Cody Selig tied a Morningside record with nine pitching victories during the 2015 baseball season.
Cody Selig, a freshman pitcher from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, made an immediate impact with the Mustangs’ baseball team when he tied the school record for pitching victories during the 2015 campaign.
Selig posted a 9-1 record with a 3.59 earned run average to tie the Morningside record for pitching victories in a season previously set by Roger Van Bergen, who went 9-0 for the college’s 1964 North Central Conference championship team. Selig struck out a team-high 76 batters in 67.2 innings pitched for the sixth highest single-season strikeout total in Morningside history. His 67.2 innings pitched was the 10th highest total in the Mustangs’ annals. Selig pitched the Mustangs’ only shutout of the season with a nine-inning three-hitter in a 6-0 triumph over Hastings College in the first round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Post-Season Tournament.
Jacob Lamoreux, a sophomore outfielder from Le Mars, Iowa, also had a record tying performance. Lamoreux topped the Mustangs with 201 at-bats to tie a school record previously set by Casey Baker in the 2000 season. Lamoreux collected a team-high 72 hits en route to a .358 batting average and led the team with four triples and 51 runs scored. His 72 hits was the fifth highest single-season total in Morningside history and his four triples ranked eighth. Lamoreux was the Mustangs’ best contact hitter with only 12 strikeouts in 201 at-bats.
Nate Clark, a senior third baseman-first baseman from Des Moines, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ leading hitter with 64 hits in 176 at-bats for a .364 batting average to go along with a team-high 19 doubles for the second highest total in Morningside history. Clark led the Mustangs with a .511 slugging percentage and was their co-leader with 18 multiple hit games. He had the Mustangs’ longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 15 consecutive games from Feb. 21 to March 13.
Blake Meacham, a sophomore first baseman from Sioux City, was the Mustangs’ top power hitter and run producer with a team-high four home runs and 38 RBIs. He hit .337 and was the Mustangs’ co-leader with 18 multiple hit games.
Nolan Hoff, a junior catcher from Walnut, Calif., hit .292 and led the Mustangs with 28 walks and six sacrifices.
Ryan DeVries, a freshman outfielder from Omaha, Neb., batted .331 and led the Mustangs with a .441 on-base percentage.
Derek Clayton, a sophomore outfielder from Omaha, was the Mustangs’ top threat on the base paths with a team-high 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts to compliment a .298 batting average.
Jared Novotny, a sophomore relief pitcher from Ashland, Neb., had a team-high seven saves and topped the team with a 2.80 earned run average as the Mustangs’ closer. Novotny, who struck out 42 batters in 35.1 innings, posted the seventh highest save total in Morningside history.
Lance Spongberg, a junior pitcher from Sutton, Neb., was the workhorse of the Mustangs’ staff with a team-high five complete games and 74 innings pitched for the third highest inning log in school history. Spongberg, who posted a 7-6 record with a 4.01 earned run average, had 69 strikeouts for the seventh highest total in Morningside history.
Morningside posted a 35-18 record during the 2015 season and finished third in the GPAC standings with an 11-9 league record. The 35 victories gave the Mustangs five 30-win seasons in the last eight years.