UNO's Keele, SDSU's Somsen Earn Top Baseball Honors
ELMHURST, Ill. - Summit League regular season champion Omaha, along with North Dakota State, led the way as both schools placed six selections on the baseball all-league teams. The awards were announced at the banquet Wednesday night and were voted on by the league's head coaches.
Omaha's Ryan Keele was named the league's Player and Newcomer of the Year, while his head coach Bob Herold earned Coach of the Year honors. South Dakota State's Layne Somsen received the Pitcher of the Year award.
Keele earns Player and Newcomer of the Year honors after leading the league with a .461 average in league contests and was ranked second in all games at .385. The transfer from Northwestern State University led the league in five offensive categories and was second in two at the conclusion of the regular season. He is first in home runs (6), runs batted in (33), total bases (89) and slugging percentage (.571), while ranking second in hits (60) and on-base percentage (.463). In league games, the senior outfielder was first in homers (5), doubles (8), runs batted in (24), total bases (66), on-base percentage (.519) and slugging percentage (.742). He had 22 walks and just 14 strikeouts in 187 plate appearances. Keele was a four-time Player of the Week recipient this season and helped lead the Mavericks to the regular season title.
Somsen records his first career Pitcher of the Year award after leading his Jackrabbit squad and ranking third in the league with a 1.91 ERA this season. The senior had a 4-4 overall mark this season with 73 strikeouts in 75.1 innings pitched while holding the opposition to a .202 batting average, which ranks second in the league. He has surrendered just 16 earned runs while tossing one complete game entering tournament play. Somsen earned the league's Pitcher of the Week award on March 18.
Herold captures his first Coach of the Year award after guiding Omaha to a 20-6 league record and 27-22 overall mark. The Mavericks won the regular season title in their first year in the league and just the second year at the Division I level. It was also Omaha's first Division I conference championship in any sport. The Mavs led the way in league games with a .332 batting average and were second as a pitching staff with a 3.82 ERA.
The Summit League Championship begins Thursday, in Rochester, Mich., with No. 1 South Dakota State facing No. 4 Western Illinois at Noon (ET), followed by host and second-seeded Oakland vs. No. 3 North Dakota State at 3 p.m. (ET). The double elimination tournament continues with three games on Friday and the championship game(s) slated for Saturday.
2013 BASEBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS/AWARDS
|Cory Buckley, Omaha||1B||Sr.||Bellevue, Neb.|
|Wes Satzinger, North Dakota State||2B||Jr.||Andover, Minn.|
|Tyler Splichal, Omaha||3B||Jr.||Bellevue, Neb.|
|Jameson Henning, Western Illinois||SS||Fr.||Janesville, Wis.|
|Tim Colwell, North Dakota State||OF||Jr.||Shoreview, Minn.|
|Ryan Keele, Omaha||OF||Sr.||Bellevue, Neb.|
|Kyle Kleinendorst, North Dakota State||OF||Jr.||Grand Rapids, Minn.|
|Alex Mortensen, Omaha||C||So.||Omaha, Neb.|
|Daniel Telford, South Dakota State||DH||Sr.||Newmarket, Ontario|
|Jon Hechtner, North Dakota State||UTL||Fr.||Omaha, Neb.|
|Stephen Bougher, South Dakota State||SP||Sr.||Papillion, Neb.|
|Jason Hager, Oakland||SP||Jr.||Swartz Creek, Mich.|
|Layne Somsen, South Dakota State||SP||Sr.||Yankton, S.D.|
|Russell Luxton, Jr., Oakland||RP||Sr.||Oxford, Mich.|
|Steve Kedroski, Western Illinois
||Crystal Lake, Ill.|
|Clayton Taylor, Omaha
|John Skrbec, North Dakota State
||3B||So.||Grand Rapids, Minn.|
|Clay Hathaway, Fort Wayne
||SS||Sr.||Show Low, Ariz.
|Neil DeCook, Western Illinois
|Robby Enslen, Oakland
|Tyler Shepherd, Fort Wayne
|Caleb Fenimore, Fort Wayne
|Brett Bass, Omaha
|Steve Lowden, Fort Wayne
||UTL||Jr.||Fort Wayne, Ind.
|Adam Bray, South Dakota State
||SP||So.||Eden Prairie, Minn.
|Aaron Michel, Western Illinois||SP||Fr.||Decatur, Ill.|
|John Straka, North Dakota State||SP||Sr.||Chaska, Minn.|
|J.D. Moore, South Dakota State||RP||So.||Mississauga, Ontario|
|Player of the Year: Ryan Keele, Omaha|
|Pitcher of the Year: Layne Somsen, South Dakota State|
|Newcomer of the Year: Ryan Keele, Omaha|
|Coach of the Year: Bob Herold, Omaha|