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Three Wayne State players earn All-Region baseball honors

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Eric Browning, CJ Nolen & Curtis Bussard have received all-region honors. Eric Browning, CJ Nolen & Curtis Bussard have received all-region honors.
WAYNE, Neb. - Three Wayne State baseball players received additional post-season honors over the weekend as sophomore pitcher Eric Browning was named to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-Central Region First Team and NCBWA (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association) Second Team All-Central Region announced Saturday.  Senior first baseman CJ Nolen and sophomore outfielder Curtis Bussard each received Central Region Gold Glove honors from Rawlings and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Browning, a 6-1 190 pound sophomore pitcher from Lyons, Nebraska (Bancroft-Rosalie HS), was a First Team All-NSIC and Daktronics All-Central Region First Team selection for the Wildcats after posting an 8-3 record this season with a 1.93 ERA. He had three complete games and three shutouts and struck out 76 batters in 65.1 innings pitched while allowing just 14 earned runs on 48 hits.  Browning ranked second in the NSIC this season in strikeouts per game (10.33) and was third in the league in earned run average, opponent batting average (.205), strikeouts and wins. He allowed just one home run all season.  Browning’s season was highlighted by a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 4-0 win at Minnesota Crookston on April 18th.

Nolen, a 6-0 185 pound senior first baseman from Sioux City, Iowa (West HS), was an NSIC Gold Glove selection at first base this season while recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage without making an error at first base.  He was credited with a team-high 334 putouts and 17 assists defensively.  At the plate, Nolen ranked third on the team with a .307 batting average, recording one home run and 26 RBI’s (third highest on the team.)

Bussard, 6-0 170 pound sophomore outfielder/relief pitcher, received NSIC Gold Glove honors as an outfielder while also being named Second Team All-NSIC as a relief pitcher.  Defensively in center field, Bussard did not record an error this season while notching 64 putouts and 12 assists with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.  At the plate, he posted the second-highest batting average on the team at .312 with one home run, 11 doubles and 15 RBI’s.  As a relief pitcher, Bussard made 20 appearances and had a 2-1 record with a 1.69 ERA.  He tied a school record with nine saves this season, working 21.1 innings and allowing just four earned runs with 26 strikeouts and 12 hits.

Wayne State finished the season 27-24 overall and eighth place in the NSIC with an 18-15 league mark.  It was the 17th straight winning season for the Wildcat baseball program.
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