SignUp
Tyler Follis set the UND single-season record for hits last year (74).
Four UND players earn preseason baseball honors
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Wednesday 01/28/2013 17:49:30 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop


2013 CollegeSportsMadness.com Great West Preseason All-Conference Teams

GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Four University of North Dakota baseball players have earned CollegeSportsMadness.com 2013 Great West Preseason All-Conference honors according to a recent release. Andrew Thome, Jeff Campbell and Tyler Follis were first team selections while Kris Kwak picked-up a second team mention.

Utah Valley, who went through the Great West Conference season unscathed last season at 28-0, swept the individual honors with Kai Hatch being named Player of the Year, Adam Gunn the Pitcher of the Year, Sagan Osborne the Freshman of the Year and Eric Madsen was the preseason Coach of the Year.

Thome was North Dakota's top hurler a season ago as a freshman. The  St. Cloud, Minn. native led the team with five wins, 65 strikeouts and a 3.58 earned run average. He set the UND single-season record with 93 innings pitched and fired six complete games-- the only freshman hurler in NCAA Division I baseball to toss three nine-inning shutouts in 2012. 

Campbell earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America accolades last season, the first UND player to do that in the Division I era. He was named the Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year and earned a first-team spot as a utility player on the All-GWC team after a year that saw him hit .326 with a team-best 12 home runs and 47 RBI. The freshman also delivered four wins and six complete games from the mound.

Follis led North Dakota with a .352 batting average and 74 hits in his rookie collegiate season in 2012. The team's starting shortstop also generated a team-high 49 runs and had a .432 on-base percentage. His hit total broke the school's single-season record.

Kwak hit safely in all four games of the Great West Conference Tournament and finished the season with a 13-game hitting streak en route to a .313 batting average for the season. He ranked in the top three on the team in average, hits (65), runs (42), doubles (10), homers (4), RBI (29), slugging (.438) and on-base percentage (.419).

UND finished last season 19-37 overall and 10-18 in league play, advancing to the semifinals of the Great West Conference Tournament.

Tippett to lead Canada at 2014 World Championship
Hockey Canada announced today that former University of North Dakota standout and current Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will serve as head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming 2014... MORE
Goalie Gothberg gloves NCHC monthly honors
GRAND FORKS, N.D. University of North Dakota sophomore goaltender Zane Gothberg has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Month for March/April, the conference... MORE
Pryor announces three commitments
GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Mark Pryor announced the commitments of three student-athletes to join the defending regular season Big Sky Conference... MORE
Softball games at South Dakota State canceled
Due to inclement weather and poor field conditions the UND softball games against South Dakota State scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, in Brookings, S.D., have been canceled. The games will not... MORE

advertisement