Omaha, SDSU lead way with eight #SummitBSB All-League selections

Three different teams were represented among the 2019 Summit League's baseball individual award winners.
Three different teams were represented among the 2019 Summit League's baseball individual award winners.
TULSA, Okla. -- Regular-season champion Omaha and runner-up South Dakota State each had eight selections on the #SummitBSB All-League teams announced Tuesday at the annual banquet on the eve of the 2019 Championship. The league's six head coaches voted on the first and second teams along with the league's four individual awards.

Omaha's Payton Kinney was named the Pitcher of the Year, while his skipper Evan Porter earned Coach of the Year accolades. Kinney and Porter helped guide the Mavericks to their first regular-season title since 2014.

Oral Roberts' Spencer Henson collected Player of the Year honors, giving a Golden Eagle that honor in three consecutive seasons and for the 19th time since 1998. North Dakota State rookie Max Loven was named the Newcomer of the Year.
 
Kinney went 9-1 in 14 starts and led the league with a 1.88 ERA. He led all hurlers with six league wins and fanned 66 batters in 72.2 innings of league action.
 
Porter and the Mavericks raced out of the gates, sweeping their first four conference series en route to tying a program record with 20 league wins. That win total doubled the number of league victories the Mavericks had in 2018.  Omaha will be the No. 1 seed at the Baseball Championship for the first time in school history.

Henson registered his second straight Summit League Triple Crown after leading the league in batting average (.372), home runs (17) and RBI (49). In league play, he boasted a .520 on-base percentage, walking 28 times to go with 35 hits and a league-best 11 round-trippers. 

Loven becomes the first Bison to win the league's Newcomer of the Year honor after posting a 4-1 record and 3.14 ERA in league play. His 2.74 ERA in 13 overall starts was second only to Kinney among league pitchers as struck out 75 in 88.2 innings of work.  
  
The Summit League Championship begins Wednesday, in Tulsa, Okla., with No. 1 seed Omaha facing No. 4 seed Western Illinois at Noon (CT). Third-seeded and host Oral Roberts will then take on No. 2 seed South Dakota State at 6 p.m. (CT). The double-elimination tournament continues with two games Thursday, one game Friday and the championship game(s) slated for Saturday.

2019 BASEBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS/AWARDS

First Team
Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown
**Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts 1B Jr. Pryor, Okla.
Hunter Wilson, Oral Roberts 2B Sr. Spiro, Okla.
Breyden Eckhout, Omaha 3B Jr. Amherst, Neb.
**Gus Steiger, South Dakota State SS So. Minnetonka, Minn.
Drue Galassi, Western Illinois OF Jr. Peoria, Ill.
Parker Smejkal, Omaha OF Jr. Columbus, Neb.
**Nick Smith, South Dakota State OF Sr. Chanhassen, Minn.
Josh Falk, South Dakota State DH Jr. Minnetonka, Minn.
Isaac Coffey, Oral Roberts UT Fr. Goleta, Calif.
**C.J. Schaeffer, Western Illinois C Sr. Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Javin Drake, Western Illinois SP Jr. Wilton, Iowa
Payton Kinney, Omaha SP Sr. Firth, Neb.
Max Loven, North Dakota State SP Fr. Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Brett Barnett, South Dakota State RP So. Indianola, Iowa
 
Second Team
Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Drew Beazley, South Dakota State 1B Fr. Johnston, Iowa
Braeden Brown, South Dakota State 2B Jr. Burlington, Iowa
Charley Hesse, North Dakota State 3B So. Mendota Heights, Minn.
Keil Krumwiede, Omaha SS Jr. Glasgow, Mont.
Blake Hall, Oral Roberts OF Jr. Magnolia, Ark.
**Thomas DeBonville, Omaha OF Sr. Silverthorne, Colo.
Andrew Pace, Oral Roberts OF Sr. Beaumont, Texas
Trevor McCutchin, Oral Roberts DH Sr. Owasso, Okla.
Grant Suponchick, Omaha UT Sr. Papillion, Neb.
Brett Bonar, Omaha C Jr. Rose Hill, Kan.
Nic McCay, South Dakota State SP Fr. Carlisle, Iowa
***Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts SP Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State SP Jr. Sioux Falls, S.D.
Cal Hehnke, Omaha RP Sr. Grand Island, Neb.
 
Player of the Year: Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts
 
Pitcher of the Year: Payton Kinney, Omaha
 
Newcomer of the Year: Max Loven, North Dakota State
 
Coach of the Year: Evan Porter, Omaha
** Two-time all-league honoree
*** Three-time all-league honoree
 
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