Northern Sun Conference 2010 Postseason Awards


The Northern Sun Conference announced their 2010 Post Season Award winners today – NSIC Awards Press Release

#23 Nate Baumann
(OF/C, 6-1, 200, Jr., R/R, Marshall, Minn. /Marshall HS)
Augustana College

Nate Baumann was picked by the league coaches at the 2010 NSIC Baseball Player of the Year. Baumann led the NSIC in hitting (.476), slugging percentage (.857) and runs scored (55). He was second in total bases (108), tied for third in hits (60) and was fourth in on base percentage (.537), plate appearance (147) and in homeruns (11). His 41 runs batted in placed him seventh in the league. He was also picked as the NSIC Player of the Week on May 6th after he batted .630 for the week with five homeruns.

#37 Blake Schwartz
(RHP, 6-3, 205, So., R/R, Rosemount, Minn. / Rosemount HS)
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Blake Schwartz was deemed NSIC Pitcher of the Year by the league coaches after he led the NSIC in starts (9), wins (7) and innings pitched (59.0). His 2.59 ERA was the second lowest in the NSIC this season and his 21 runs allowed (17 earned) was tied for fifth best. His 45 strikeouts were also good for fifth in the league while he held his opponents’ batting average to .241 (sixth best in the NSIC). Schwartz was named NSIC Pitcher of the Week on May 6th after he pitched a 5-0 complete game shutout over St. Cloud State.

#7 Deryk Marks
(IF/C, 5-10, 180, R/R, Jr., Cottage Grove, Minn. / Iowa Central CC)
Augustana College

Derek Marks was chosen as the NSIC Newcomer of the Year after leading the league in runs batted in (54) and double (16). He was second in hits (61) and sac flies (4) and third in hitting (.459), at bats (133) and total bases (104). He was eighth in the league with nine homeruns and ninth in slugging percentage (.782). Marks was named NSIC Player of the Week on February 9th he batted .833 (5-6) at the Metrodome against Rockhurst.

#14 Jordan Smith
(OF, 6-4, 205, FR., R/L, Willmar, Minn. / Willmar HS)
St. Cloud State

Jordan Smith was voted NSIC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches. Smith was third in the leage in slugging percentage (.829) and fifth in total bases (97). He was sixth in runs scored (41) and seventh in on base percentage (.511) and doubles (13). His 51 hits and 40 runs batted in were tied for eighth best in the league while his .436 batting average was tenth best. Smith was named NSIC Player of the Week twice during the season (March 8th and April 24th).

Bob Rients
5th Season
Minnesota Duluth

Bob Rients was voted by his peers as the 2010 NSIC Coach of the Year after he led the Bulldogs to a 22-10 league record and a tie for fourth place. The Bulldogs, predicted to finish ninth in the NSIC Coaches’ Preseason Poll, picked up six more league wins than a year ago and moved up five spots in the conference standings after going 16-16 last season for a ninth place league finish.

In his fifth season as head coach of the Bulldogs, Rients first arrived on the UMD campus in the fall of 1997 after transferring from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He lettered two years (1998-99) with the Bulldogs as an outfielder before moving on to the coaching arena.

Rients, a native of Elysian, Minn., earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from UMD in 2000 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education.

They also announced their First Team All-Conference, Second Team All-Conference and Gold Glove Teams –




Congratulations to all of the award winners.

12 Responses to “Northern Sun Conference 2010 Postseason Awards”

  1. 1 John Plasha Sr. May 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Congrats to all the young men listed above. Many deserving names and some great ballplayers.

    • 2 fishingmn May 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Hey – they have a Gold Glove team!

      Congrats to Junior. It’s not the way Wayne wanted it to end but there have been A LOT more wins and high points over the past 4 years than down times.

      • 3 John Plasha Sr. May 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks Fish. Your right about the high points. Not once has he or I regreted commimg west. Going to the Regional Final last year was one of the highlights but there were many many more. Probably the best was seeing his face light up today when he heard about the Gold Glove. That’s the thing he takes the most pride in. Defense! He’s a Catcher inside and out.

  2. 4 IMAFAN May 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    No way is Hattori, Kosuke the 2nd best 3rd baseman in the NSIC there are 3 better than him. How does the selection process work? Look at his stats!
    He stold a bunch of bases. He only batted 324 with that speed????? Com’on

  3. 5 Dave May 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Just wanted to come back for a quick note to say congrats to Sr and cu17dad for their sons’ postseason awards. Both are very deserving.

    Glad to see a gold glove category to recognize defensive efforts. One other indication of how good Mr. Plasha is: I was at the Wayne game today (and yesterday obviously) watching with my dad. Toward the end of the Wayne game today, as John made his umpteenth wild pitch block of the game, my dad (who was a college catcher himself) commented about what a good catcher Wayne had.

    Anyway, sorry to see your son’s team go out so quickly, Sr. I can only imagine how tough it must be. I wish your son well and hope you’ll pop your head up here a bit next year too.

    • 6 John Plasha Sr. May 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

      Thanks for stopping back in with the kind words. I know you guys lost yesterday but from looking at the box score I’m sure you were proud on the inside. Your right about it being tough knowing it’s over. As a matter of fact I just dropped 4 bills changing our air tickets from Sunday to this evening. Couldn’t handel another elevator door opening and seeing a pile of ballplayers cramed inside and none of them belonging to me.

      Was gonna stop over the ballpark and say hello on the way to the airport but looking outside I can see that’s gonna have to wait till next year. Good luck tomorrow and to all the NSIC teams next week at Regionals.

  4. 7 CU17Dad May 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for the congrats for my son. I appreciate the warm receptions for his talents.

    Sr. I am glad your son played well in his final game as a college player. His talents behind the plate were more than stellar. Hopefully you will pop in next year to the blog if it up again next year.

    This site is an awesome place to read and share comments. For the most part it is very enlightening and intelligent sharing of passion about baseball.

    Thanks again Fish for taking the time to keep this alive.

  5. 8 nsic fan May 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Congrats to all on the teams. Curious, what stats are used to determine the teams? Conference only or entire season? It is clear the defensive stats are not considered, if so , the teams would look different. I would rather have a player who contributes to all sides of the ball, not just a stick. Congrats to all players.

    • 9 John Plasha Sr. May 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      nsic fan,
      You are correct (in my opinion) the 1st and 2ed team consist of players at that position who had very productive offensive seasons. And to a certian extent that should be a consideration for the award. But you are also correct that defensive accomplishments should figure into the equation but rarely do. But things are looking up! This year the NSIC decided to name a Gold Glove Team based on defensive stats which is a good thing. At the next level there is a GG team picked for all of the Regions thru-out the country (8 Total) From these 8 regional selections there is one National Gold Glove Winner for each of the 9 positions which is announced at the Div. 2 World Series in Cary N.C. 2 weeks from now. To bad the NSIC didn’t have the same award last season and neither did the Central Region which was the only region in the country that didn’t announce a GG team. Saddest part of all is that 9 young men didn’t recieve regional recogniztion and possibly 1 or 2 who didn’t get national acolades because somebody dropped the ball with the nomination process

      • 10 nsic fan May 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

        So, do they use the conference only stats or entire season?

      • 11 fishingmn May 8, 2010 at 6:05 am

        “somebody dropped the ball with the nomination process”

        And the blame for last years slight goes to …. Coach Mags from Wayne State who was the Central Region representative.

  6. 12 Wow May 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    They use only the conference stats for conference awards.

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