Braun named Daktronics All-America Second Team
Friday, May 25, 2012
Braun named Daktronics All-America Second Team

MARSHALL, Minn. ­— Bemidji State University sophomore catcher Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) was named to the 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-America Second Team today. He is the first BSU baseball player to earn an All-America award from Daktronics and was one of three sophomores on the first, second or third teams.

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.

Braun is the first student-athlete under head coach Tim Bellew to earn All-America honors in his seven seasons at BSU.

A 2012 Daktronics All-Central Region First Team, Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Central Region First Team, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (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. 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. 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.

Senior first baseman Nathan Minnich from Shepherd University (W. Va.) and junior pitcher Carl O’Neal from St. Mary’s University (Texas) headlined the 2012 Daktronics, Inc., NCAA Division II All-America baseball team, earning the Ron Lenz Player and Pitcher of the Year awards respectively. A total of 45 student-athletes, representing 37 institutions were named to either the first, second or third team All-America squad, while 18 were named honorable mention.

The Beavers finished the 2012 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).