Braun, Kalis named All-NSIC First Team, Marks All-NSIC Second Team
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Braun, Kalis named All-NSIC First Team, Marks All-NSIC Second Team

BURNSVILLE, Minn. ­— Three Bemidji State University baseball student-athletes were honored by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference today, with the announcement of the league’s postseason awards. Sophomore Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) and junior Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) were named All-NSIC First Team and junior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was selected All-NSIC Second Team in his first season as a Beaver.

Braun was named a first team catcher and Kalis was the top designated hitter, selected by the NSIC coaches. Marks, a junior college transfer from Iowa Lakes Community College, was named a second team first baseman.

Prior to today, the last Beaver to earn an all-conference nod was Anthony Stoloski (second team) in 2008, while Braun and Kalis mark the first time BSU has had two first team honorees in the same season since 2004 when Shawn Ross and Jon Czech where named to the top squad. Under head coach Tim Bellew, 10 student-athletes have been named to an NSIC all-conference team, including three first team honors, in his seven seasons.

Braun took the Beavers’ batting title in just his second season in the green and white. His .391 batting average placed him fifth in the NSIC. His .578 slugging percentage tied with Kalis 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. 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.

Kalis has improved in each season at BSU and took a large step forward in 2012. Bellew inserted Kalis into the batting line-up as the designated hitter, in left field, at first base and when he was the starting pitcher. The junior batted .323 in 2012 and led the team in home runs (10), RBIs (43), runs scored (38), total bases (93) and triples (3). His home run total finished tied for third in the NSIC and 39th in the nation at the conclusion of the regular season. His three triples ranked tied for fifth and the 43 RBIs placed him tied for eighth in the league. He posted a .578 slugging percentage that tied for first on the team and added 52 hits to rank third with the fourth most at-bats (161). He finished the season with the most multi-RBI games on the team with 12 and posted the second most multi-hit games with 17. Kalis drew 12 walks, posted a .380 on-base percentage and was successful in all three stolen base attempts.

Kalis’ arm got stronger as the year went on, as the right-hander won his final two starts to finish 4-6 with a 6.34 ERA. He started 10 times, threw three complete games, appeared in 13 contests and posted one save. In 59.2 innings pitched he allowed 56 runs (42 earned) on 78 hits with 44 strikeouts and 26 walks. He faced 245 batters and allowed a .318 opposing batting average.  

In the field he recorded 88 putouts and 16 assists with five errors to post a .954 fielding percentage. He started at designated hitter more than any other Beaver with 22 games, while finding a starting spot in left field nine times and at first in eight games.   

Marks finished 2012 second on the team in batting average (.337), while leading the Beavers in hits (62) and doubles (12). His hit total ranked him fifth in the league at the end of the regular season, while his 184 at bats led the team and ranked fifth in the conference. He added 40 RBIs to rank second on the team and his 27 runs finished fourth. Playing and starting 49 games, the junior totaled 91 bases to rank second on the team and added five home runs to tie for second. He finished the season with a .495 slugging percentage, .391 on-base percentage, drew 13 walks and stole one base on his only attempt. He posted a team-best 14-game hitting streak that spanned the entire month of March (3-31), a month the Beavers went 10-6. Marks led the team with 18 multi-hit games (three games with three or more) and totaled eight multi-RBI games to sit second on the squad.   

Marks was also a regular on the bump for BSU and paced the team with a 4.08 ERA. He posted a 4-3 record in 15 appearances and seven starts with a team-best four complete games and two saves. He hurled 57.1 innings and allowed 40 runs (26 earned) on 64 hits with 43 strikeouts and 21 walks. He allowed a .270 opposing batting average. He recorded a season-high seven strikeouts on two occasions in 2012.

In the field Marks owned a .997 fielding percentage at first base. He led the team in putouts with 303, while totaling 29 assists with just one error. His 333 chances and 303 putouts each ranked fifth in the conference. Playing primarily first base and fielding his position off the mound, Marks was apart of 25 of the 34 double plays the Beavers turned on the season.    

The Beavers finished the season 23-27 to tie for third most wins in a season in the 61-year program history. BSU posted a 16-20 mark in league play for eighth in the final NSIC standings. BSU graduated just four seniors and will return 10 key position players and all but one pitcher from its staff in 2013.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).