#36 Zach Braun
|HOMETOWN||Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North HS)|
2013 Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team… 2013 All-NSIC Second Team… Started 41 out of 43 games for BSU (19 at catcher, nine at designated hitter, six in right field, four at first and three in left field)… Recorded a .345 batting average to rank 20th in the league and totaled 18 doubles (third in NSIC – 0.42 doubles per game finished 18th nationally), 84 total bases (11th in league) and 58 hits (T-9th in NSIC)… Added 31 runs and 24 RBIs… The junior’s .989 fielding percentage was good for 14th in the league… Totaled 179 putouts (T-19th in NSIC) with 11 assists and just three errors… Owned 15 multiple hit games, which included a five-hit effort against Upper Iowa (April 21)... Recorded six multiple RBI games, which included four RBIs versus Minot State (March 16)... Posted a 10-game hitting streak March 29-April 20.
A 2012 NCBWA Division II All-America Second Team, Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-America Second Team, Daktronics All-Central Region First Team, Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Central Region First Team, NCBWA All-Central Region First Team and All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team catcher, Braun took the Beavers’ batting title in just his second season in the green and white.... Braun is the first student-athlete under head coach Tim Bellew to earn All-America honors in his seven seasons at BSU... His .391 batting average placed him fifth in the NSIC... His .578 slugging percentage tied with junior Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) for the team lead and ranked 13th in the league, while his .477 on-base percentage was fifth in the conference... In 128 at-bats he recorded 50 hits, 32 RBIs, 28 runs scored, nine doubles, five home runs and 74 total bases... His 1.35 hits per game ranked sixth in the NSIC... Braun recorded 12 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games, including two five-plus RBI contests and a five hit game... He drew 16 walks and was 3-for-4 on stolen base attempts on the season... Had a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 23-March 8)... He was named NSIC Player of the Week May 1.
In 24 starts he recorded 143 putouts behind the dish with six assists and six errors for a .961 fielding percentage... He caught four runners stealing.
Appeared in 37 games, starting 30 of them for the Beavers... Finished the season with a .311 batting average with one home run and a team-high 21 RBIs... Made his collegiate debut March 8 against Northwestern (Iowa), going 2-for-4 with one RBI... Had eight multiple hit games and four multiple RBI games... Had a four-game hit streak going throughout the season that lasted from April 2 to April 18...had a career-high four RBIs against Arizona Christian University March 9.
Prior to BSU: Helped lead the Lakeville North Panthers to a 12-9 record his senior season… Two-year varsity starter for baseball and football… Named all-conference honorable mention for baseball… Honor Roll.
Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1991... Son of David and Tami Braun... Majoring in sport management with a minor in business.