BURNSVILLE - Three Bemidji State University baseball players have been honored by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Sophomore Zach Braun and junior Logan Kalis were named All-NSIC First Team and junior Jaryd Marks was selected All-NSIC Second Team in his first season as a Beaver.
Braun was named a first team catcher and Kalis was the top designated hitter, selected by the NSIC coaches. Marks, a junior college transfer from Iowa Lakes Community College, was named a second team first baseman.
The selections of Braun and Kalis mark the first time BSU has had two first team honorees in the same season since 2004 when Shawn Ross and Jon Czech were named to the squad.
Braun led the Beavers in batting average (.391) and was fifth in the NSIC. His .578 slugging percentage tied with Kalis for the team lead and ranked 13th in the league while his .477 on-base percentage was fifth in the conference.
In 128 at-bats he recorded 50 hits, 32 RBI, 28 runs scored, nine doubles, five home runs and 74 total bases. In 24 starts he recorded 143 putouts as a catcher with six assists and six errors.
Kalis has improved in each season at BSU and took a large step forward in 2012.
He played designated hitter as well as left field, first base and pitcher.
The junior batted .323 in 2012 and led the team in home runs (10), RBI (43), runs scored (38), total bases (93) and triples (3). His home run total finished tied for third in the NSIC and 39th in the nation.
On the mound he started 10 times, threw three complete games, appeared in 13 contests and posted one save. In 59.2 innings pitched he allowed 56 runs (42 earned) on 78 hits with 44 strikeouts and 26 walks.
Marks finished 2012 second on the team in batting average (.337), while leading the Beavers in hits (62) and doubles (12). His hit total ranked him fifth in the league while his 184 at bats led the team and ranked fifth in the conference.
Marks was also a regular on the mound for BSU and paced the team with a 4.08 ERA. He posted a 4-3 record in 15 appearances and seven starts with a team-best four complete games and two saves. He hurled 57.1 innings and allowed 40 runs (26 earned) on 64 hits with 43 strikeouts and 21 walks.