Young A NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete
Hansen And Horsley Named To All-GPAC First-Team
Scholten Notches Career Win No. 500
Manceaux Is Player Of The Week
Pitchers Josh Hansen, a junior from Onawa, Iowa, and Heath Horsley, a senior from Lawton, Iowa, challenged the Morningside College single-season record for pitching victories during the 2007 season.
The two aces, who were both named to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) first-team, combined for 14 of the Mustangs’ 22 victories. Each won seven games to finish one victory shy of Morningside’s single-season record.
Hansen posted a 7-4 record with a 3.47 earned run average and led the Mustangs’ hurlers with 72.2 innings pitched and 61 strikeouts. His 72.2 innings pitched was the second highest single-season total in Morningside history and just one inning shy of a school-record, while his 61 strikeouts was the fourth highest single-season total in the Mustangs’ annals. Hansen led the Mustangs with 12 starts and six complete games and was their co-leader with two shutouts.
Horsley went 7-3 and led the Mustangs’ starters with a 2.64 earned run average. He was the Mustangs’ co-leader with two shutouts and had the best control on the team with 22 base on balls in 61 innings pitched.
Eric Delich, a junior pitcher from Lansing, Kan., was the Mustangs’ relief ace with a 3-0 record, a team-high four saves, and a team-best 2.21 earned run average. Delich surrendered only 32 hits in 38 innings pitched and was the Mustangs’ only pitcher that allowed fewer hits than innings pitched.
The Mustangs’ leading hitter was Jason Engleman, a sophomore outfielder-third baseman from Hawarden, Iowa, who collected a team-high 51 hits in 150 at-bats for a .340 batting average. Engleman also led the Mustangs with 11 doubles, three triples, and a .493 slugging percentage.
Nick Paulsen, a sophomore first baseman from Sioux City topped the Mustangs with four home runs and 25 RBIs to compliment a .290 batting average.
Tom Kohl, a junior outfielder from Leavenworth, Kan., batted .307 and led the Mustangs with 42 runs scored, 25 stolen bases, and 25 base on balls.
Nate Gomez, a sophomore first baseman from Cherokee, Iowa, also drew 25 walks to share the team lead with Kohl.
Mark Martindale, a sophomore second baseman from South Sioux City, Neb., led the Mustangs with seven sacrifices and was the team’s toughest player to strike out with only nine strikeouts in 103 at-bats to compliment a .291 batting average.
Morningside posted a 22-23 record during the 2007 season and finished sixth in the GPAC standings with a 12-10 league record.
Ryne Young has been named a 2007 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Young, a senior outfielder from Sioux City, has a 3.88 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in elementary education.
He was a four-year letterwinner for the Mustangs. Young batted .261 in 28 games during the 2007 season.
Daktronics-NAIA Baseball All-America Scholar-Athletes must be of at least junior status and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
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Josh Hansen, a junior pitcher from Onawa, Iowa, and Heath Horsley, a senior pitcher from Lawton, Iowa, were each named to the first team of the 2007 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Hansen and Horsley each won seven games this season to finish one victory shy of the Morningside school record of eight triumphs in a season by Kirk Bennett in 1988, Joel Rosacker in 2002, and by Horsley in 2004.
Hansen finished the season with a 7-4 record with a 3.47 earned run average. He led the Mustangs’ pitchers with 12 starts, six complete games, 72.2 innings pitched, and 61 strikeouts and was their co-leader with two shutouts. Hansen, who allowed 74 hits and 38 base on balls in his 72.2 innings, finished one inning shy of the Mustangs’ single season record of 73.2 innings pitched by Grant Aschinger in 2005.
Horsley had the best record on the Mustangs’ pitching staff at 7-3, led the Mustangs’ starters with a 2.64 earned run average, and was the team’s co-leader with two shutouts. Horsley completed three of his 11 starts, allowed 65 hits, walked 22, and struck out 54 in 61 innings pitched.
In addition to their two first-team selections, the Mustangs’ Tom Kohl, a junior outfielder from Leavenworth, Kan., and David Manceaux, a sophomore catcher from Omaha, Neb., were named to the All-GPAC second-team.
Kohl batted .307 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 14 RBIs, and a team-high 42 runs scored and 25 stolen bases. Kohl, who committed only two errors all season and had a .983 fielding percentage, was also named to the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Baseball Gold Glove Team.
Manceaux hit .337 with seven doubles, two home runs, 18 RBIs, nine runs scored, and one stolen base.
Morningside’s Nick Paulsen, a sophomore designated hitter from Sioux City; Eric Delich, a junior pitcher from Lansing, Kan.; and Jason Engleman, a sophomore utility player from Hawarden, Iowa, were all named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Paulsen batted .290 with six doubles and a team-high four home runs and 25 RBIs.
Delich had a 3-0 record with a team-high 18 appearances and four saves. Delich, who also led the Mustangs with a 2.21 earned run average, allowed 32 hits to go with 22 walks and 24 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
Engleman was the Mustangs’ leading hitter with a .340 batting average with 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 24 RBIs, 30 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases. Engleman topped the Mustangs with his 11 doubles and three triples and also led the team with a .493 slugging percentage.
Morningside posted a 22-23 record for a 10-win improvement over the previous season and finished sixth in the GPAC standings with a 12-10 league record.
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Longtime head baseball coach Jim Scholten recorded the 500th victory of his Morningside College coaching career when the Mustangs defeated Dana College 9-6 in the second game of Wednesday’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) doubleheader in Sioux City.
Scholten is in his 24th season at Morningside. He guided the Mustangs to a 42-18-1 record during the 2005 campaign to set a school record for victories in a season. Morningside had a .697 winning percentage that season for the college’s best victory rate since a 15-6 finish (.714) in 1960.
Scholten, who was elected to the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997, compiled a 252-94 career record for a .728 winning percentage during a 12-year career in the high school ranks at Mason City Newman and Nevada. Scholten led Mason City Newman to the 1977 Iowa Class 1A state tournament and directed Nevada to five Heart of Iowa Conference championships during a seven-year span.
David Manceaux, a sophomore catcher from Omaha, Neb., has been named the NAIA Region III and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball Player of the Week after he helped lead the Mustangs to a 4-0 record last week.
Manceaux collected six hits in 10 at-bats for a .600 batting average with one double, two home runs, and three RBIs. His home runs came in an 8-5 win against Peru State College and an 8-4 triumph against St. Cloud State University.
Aside from his hitting exploits, Manceaux also threw out both runners who attempted to steal against him.
Morningside had won eight of its last 10 games to raise its record to 10-9. The Mustangs will host Midland Lutheran College to a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader on Friday in their GPAC opener.