Four Duhawks named to the 2011 All-IIAC Baseball Teams
Senior Austin Brown led the Duhawks in average and had just one error in 2011
Senior Austin Brown led the Duhawks in average and had just one error in 2011
Thu, May. 19, 2011 - [Baseball]

2011 All-IIAC Baseball Teams

The Iowa Conference released the 2011 All-IIAC Baseball Teams on Wednesday night and the list included four Duhawks.

Headlining Loras' selections were first team picks Austin Brown, a senior outfielder from Dyersville, Iowa and Kendall Paluch, a first-year pitcher from Joliet, Illinois.

Brown played 37 of Loras' 39 games in center field and hit a team high .385. He was 10-of-12 in stolen bases and led the team in hits, doubles, RBI, runs scored, and total bases. He also hit safely in Loras' first 20 games back to the Midwest after the annual Florida trip and was among the toughest to strike out in all of NCAA Division III, going down on strikes just eight times in 130 at bats. He was third in the IIAC in batting average and sixth in slugging. Brown registered 12 multi-hit games (including 5-for-5 efforts twice) and eight multi-RBI games. He committed just one error in 86 chances.

Paluch made a name for himself quickly in 2011, earning a team high six wins on the mound for the Duhawks. He gave up four earned runs in March and four in April to lead the league with a miniscule 1.20 ERA in 60 innings of work. Paluch earned non-conference wins over Carleton (in relief), Washington & Jefferson, and Dominican as well as league wins over Dubuque (twice) and Cornell. The Cornell win was a seven inning no-hitter, Loras' first since 1994. Paluch never gave up more than five hits in his eight starts and opponents hit just .146 against him. He was seventh in the Iowa Conference in strikeouts and is currently third in NCAA Division III in hits allowed per nine innings and eighth in ERA.

BJ Juergens, a junior from Dubuque, was named to the second team. Juergens was second on the team in hitting at .383, led the team in on base percentage at .426, and was second in runs and slugging percentage, and third in RBI from his first base position.

Spencer Radabaugh, a junior from Dyersville, Iowa and the Duhawks' closer for two years now, was noted on the Honorable Mention list. Radabaugh tied the single season record for saves with five this year, and broke the school record with eight in his two years with the Duhawks. He struck out 22 batters in 19.1 innings of work and had an ERA of 1.86, winning twice and losing once.