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UMD's Erickson named honorable mention

Already cited as one of the top shortstops in the NCAA Division II Baseball Central Region by three different organizations-, University of Minnesota Duluth junior Tyler Erickson added 2010 Daktronics All-America honorable mention honors to his a...

Already cited as one of the top shortstops in the NCAA Division II Baseball Central Region by three different organizations­, University of Minnesota Duluth junior Tyler Erickson added 2010 Daktronics All-America honorable mention honors to his award haul.

Erickson, an Alexandria, Minn., native, becomes just the third UMD All-American honoree in school history. The three-year regular is the first since Tim Garceau took home second team awards in 2005 - the other was Tim Battaglia in 2003 as a first team member. Both of those Bulldogs were members of the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-American squad.

Six club single-season marks fell at Erickson's feet in 2010, including fielding assists (164), at bats (223), hits (94), runs scored (77), games played and started (56). He also recorded a program-best 29-game hitting streak in 2010, reaching base safely in all but two games this season overall. The three-year regular also notched 24 multi-hit games and had 12 with three or more hits. Erickson paced the Bulldogs in multiple offensive categories including batting average (.422), on-base percentage (.486), runs scored, hits, triples (four), stolen bases (20), plate appearances (255) and at bats.

Erickson has already collected numerous honors after a stellar performance this year, already being picked as a first team member of both the Daktronics and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Central Region squads. He was also a member of the 16-man Rawlings/ACBA second team for the central region and received Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team honors, this season.

UMD finished 2010 with a 36-20 overall record and a 22-10 mark in NSIC

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play - both bests in Bulldog head coach Bob Rients' five-year reign.

The 36 wins tied a school record for victories in a season.

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