TOWNSON, Md. – Bemidji State University senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (SS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) became the first BSU baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors Thursday when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced him a member of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Baseball Second Team.
Baumann is the 20th student-athlete from Bemidji State to earn Academic All-American status since 1976. He is the second Beaver to be awarded the honor in 2012-13, as football’s Brian Leonhardt (Sr., TE, Blaine, Minn.) was named Capital One Academic All-America First Team in December.
The Colorado Springs, Colo. native owned a 3.79 GPA entering his final semester and graduated earlier this month with a degree in exercise science. Earlier this season, Baumann was named Capital One All-Academic All-District 7 College Division First-Team and he is a three-time Spring Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Team member for his efforts in the classroom.
Baumann earned his first career all-conference honor in 2013 when he was named All-NSIC First Team after he finished the regular season third in the league in batting average with a .397 mark after sitting above .400 for most the season. He ranked fourth in slugging percentage (.649), fifth in total bases (85), tied for seventh in doubles (14), tied for 10th in hits (52) and tied for 11th in RBIs (33) and home runs (5). He fielded 22 double plays to finish tied for fourth in the league, while his 99 assists finished seventh.
During the team’s spring break trip, March 13-17, Baumann batted .583 (14-for-24), recorded seven extra base hits, which included four doubles, two home runs and a triple, totaled 26 bases and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage to earn NSIC Player of the Week and NCBWA Central Region Player of the Week honors.
After helping guide the Beavers to the NSIC Tournament Championship game, Baumann finished his senior year batting .385 with 57 hits, 37 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He totaled 14 doubles and seven home runs with a .649 slugging percentage (ranks 30th in the nation). In the field he recorded 112 assists and 60 putouts.
Baumann completed his career as a .301 hitter and played in 160 games with 147 starts. He compiled 481 at bats and totaled 145 hits, 79 RBIs, 77 runs scored and ripped 30 doubles. A regular at shortstop for nearly four years, he recorded 348 assists and 210 putouts with a .918 fielding percentage.
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. Head coach Tim Bellew was named NSIC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season, while five players earned all-conference awards, which included senior Logan Kalis (1B/OF/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) and Baumann as All-NSIC First Team players.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 D-II Academic All-America® teams program.
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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).
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