The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball coaches recently released their post-season awards and Gustavus Adolphus College seniors Mike DesLauriers (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Nate Ruff (Bloomington, Minn.) were recognized with awards. DesLauriers, a shortstop, was named to the All-Conference Team for the second time in his career, while Ruff was named to the Sportsmanship Team.
DesLauriers, a 2007 All-MIAC pick and four-year starter for the Gusties, hit .333 in 38 games with 46 hits in 138 at-bats this season. He was second on the team in runs scored with 28. In the field, DesLauriers set a new school record for assists in a season with 124 and led the MIAC in assists with 68. He also left his mark on the Gustavus record book as he ranks in six different career categories. DesLauriers leaves Gustavus ranked first all-time in career assists with 415, second in career at-bats with 527, third in hits with 193, fifth in runs scored with 116, sixth in games played with 150, and sixth in career batting average at .366.
Ruff, a four-year starter at second base, hit .266 this season with 29 hits and 15 runs scored. He recorded 61 putouts and 76 assists to move into a tie for third place on the career assist list with 288. Each team selects one player to the Sportsmanship Team and that player is selected for his contributions to team play, his leadership, and his example of good sportsmanship.
The Gusties finished the 2009 season with a record of 17-21 overall and placed eighth in the MIAC with a record of 9-11.