TUCSON, Ariz. – The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has released its 2013 preview edition and inside was a list of 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NCAA Division II Preseason All-Americans. Included as an ABCA Preseason All-American from the Central Region were Bemidji State University’s Zach Braun (Jr., C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) and Logan Kalis (Sr., 1B/RHP/1B, Little Falls, Minn.).
Senior Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) was named a Central Region Player to Watch, while freshman Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, Little Falls, Minn.) was named a Newcomer to Watch.
The Preseason All-American awards are the first of their kind under head coach Tim Bellew, who is entering his eighth season at BSU.
The teams were chosen by the ABCA’s NCAA Division II All-America Baseball Committee, which is chaired by Rudy Garbalosa of Lynn University.
The Beavers posted a 23-27 overall record last spring to tie for the third most wins in program history. Coupled with recent success, BSU is returning 10 key position players and the majority of its pitching staff to earn 112 points and the seventh spot in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll – its highest spot since 2008 – which was released Jan. 10.
The Beavers open the season Feb. 15 against Northern State University at H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis. BSU starts NSIC play March 23-24 in a four-game series versus Winona State in Winona, Minn.
#36 Zach Braun (C/DH, 6-0, 210, Jr., R/R, Lakeville, Minn.)
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 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... 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.
#22 Logan Kalis (RHP/1B/ OF, 6-4, 210, Sr., R/R, Little Falls, Minn.)
Kalis earned 2012 Daktronics All-Central Region First Team, ABCA All-Central Region Second Team, NCBWA All-Central Region Honorable Mention and All-NSIC First Team designated hitter honors to cap 2012... Head coach Tim Bellew inserted Kalis into the batting line-up as the designated hitter, in the outfield and at first base... 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 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… 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, first in eight games and right field three times.
#30 Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, 6-0, 220, Sr., L/R, Cottage Grove, Minn.)
Earned All-NSIC Second Team... 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.
#5 Joey Hanowski (INF/OF, 5-10, 181, Fr., L/R, Little Falls, Minn.)
Little Falls High School: Hanowski was an all-state baseball player for Little Falls High School… As a junior and a senior, he was named All-Central Lakes Conference, all-section and the Morrison County Area Player of the Year… He posted a .514 batting average for the 20-2 Flyers in 2012, a team that ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the year… His senior year he recorded a .593 on-base percentage, .889 slugging percentage, 35 RBIs, 28 runs, 11 doubles, four homeruns, four stolen bases and two triples… More impressive, he only struck out once in 72 at-bats and drew 15 walks... A catcher for the Little Falls Flyers, he led the team in batting as a sophomore with a .350 average and as a junior with a .393 mark from the plate… He totaled 37 RBIs and five home runs as a junior.
Hanowski also excelled on the ice for the Flyers boy’s hockey team… An all-state performer as a senior, he also won the Class A Herb Brooks Award for Character and Leadership, an honor bestowed upon the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament player who most strongly represents the values, characteristics and traits that defined Herb Brooks… Hanowski is the second Little Falls player to earn the honor, the first was BSU senior Riley Hirsch… Last season, he became the 17th Flyer to reach 100 career points and led the team with 64 points (36-28--64) and a 1A consolation championship…
He is the son of John Hanowski, who played football and baseball at St. John’s University and is a 2011 inductee of the Minnesota Baseball Association Hall of Fame… Brother of Beau Hanowski, who played Division I baseball at South Dakota State University… Brother of Ben Hanowski, who is a senior captain for the St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team and who was drafted of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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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).