May 14, 2013

Eight earn all-conference accolades

Following a solid season, the Big Red baseball team landed eight players on the All-North Coast Athletic Conference squad in 2013.

The senior trio of Kyle Clemmenson, Danny Kraus and Tim Duxbury all earned first-team honors for the first time in their respective careers.  Clemmenson finished second in the conference in doubles (16), home runs (5), RBIs (44) and total bases (89), third in on-base percentage (.478), and fourth in slugging percentage (.589), runs (43) and hits (58).  He also led the team with a .384 batting average and recorded the eighth five-hit performance since 2001 in a 17-3 victory at Ohio Wesleyan.

Kraus completed his final season with a .324 average, 55 hits, 15 doubles, eight triples and 43 runs scored.  The senior outfielder led the NCAC in triples, finished second in total bases (89), fourth in runs, fifth in doubles, and sixth in hits.  Kraus co-led the team with 17 multiple-hit games, highlighted by a four-hit, three-run performance against Wabash.  He finished his career with 11 triples, tying him Justin Held for fourth on the school's all-time list.

Duxbury earned first-team honors as a pitcher after leading the Big Red in wins and saves with six and three, respectively.  He was third in ERA (3.40) and strikeouts (29).  Duxbury tossed DU's lone shutout of the season with a four-hit, four-strikeout performance against Wabash (April 21).  The senior also recorded a season-high six strikeouts and scattered six hits in an eight-inning outing against Ohio Northern.

Sophomores Ryan Mulligan, Charlie Apfelbach and Kyle Colgain all received second-team recognition.  Mulligan posted a .327 average in 156 at bats.  He also finished second on the team in RBIs (34) and fourth in hits (51).  Apfelbach led the team in steals (17), finished second with a .349 batting average, and was third in hits (52) and runs (34).  The sophomore outfielder also compiled the program's longest hitting streak after recording a hit in 27-consecutive games (March 30-May 9).  Colgain completed his second season with the pitching staff's lowest ERA at 2.86.  He also ranked second in strikeouts with 46 and posted a .252 batting average against.

Sophomore outfielder Nick Marsit and junior pitcher Connor Murphy rounded out the list with honorable mention laurels.  Marsit posted a .327 average with two doubles, 24 runs and 13 RBIs.  In 67 chances, the sophomore made 63 putouts and logged four outfield assists.  He also assisted on one double play after throwing a runner out at the plate from right field in the 10th inning against Wabash on April 21 at Big Red Field.  Murphy finished his junior season with a 4-5 record and a 3.63 ERA.  He also led the pitching staff with 47 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .249 average.  The junior hurler had three complete-game performances in 10 starts.  In his final nine appearances of the year, Murphy went 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings.

Denison finished the 2013 season with a 25-16 record.  Their win total ranks third in program history.