Nathan DeChaine was named to the honorable mention list of the NAIA All-America Baseball Team.
Nathan DeChaine, a sophomore third baseman from Brainerd, Minn., was named to the honorable mention list of the 2016 NAIA All-America Baseball Team.
DeChaine collected 74 hits in 204 at-bats for a .363 batting average with a team-high 17 doubles, 16 home runs, and 67 RBIs. He also topped the Mustangs with 141 total bases, 28 walks, and a .691 slugging percentage and ranked second on the team with 74 hits and 57 runs scored. His 16 home runs and 67 RBIs were the second highest single-season totals in Morningside history.
He went on a power hitting surge to lead the Mustangs to three straight victories to win the Briar Cliff Bracket of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament. DeChaine went three-for-six with two home runs, a season’s high seven RBIs, and three runs scored in a 17-10 opening round victory against Mount Marty College, went three-for-four with two doubles and two runs scored in a 15-11 triumph against Hastings College in the winner’s bracket final, and went two-for-three with two home runs, five RBIs, and two runs scored in a 9-4 victory against Briar Cliff in the championship game.
DeChaine was named to the 2016 All-GPAC First Team after he earned second-team honors as a freshman. DeChaine has a .355 batting average with 28 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, and 97 RBIs after his first two seasons at Morningside.
The Mustangs posted a 44-16 record this past season to set a school record for victories. Morningside competed in the Tabor Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship for its first national tourney appearance since it competed in the 1960 NAIA World Series.
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