Baseball - Tue, May 4, 2010
CHICAGO - When playing a sport at the collegiate level, most student-athletes want to enter each season, work hard and try to improve on their production from the previous year in an effort to finish off their playing careers at the highest level. For Saint Xavier University senior first baseman Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), this ideology has not just been a desire, but a way of life over the past four years. Tezak currently leads the offense of the Cougar baseball team in hits (64), home runs (13), total bases (119) and RBI (76). In his first full season playing at first base, Tezak has been just as tough defensively for SXU totaling a team-best 379 putouts with just two errors for a stellar .995 fielding percentage, the team's top percentage among starters. He also leads the nation at the NAIA level in RBI per game average at 1.62.
"To have the type of senior season that Ken is having is beyond description," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley. "He has been a RBI machine since the season started back in February and has never had a lull. Ken has tremendous power in his swing and is one of the team's hardest workers. What impresses me most of all, however, is how well he has played defensively at first base this season."
To put Tezak's numbers in perspective, they have to be compared to his 2009 totals where he earned All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) first team honors as a junior. Over 55 games in 2009, he hit .362 with 67 hits, including 12 doubles, four triples and nine homers. Tezak also posted 58 RBI and had 40 runs scored last year. In just 47 games thus far this season, he is batting .393 with 64 hits, including 10 doubles, three triples and 13 homers. He has surpassed both his 2009 totals in both runs scored and RBI with 49 and 76, respectively. Tezak also has a chance to tie or break the single-season RBI record (93) at SXU, a 24-year-old mark set by Larry Zunica back in 1986. Saint Xavier (32-14-1 overall/20-7 CCAC) takes on CCAC foe Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Wednesday, May 5, for its final regular season home game of the 2010 season. The Cougars then wrap up their regular season on Thursday, May 6, with a doubleheader against the Wolves at 2 p.m. in Milwaukee.