Nate Clark, Jacob Lamoreux, and Cody Selig were all named to the 2015 All-GPAC Baseball First Team.
Morningside College’s Nate Clark, Jacob Lamoreux, and Cody Selig were all named to the 2015 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball First Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Clark, a senior first baseman-third baseman from Des Moines, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ leading hitter this season with 64 hits in 176 at-bats for a .364 batting average. He had 19 doubles, two triples, one home run, 31 RBIs, and four stolen bases. Clark led the Mustangs with his 19 doubles and a .511 slugging percentage. He hit safely in 40 of his 48 games played and was the Mustangs’ co-leader with 18 multiple hit games. Clark had the Mustangs’ longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 15 straight games from Feb. 21 to March 13
Clark, a repeat first-team All-GPAC selection, hit .368 with 34 doubles, three triples, six home runs, and 71 RBIs over his two-year Morningside career.
Lamoreux, a sophomore outfielder from Le Mars, Iowa, was also a repeat first-team All-GPAC selection. Lamoreux collected a team-high 72 hits in 201 at-bats to finish second on the Mustangs with a .358 batting average. He had 13 doubles, a team-high four triples, one home run, 31 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and a team-high 51 runs scored. Lamoreux was the Mustangs’ best contact hitter with only 12 strikeouts in 201 at-bats. He struck only one time in 70 at-bats during a 22-game span from March 20 to April 14.
Lamoreux has a .374 batting average after the first two seasons of his collegiate career.
Selig, a freshman pitcher from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was the ace of the Mustangs’ pitching staff with a 9-1 record and a 3.59 earned run average to set a school record for wins in a season. Selig allowed 66 hits in 67.2 innings pitched and topped the team with 76 strikeouts. Selig completed two of his team-high 12 starts and pitched the Mustangs’ only shutout of the season when he blanked Hastings College on three hits in a 6-0 victory in the first round of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament.
In addition to their three first-team selections, the Mustangs placed Nathan DeChaine and Jared Novotny on the All-GPAC Second Team.
DeChaine, a freshman third baseman from Brainerd, Minn., hit .341 with 11 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 30 RBIs, and three stolen bases. DeChaine was one of the Mustangs’ hottest hitters at the end of the season when he went 22-for-47 for a .468 batting average over his last 13 games.
Novotny, a sophomore relief pitcher from Ashland, Neb., had a 2-2 record with a team-high seven saves and a team-leading 2.80 earned run average as the Mustangs’ closer. Novotny allowed 36 hits and struck out 42 batters in 35.1 innings pitched. He topped the Mustangs’ hurlers with 32 appearances.
Morningside’s Blake Meacham, Lance Spongberg, Mike Thompson, and Jonathan Van Beek were all named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Meacham, a sophomore first baseman-outfielder from Sioux City, batted .337 with 12 doubles, one triple, and a team-high four home runs and 38 RBIs.
Spongberg, a junior pitcher from Sutton, Neb., had a 7-6 record with a 4.01 earned run average. He was the workhorse of the Mustangs’ pitching staff with a team-high 12 starts, five complete games, and 74 innings pitched.
Thompson, a junior catcher from Pasadena, Calif., hit .356 with seven doubles, one home run, and 27 RBIs.
Van Beek, a sophomore relief pitcher from Inwood, Iowa, had a 4-2 record with a 3.35 earned run average and allowed only 30 hits in 40.1 innings pitched.
Morningside posted a 35-18 record during the 2015 season and finished third in the GPAC standings with an 11-9 league record.
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