Young, Kremer earn All-NSIC baseball accolades

Southwest Minnesota State senior outfielder Kyle Young was named to the 2013 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team and sophomore designated hitter Steven Kremer was named to the All-NSIC second team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Young is the first Mustang player to make the all-conference first team since pitcher Adam Schrader made the cut in 2010.

A native of Scandia, Young started in 40 of 41 games and led SMSU in batting average (.384) and slugging percentage (.580). He also had a team-high 15 doubles and tied for the team lead in home runs (four) and walks (18), while ranking second with 27 RBIs. He had 16 multi-hit games, which also led the team.

In conference games only, Young finished fourth in the NSIC in doubles (10), sixth in total bases (56), ninth in batting average (.420), ninth in slugging percentage (.691), 10th in on-base percentage (.484), 10th in base hits (34), 11th in RBIs (22) and 15th in home runs (4).

Young ended his time at SMSU with a career .318 batting average, 21 doubles, five home runs, three triples, 49 runs scored and 46 RBIs.

Kremer, a 2010 Worthington High School graduate, played in 35 games and made 29 starts for the Mustangs in his sophomore season. He was second on the team with a .374 batting average and second in both doubles (13) and slugging percentage (.566). He ranked fourth at SMSU in RBIs (22).

In NSIC play, Kremer ranked 12th in the conference in batting average (.406), 14th in on-base percentage (.467) and 16th in slugging percentage (.609).

Minnesota-Duluth’s Alex Wojciechowski was named the NSIC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Minnesota State-Mankato’s Harvey Martin was selected as the NSIC Pitcher of the Year, while Upper Iowa’s Martin Valdez was the Newcomer of the Year. Tim Bellew of Bemidji State was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.

SMSU finished the 2013 season with a 17-23-1 overall record and went 11-13 in the NSIC, finishing one game away from qualifying for the NSIC tournament.