BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University baseball team announced today the signing of Zach Braun (Lakeville, Minn.) and Aaron Young (Urbandale, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Braun and Young are the first two players head coach Tim Bellew has inked during the early period in his five years as the BSU skipper. Braun and Young will begin their careers at BSU in 2010-11.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“Our 2010 recruiting class is off to a great start with adding two quality student athletes like Zach and Aaron,” said assistant coach P.J. McIntee. “Both have been on our recruiting radar for awhile now and we are extremely excited they will be joining our program.”
Zach Braun • Catcher/First Base • T/B - R/R • 5-11 • 205 • Lakeville, Minn. • Lakeville North High School
Braun was an all-conference player his junior season, guiding the Panthers to a Lake Conference championship. He hit .427 last season, leading the team in hits (32), doubles (12) and triples (2). Braun led the team in all hitting categories, except slugging percentage and homeruns (2). He is also a member of the Lakeville North football squad that was section champions in 2007 and 2009. Off the field, Braun is a B honor roll student.
Personal: The son of David and Tami Braun...Born Dec. 19, 1991 in Burnsville, Minn...Lists the section playoffs, trying out with the Atlanta Braves and making the all-conference team as his greatest thrills in sports...His father played baseball and basketball at Moorhead State University and University of Minnesota, Crookston, while his mother participated in track at North Hennepin Community College.
“Zach’s offensive numbers speak for themselves,” McIntee said. “He is a big strong kid who will add some pop to our lineup. He has a very smooth and simple swing that will help him in the transition from high school to college. He is a player that we saw from day one as someone who could hit in the middle of our lineup.”
Aaron Young • Pitcher/Outfielder • T/B - L/L • 5-10 • 155 • Urbandale, Iowa • Urbandale High School
Young is a two-time all-conference player for the Urbandale J-Hawks. He threw four complete games, two shutouts and had 47 strikeouts in 51 innings, posting a 3.44 earned run average and a .276 batting average his junior season. In his sophomore campaign, Young pitched 61 innings, fanning 46 batters for a 2.18 ERA. He has been on the varsity squad since sophomore year. Other than with the high school team, Young has played for Team Iowa in Kofu, Japan (August 2009), was selected to play for the Iowa Select wood bat traveling team, played in Ft. Myers, Fla. in the World Wood Bat Association Underclass Tournament (October 2008) and was named Iowa AAU Baseball Athlete of the Year (2005). He is a honor roll student and was academic all-conference his junior year. His high school coach, Denny Barton, has over 650 wins and was a finalist for national baseball coach of the year award in 2008.
Personal: The son of Fred and Angela Klier-Young...Born April 29, 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa...His greatest sports thrills during his junior year were picking-up the save against rival-Johnson High School on the road and defeating his old school, Hoover High School in Sub-State Quarterfinals...His father played baseball at Indian Hills Community College and University of New Orleans.
“Aaron is a great addition to our program,” McIntee said. “He is a polished left-hander with tremendous upside. Aaron has good command of three pitches and will get a chance to pitch for us very early in his collegiate career. Aaron’s competitiveness and desire to win really stood out throughout the recruiting process and we are excited to have him become a Beaver.”
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).