June 5, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Four Grand Valley State baseball players have been named honorable mention All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association recently, as Anthony Campanella, Giancarlo Brugnoni, Kyle Teague and Kevin Zak all earned the honors.
Senior starting pitchers Campanella and Teague after helping lead the Lakers to one of the best team ERAs in school history.
Campanella finished the season 10-5 with a 2.24 ERA, five complete games, three shutouts and 54 strikeouts in 104.2 innings pitched. He is only the second Laker to ever pass the 100 inning mark in a season and his three shutouts this year gave him five for his career, a new career record.
Teague went 8-3 with a team-leading 1.69 ERA, six complete games, two shutouts and 83 strikeouts in 90.1 innings of work with a .193 batting average against. Teague did his best work of the season against the highest competition, throwing two complete games at the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals, including a five-hit shutout of top-ranked Tampa en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Teague set a single game record this year with 14 strikeouts against Bellarmine at the Midwest Regional Tournament.
Brugnoni, a junior first baseman, had a record-setting year of his own, tying the GVSU career mark for home runs this season. Brugnoni finished the year hitting .321 with 59 hits, 47 runs, 15 doubles, 13 home runs, 55 RBI and a .636 slugging percentage. He led the team in homers, RBI, total bases (117) and slugging percentage. He now has 32 career home runs, tying him for the top spot in school history with Dustin Vugteveen (2000-01).
Zak, a sophomore second baseman, led the team in hitting, batting .387 with a team-high 82 hits and 49 runs scored. He had 14 doubles, two home runs, 38 RBI, a .491 slugging percentage and a .431 on-base percentage with 12 stolen bases. In only two years' time, Zak has already racked up 154 hits, the second-highest total on the team going in to the 2014 season (Brugnoni - 167) and is a career .382 hitter, the 10th-highest career batting average in school history so far.
The Lakers just finished off one of the best seasons in school history, winning three games at the national finals and earning the second-best finish in team history (third).
To view the entire list of 2013 Division II All-Americans, please click here.