Eckman, Litchy and Olszewski selected to All-NSIC Baseball Teams

Eckman, Litchy and Olszewski selected to All-NSIC Baseball Teams
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Eckman, Litchy and Olszewski selected to All-NSIC Baseball Teams

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A trio of Bemidji State University baseball student-athletes were selected to the 2017 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams, as announced by the league office Tuesday. Junior Scott Litchy and sophomore Gunner Olszewski were selected to the All-NSIC First Team while senior Collin Eckman was named to the All-NSIC Second Team.

The trio led the Beavers program in batting average while the squad fell two wins shy of qualifying for the 2017 NSIC post-season tournament. Olszewski earned his second consecutive All-NSIC honor while Eckman and Litchy made the team for the first time in their careers.

Litchy, a junior outfielder from Avon, Minn., led BSU in several categories during the 2017 season including batting average (.350), runs scored (29), home runs (9), RBI (38), slugging percentage (.642), on-base percentage (.419) and sacrifice flies (4). He ranked fourth in the conference in slugging percentage, tied for eighth in home runs and tied for 13th in RBI. Litchy finished his junior season ranked among the top 10 in BSU history in intentional walks (5; 1st), sacrifice flies (11; 1st), slugging percentage (.586; 2nd), triples (8; 2nd), home runs (21; 2nd), RBI (120; 2nd), total bases (280; 2nd), doubles (35; 3rd), hits (166; 4th), runs scored (99; 5th), stolen bases (24; 6th) and batting average (.347; 7th).

Olszewski, a sophomore catcher/outfielder from Alvin, Texas, earned his second All-NSIC nod after being named to the 2016 All-NSIC Second Team. He led BSU with 20 stolen bases and 13 doubles, while his stolen bases mark ranked second in the NSIC. He tied BSU’s all-time stolen bases record with 28 through his first two seasons. Olszewski’s doubles mark finished tied for seventh in the conference while he finished second on BSU in runs scored, hits, triples and walks. He finished the season on a 21-game on-base streak and 12-game hitting streak, both of which were BSU’s longest of the season.

Eckman, a senior shortstop from Little Falls, Minn., finished his final year with the program ranked second on the team with a .323 batting average, 71 total bases and nine doubles. He finished with 15 multiple-hit games for BSU, including the team’s only five-hit performance. Eckman led BSU with 53 hits and capped his career third all-time in program history in assists and fifth in most double plays turned. He ranked third in the NSIC in fielding assists after starting 125 of 134 games played in as a Beaver.

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).