DSU well represented on All-Region Team
May 23, 2013 | 544 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CLEVELAND — Six members of the Delta State University Statesmen Baseball team were honored with National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association All-South Region selections.

Head coach Mike Kinnison was named the 2013 NCBWA All-South Region Coach of the Year after leading the Statesmen to the South Regional while maintaining the No. 1 ranking for most of the season in a year the Statesmen finished 44-11-1.

Four Statesmen were named to the NCBWA All-South Region First Team.

Tyler Aldridge, who started the season with a 28-game hit streak, earned a first team selection at third base. The Steens, Miss. native batted .384 on the year with 41 RBIs and a .452 on-base percentage. Aldridge also led the Statesmen with 21 stolen bases.

Statesmen starting pitchers Josh Branstetter and Michael Manley also earned first team selections. The duo combined for 18 wins on the year. Manley (9-0, 1.93 ERA) had 84 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched while limiting batters to a .190 batting average. Branstetter (9-2, 1.68 ERA) had 74 strikeouts to just 16 walks and gave up only 74 hits on the season, a .221 batting average against.

Ben Kingsley was also named to the first team as a designated hitter. Kingsley led the Statesmen with six homeruns on the year and 61 RBIs and hit .372 in 55 games played on the season. 24 of Kingsley's 81 hits were for extra bases, including 17 doubles. The senior also had 12 stolen bases this season.

Jordan Chovanec was also recognized, being named honorable mention All-South Region. The outfielder and Statesmen lead-off hitter batted .347 on the year with 30 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits, including five triples. Chovanec also had 21 walks and an on-base percentage of .436. The senior had 20 stolen bases on the year.