Clark and Lamoreux named to All-GPAC First Team
Nate Clark and Jacob Lamoreux have been named to the 2014 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball First Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Clark, a junior infielder from Des Moines, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ second leading hitter this season with 67 hits in 180 at-bats for a .372 batting average. He was the team’s top power hitter and run producer with team-high totals of 15 doubles, five home runs, and 40 RBIs. Clark accounted for all but one of the Mustangs’ six home runs. Clark, who also topped the Mustangs with a .550 slugging percentage, had one triple, 38 runs scored, 22 base on balls, and seven stolen bases.
Lamoreux, a freshman outfielder from Le Mars, Iowa, was a first-year sensation for the Mustangs with 75 hits in 190 at-bats to lead the team with a .395 batting average. His 75 hits was the third highest single-season total in Morningside history. Lamoreux also led the Mustangs with three triples, 55 runs scored, 16 stolen bases, and a .461 on-base percentage. He finished second on the team with 13 doubles.
The Mustangs’ Derek Appley, David Foley, Blake Meacham, John Sorenson, and Lance Spongberg were all named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Appley, a senior pitcher from Akron, Iowa, had a 3-1 record with a 3.67 earned run average. He allowed 43 hits and had 27 walks and 48 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.
Foley, a freshman second baseman from Omaha, Neb., hit .299 with three doubles, 19 RBIs, 23 runs scored, and eight stolen bases.
Meacham, a freshman outfielder from Sioux City, batted .291 with five doubles, 26 RBIs, 18 runs scored, and seven stolen bases.
Sorenson, a senior relief pitcher from Omaha, Neb., had a 3-0 record with a school-record 11 saves and a 3.34 earned run average. He allowed 31 hits and had 10 walks and 30 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched.
Spongberg, a sophomore pitcher from Sutton, Neb., was the Mustangs’ ace with a 5-4 record and a 3.21 earned run average to lead the team in wins and ERA. Spongberg had a team-high 57 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched. He allowed 53 hits and 26 walks.
Morningside posted a 27-25 record and finished fourth in the GPAC standings with an 11-9 record during the 2014 season.
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