Braun honored as NCBWA All-America Second Team member
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Braun honored as NCBWA All-America Second Team member

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­— Bemidji State University sophomore catcher Zach Braun (C, Lakeville, Minn.) earned his second All-America award of the 2012 postseason Tuesday, as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) honored him as a 2012 NCBWA Division II All-America Second Team member. May 25, Braun was named to the 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-America Second Team. He is the first BSU baseball player to earn an All-America award from NCBWA and was one of three sophomores on the first, second or third teams.

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, 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 Timothy Flight from Southern New Hampshire headlined the postseason awards by earning the Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, respectively. Charlie Migl from St. Mary’s was named Coach of the Year.

Braun was one of just three players from the NSIC on the first or second teams. Senior third baseman Bryan Lippincott from Concordia University, St. Paul was named All-America First Team, while Augustana College’s starting pitcher Derek Hansen joined Braun on the second team.

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).