Kalis named Daktronics All-Central Region First Team; Braun second team
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Kalis named Daktronics All-Central Region First Team; Braun second team

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior Logan Kalis (1B/OF/RHP, Little Falls, Minn.) was named Daktronics All-Central Region First Team Thursday, while teammate junior Zach Braun (C/1B, Lakeville, Minn.) was named to the second team. It is the second consecutive awards from Daktronics for both student-athletes, as they were named to the first team in 2012.

Kalis - one of just two repeat first team selections in 2013 - earned first team honors a season ago at the designated hitter position, but this year he was named first team utility/pitcher, a new category in 2013 for student-athletes who excel in the field and on the mound. Braun was named a second team catcher.

The Daktronics All-Central Region team was voted upon by sports information directors throughout the central region, which is made up of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Great American Conference.

Each of the 16 Daktronics All-Central Region First Team selections will now be listed on the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-America ballot, which will be voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division II members, with the announcement of those All-American teams expected Friday, May 24.

The teams were headlined by Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year Michael Schulze of Missouri Western State University and Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year Harvey Martin of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Kalis was named All-NSIC First Team for the second consecutive season after he went .364 at the plate to finish 16th in the NSIC during the regular season. Kalis placed his name up and down league charts as he finished the regular season fourth in total bases (86), tied for fourth in hits (55), fifth in total plate appearances (178), tied for 10th in walks (18), tied for 11th in doubles (12) and home runs (5), 12th in slugging percentage (.570), 14th in on-base percentage (.446) and tied for 14th in RBIs (32).

After helping the Beavers to the NSIC Tournament Championship, Kalis concluded his senior season with a .333 batting average, .515 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage. He totaled 57 hits, 34 RBIs and 28 runs scored.

In addition to hitting in the designated hitter position, Kalis played first base, left field and right field, while also making 11 appearances on the mound. The right-hander led the team with a 1.66 ERA. The senior posted a 4-3 record in four starts and in 43.1 innings pitched, he fanned 42 batters. Kalis allowed eight earned runs (13 total), walked six and allowed a .220 opposing batting average.

Braun earned All-NSIC Second Team honors this season. He recorded a .345 batting average to rank 18th in the league and totaled 18 doubles (third in NSIC), 83 total bases (T-7th in league) and 57 hits (T-8th in NSIC). Braun added 31 runs and 24 RBIs.

The junior’s .989 fielding percentage was good for 14th in the league. He was placed behind the dish, at first base and in the outfield in 2013 and totaled 179 putouts (T-19th in NSIC) with 11 assists and just three errors.

The Bemidji State baseball team finished the season with a 25-22 record to tie for the second most wins in program history. After posting a 13-13 NSIC record to earn the No. 8 seed in the NSIC Tournament, the Beavers made a run all the way to the NSIC Tournament Championship before falling to the top team in the central region – Minnesota State University, Mankato. BSU last concluded a season above .500 in 2002 and became the 11th team to accomplish the feat in the 62-year history of the program. Eighth-year head coach Tim Bellew was named NSIC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season, while five players earned all-conference awards, which included Kalis and senior shortstop Lewis Baumann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as All-NSIC First Team players.

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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).