BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced its 2016 All-Conference teams today, which included two Bemidji State University baseball student-athletes. Senior Tyler Nelson capped off a record-breaking season with a selection to the first team while true freshman Gunner Olszewski was chosen to the second team.
Nelson is one of four outfielders to be named to the All-NSIC First Team and Olszewski was the lone catcher on the second team. The duo earned their first career all-conference honors.
Nelson, a senior from Hayfield, Minn., was named to the Academic All-NSIC Team after starting 49 of Bemidji State’s 50 games. He set the program’s single-season hit record with 89, which ranked second in the NSIC. An 18-game hit streak early in the season was the second-longest in the program’s history. Nelson finished the season with a team-high .434 batting average, ranking eighth in the NSIC, to set the program career record with a .375 average. He completed his career second in program history with 194 hits and 115 runs scored. In addition to his hits record, Nelson also set the single-season record with six triples, which led the NSIC, and set the career triples mark with nine. In 2016, he led the team in seven offensive categories, drove in 45 RBI and scored 45 runs.
Olszewski, a freshman from Alvin, Texas, started 40 games for the Beavers in 2016. He recorded a .327 batting average on 51 hits to rank fifth on the team in both categories. Olszewski totaled 14 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, five doubles and two triples, and scored 31 runs. His seven dingers ranked second on the team and tied for 29th in the NSIC. Olszewski ranked second on the team with eight stolen bases on 12 attempts and third with a .980 fielding percentage. He finished the season with 15 multi-hit games, including five consecutive to end 2016, and drove in 30 RBI. This is Olszewski’s second career selection to the All-NSIC team after earning NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year and being selected to the All-NSIC First Team as a defensive back for the BSU football team this past fall.
The NSIC also announced individual award winners and the NSIC Gold Glove Team. University of Minnesota Duluth’s Alex Wojciechowski was named the NSIC Player of the Year while the Bulldogs’ Head Coach Bob Rients earned NSIC Coach of the Year. St. Cloud State University took home two awards as Shledon Miks earned NSIC Pitcher of the Year and Judd Davis earned NSIC Freshman of the Year. Northern State University pitcher Nick Hoffard took the NSIC Newcomer of the Year award.
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).