MARSHALL, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior Logan Kalis (1B/OF/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) became the second BSU baseball player to be named All-American in two years Friday, as he was placed on the Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-America Third Team. Kalis earned All-American status at utility/pitcher, a category added in 2013 for student-athletes who excel in the field and on the mound.
Last season, junior Zach Braun (C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) was named Daktronics All-America Second Team to become the first student-athlete to earn the award from Daktronics. Kalis is the second player under eighth-year head coach Tim Bellew to be named to an All-America team.
Kalis was All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team and Daktronics All-Central Region First Team for the second consecutive season after he went .364 at the plate to finish 16th in the NSIC during the regular season. Kalis placed his name up and down league charts as he finished the regular season fourth in total bases (86), tied for fourth in hits (55), fifth in total plate appearances (178), tied for 10th in walks (18), tied for 11th in doubles (12) and home runs (5), 12th in slugging percentage (.570), 14th in on-base percentage (.446) and tied for 14th in RBIs (32).
After helping the Beavers to the NSIC Tournament Championship, Kalis concluded his senior season with a .333 batting average, .515 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage. He totaled 57 hits, 34 RBIs and 28 runs scored.
In addition to hitting in the designated hitter position, Kalis played first base, left field and right field to record a .962 fielding percentage. He totaled 65 putouts and 11 assists with three errors.
Kalis made 11 appearances on the mound and led the team with a 1.66 ERA. The right-hander posted a 4-3 record in four starts and in 43.1 innings pitched, he fanned 42 batters. Kalis allowed eight earned runs (13 total), walked six and allowed a .220 opposing batting average.
Members of the NCAA Division II College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected the All-America teams. The All-America team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. Daktronics has sponsored the baseball All-America program since 2007.
A total of 48 student-athletes, representing 39 institutions were named to either the first, second or third team All-America squads, while 18 earned honorable mention status.
The Central Region swept the player and pitcher of the year awards, as Michael Schulze of Missouri Western State University was named Daktronics Player of the Year and Harvey Martin of Minnesota State University, Mankato earned the Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year award.
The Bemidji State baseball team finished the season with a 25-22 record to tie for the second most wins in program history. After posting a 13-13 NSIC record to earn the No. 8 seed in the NSIC Tournament, the Beavers made a run to the NSIC Tournament Championship before falling to the top team in the central region – Minnesota State University, Mankato. BSU last concluded a season above .500 in 2002 and became the 11th team to accomplish the feat in the 62-year history of the program. Bellew was named NSIC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season, while five players earned all-conference awards, which included Kalis and senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as All-NSIC First Team players.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).