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April 1, 2003

2009 Season - 2003 BASEBALL REVIEW

2003 BASEBALL REVIEW

 

ALL-AMERICAN MIKE KANE HELPS LEAD VIKINGS TO FIFTH STRAIGHT 25-VICTORY SEASON AS AUGUSTANA FINISHES WITH 28-15 RECORD IN WALLACE’S SIXTH YEAR

 

Senior second baseman Mike Kane (Davenport Assumption HS, Blue Grass, IA) swung a big bat all season long for the Augustana Vikings and he was rewarded by being named to the NCAA Division III All-American team by the American Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association. Kane, voted the team’s “Outstanding Offensive Player”, batted .406 on the year with 69 hits in 170 at-bats with 34 runs scored, 15 doubles, five triple, five home runs and 58 runs-batted-in. His offensive explosion was a big factor as head coach Greg Wallace’s team went 28-15 overall and 13-8 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

 

Kane played just three seasons at Augustana but he leaves with three school records (two single season and one career). The 69 hits this year ties the mark previously held by Dan Pedretti and Scott Schmid, both in 2000. His 58 runs-batted-in erased the former record of 49 set by Jason Fosdick in 1999. Kane’s 37 career doubles broke Bryan Welder’s old record of 35 from 1994-97. Besides his school records, Kane etched his name into the school’s top ten a total of 15 times (nine for career and six for single season).

 

He was a major part of a record book revision that saw seven new marks entered by the 2003 Vikings. Fellow senior Chris Beard (Moline HS, Moline, IL) broke one of the oldest single season records when he bashed six triples, breaking the previous record of five held jointly by Dick Haugen (1967), Mike Gray (1987) and Kevin Iaquinto (2000). Freshman Andrew Setter (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, IL) tied four others for best winning percentage by a pitcher with at least five decisions when he went 5-0 for a perfect mark of 1.000. Senior Teddy Grothe (Galesburg HS, Galesburg, IL) was phenomenal all season long and his 12 saves as a relief pitcher may stand as a record for quite some time. The seventh record to be broken this year was the team mark for triples which is now 18.

 

The 2003 season was another in a rapidly expanding string of recent success for the Vikings’ baseball program that has enjoyed unprecedented success under the guidance of Wallace, a 1988 Augustana graduate. Prior to his taking over in 1998, the Blue & Gold had recorded just two seasons with 20 or more victories in its entire existence. Since that time, Wallace has led the Vikings to six consecutive 20-victory campaigns, including the last five when they were over 25 wins. They had been included in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament just five times between 1985 and 1997, a span of 12 years. In the last six years the Vikings have been in five league tournaments.

 

This team was ranked as high as 15th in the NCAA Division III national poll and finished the year with a fine 28-15 record, the fourth highest victory total in school history. In the CCIW tournament, Kane’s home run in the bottom of the 13th inning allowed the Vikings to defeat Elmhurst 13-11 in the first round before losses to Carthage (10-6) and Elmhurst (14-6) ended the season.

 

Offense was the name of the game and the three ringleaders were all seniors: Kane, Beard, and Ernie Jack (United Township HS, Silvis, IL). Kane drew most of the notoriety but Beard and Jack had fine years and put the finishing touches on great careers. Ironically, none of the three played at Augustana as freshmen.

 

Beard led the team in hitting with a .422 average as he had 57 hits in 135 at-bats with 42 runs scored. He had three doubles, six triples, 28 runs-batted-in and 16 stolen bases. Besides his school record six triples, he is eighth on the single season list with 57 hits, eighth with 16 stolen bases and ninth with 42 runs scored. He graduates third on the career list with 10 triples, seventh with 30 stolen bases and ninth in career batting average at .353.

 

Jack batted .342 this year with 54 hits in 158 at-bats with 30 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples and four home runs. He collected 37 runs-batted-in. He has the top two single season home run totals in school history with 10 in 2001 and nine in 2002 and he finished his career in second place on the career home run list with 23. He made the career top 10 list seven times and the single season list six times.

 

Kane, Beard and Jack were all first team all-conference selections in the CCIW and senior pitcher Jeff Dunn (Illini Bluffs HS, Mapleton, IL) was a second team choice after he posted a 4-5 record with a 4.30 earned run average and 59 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings of work. Dunn, who was a first team Verizon Academic All-District selection, sits ninth on the career list in inning pitched with 173 1/3, ninth in earned run average at 3.95, 10th in strikeouts with 124 and tied for eight in victories with 14.

 

While Kane became just the seventh Augustana player to earn All-American honors, and the first since John Benedetti in 2000, Grothe and Beard were both second team all-region selections in the Central Region.

 

When the final NCAA Division III statistics were announced in July, it was learned that Grothe led the nation with his 12 saves, one better than second place finisher Matt Slivinski of Albright, who finished with 11. Beard finished in a tie for 26th in triples with 0.14 per game and was 64th in batting average at .422 (57 for 135). Kane was 28th in runs-batted-in with 1.35 per game and 42nd in triples with 0.12 per game. As a team the Vikings were 23rd in stolen bases with 2.14 per game as they had 92 in 43 contests. They were 30th in triples per game with 0.42 (18 in 43 games) and 50th in scoring at 7.80 runs per game with 335 runs scored in 43 games.

 

2003 AUGUSTANA BASEBALL SUPERLATIVES

OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Mike Kane

PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Teddy Grothe

OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jeff Boyer

TEAM CAPTAINS: Teddy Grothe, Mike Kane, Ernie Jack

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICA: Mike Kane (3rd team)

ALL CENTRAL REGION: Mike Kane (1st team), Teddy Grothe (2nd team) & Chris Beard (2nd team)

ALL-CCIW: Mike Kane (1st team), Chris Beard (1st team), Ernie Jack (1st team) & Jeff Dunn (2nd team)

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Jeff Dunn (1st team)

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Jeff Dunn

SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORDS: Hits-Mike Kane with 69…Triples-Chris Beard with six…Runs Batted In-Mike Kane with 58…Pitching Winning Percentage-Andrew Setter at 1.000 with 5-0 record…Saves-Teddy Grothe with 12…Team Triples – 18.

CAREER SCHOOL RECORD: Doubles-Mike Kane with 37.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL RANKINGS (Individual): Saves – Teddy Grothe, FIRST, with 12…Triples per game – Chris Beard, 26th (tie) at 0.14 and Mike Kane, 42nd at 0.12…Runs batted in per game – Mike Kane, 28th at 1.35…Batting average – Chris Beard, 64th at .422 (57 for 135)

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL RANKINGS (Team): Stolen bases – 23rd at 2.14 per game with 92 in 43 games…Triples – 30th at 0.42 per game with 18 in 43 games…Scoring – 50th at 7.80 runs per game with 335 runs in 43 games.

 

2003 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN BASEBALL

 

FINAL STANDINGS                      

 

CCIW

 

 

 

OVERALL

 

 

 

POINTS

 

 

TEAM

W

L

T

.PCT

W

L

T

.PCT

RS PTS

TOUR PTS

TOTAL PTS

Carthage

18

3

0

.857

35

8

0

.814

18

5

23

Elmhurst

13

8

0

.619

28

14

0

.675

13

2

15

Augustana

13

8

0

.619

28

15

0

.667

13

1

14

North Central

11

10

0

.524

18

21

2

.463

11

0

11

Illinois Wesleyan

11

10

0

.524

24

15

0

.615

11

--

11

Millikin

10

11

0

.476

24

15

0

.615

10

--

10

Wheaton

6

15

0

.286

15

18

1

.456

6

--

6

North Park

2

19

0

.095

3

34

0

.081

2

--

2

 

2003 CCIW Tournament

May 9-11, 2003

Hosted by Augustana College

Friday, May 9

Game #1 Carthage 6, North Central 3 @ (Black Hawk College)

Game #2 Augustana 13, Elmhurst 11 @ (Rock Island High School)

Game #3 Elmhurst 17, North Central 16 @ (Rock Island High School) North Central eliminated

Game #4 Carthage 10, Augustana 6 @ (Black Hawk College)

Saturday, May 10

Game #5 Elmhurst 14, Augustana 6 (Augustana eliminated)

Game #6 Carthage 8, Elmhurst 2 (Carthage wins CCIW tournament)

NOTE: The top four teams, by CCIW winning percentage, qualify for the CCIW baseball tournament. The four qualifying teams accrue one championship point for each regular-season conference victory. Additional points are based on how well a team does in the CCIW tournament: 3-0 record (5 points); 4-1 or 3-1 record (4 points), 3-2 record (3 points), 2-2 record (2 points), 1-2 record (1 point) and an 0-2 record (0 points). Teams that do not qualify for the tournament do not receive championship points for regular season conference wins. If a tie occurs in total points after the tournament, the team that finished highest in the tournament will be the conference champion. If only the first day of the tournament is played, due to weather, then each tournament win is worth one point and the sole 2-0 team will be awarded a bonus point. The CCIW champion receives the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III baseball championship.