seven RBI.

2012 STARTERS RETURNING: Seven position players and four pitchers

2012 STARTERS LOST: Two position players and one pitcher

2012 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING: 18

2012 LETTERWINNERS LOST: Six

2012 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES

ALL-CCIW: First Team - Mike Trotta, P; Josiah Martin, P; Mike Barker, OF; Kurt Schmidt, 2B; Grant Stewart, 1B; Second Team - Jacob VanDuyne, OF; Seth Davis, P.

CCIW CO-PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Mike Trotta.

AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Mike Barker.

AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Kevin Serna.

AUGUSTANA MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Josiah Martin & Mike Trotta.

AUGUSTANA NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR: Grant Stewart, Seth Davis, Kyle Lenihan

AUGUSTANA LEADERSHIP AWARD: Anthony Concialdi.

AUGUSTANA COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AWARD: Josiah Martin.

CCIW HITTER OF THE WEEK: Jeremy Juhl, 3/20/12 & 5/1/12.

CCIW PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Mike Trotta, 3/6/12 & 4/24/12.

AUGUSTANA'S CCIW INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: ERA - 1.69, Josiah Martin; Saves - 4, Josiah Martin; Appearances - 13, Josiah Martin; Games finished - 9, Josiah Martin; Relief appearances - 13, Josiah Martin; Opponents' batting average - .189, Seth Davis; Pick-offs: 9, Seth Davis; Hits - 33, Jacob VanDuyne; At-bats -  92, Jacob VanDuyne; Triples - 2, Kurt Schmidt, Kevin Serna; Sacrifice Flies - 4, Kurt Schmidt; Fielding double plays - 21, Grant Stewart.

AUGUSTANA'S CCIW TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS: Sacrifice Flies - 13; Strikeouts 133; Called third strikes - 48; Saves - 5; Pick-offs - 14; Triples allowed - 0.

2012 ADDITIONS TO TOP TEN LISTS

Career

Triples - 9, Kurt Schmidt, 6th; 6, Kevin Serna 10th-T

Innings Pitched - 214 2/3, Mike Trotta, 7th

ERA - 3.30, Josiah Martin, 9th

Single Season

Innings Pitched - 74 2/3, Mike Trotta, 8th

Wins - 7, Mike Trotta, 10th-T