Baseball - Thu, Jun. 4, 2009
Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University junior lefthander Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and junior shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) were both named 2009 NAIA Baseball All-Americans in their respective positions when the NAIA recently announced the honors from its national office in Kansas City, Mo. Koehn was one of just 17 players nationally to earn a spot on the first team, while O'Brien was named to the honorable mention squad. In addition, junior outfielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton), junior catcher/outfielder Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and sophomore first baseman Matt Erickson (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) were all named 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes.
Koehn led the NAIA in earned run average (ERA) at 1.00 over 12 starts and 72.0 innings pitched this season. He finished the year with a 9-1 record and was also named the 2009 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Pitcher of the Year. O'Brien led SXU in several statistical categories in 2009, including batting average (.424), doubles (17), triples (5), RBI (72) and assists (139). He was also an All-CCAC First Team selection and CCAC Gold Glove Team member along with Koehn.
To be named a Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale and be a junior in academic standing with one full academic year completed at the nominating institution. In total, 239 baseball players from 104 NAIA institutions were recognized as 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Saint Xavier ended its 2009 season at the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round in Rome, Ga., and finished with an overall record of 41-15. The Cougars qualified for the postseason by winning the CCAC with a 25-5 mark.