On Campus: Kurt Kudrecki, Sean Manaea pacing Sycamores
By John Mutka Post-Tribune correspondent May 20, 2013 11:02PM
Updated: May 20, 2013 11:04PM
Indiana State pitchers Kurt Kudrecki (Dyer) and Sean Manaea (Wanatah) currently rank 1-2 all-time in the program for earned run average.
Kudrecki, used in short relief, has pitched 41 innings and carries a 1.10 ERA. The rubber-armed Lake Central grad has appeared in 27 of ISU’s 47 games.
He is credited with three saves and owns a 1-2 record.
Manaea ranks fourth nationally in strikeouts with an 11.4 average per nine innings. The Andrean grad notched a 5-4 record and a 1.47 ERA spread over a team-high 73.1 innings and 12 starts. Both are juniors.
The Sycamores are 24-23.
Notre Dame’s Adam Norton (Highland) is tied for the league lead with nine victories in the Big East. He has pitched at least seven innings in 11 of 13 starts.
In a recent 10-inning marathon against South Florida, the longest for an Irish hurler in 13 years. Norton gave up only two earned runs in the 4-3 loss.
The Andrean grad has chalked up 60 strikeouts and walked only 14 in a team-high 105 innings. He totes a 2.31 ERA.
The Irish are 31-23 and will face Seton Hall (36-17) in the league tournament.
Indiana pocketed its first Big Ten title since 1949 behind the hitting of Dustin DeMuth (LaPorte) and Scott Donley (Crown Point), who finished second in the league in hitting and RBI, respectively.
DeMuth batted .398 and was tied for second with 16 doubles. Donley drove in 49 runs. Illinois’ Justin Parr edged them in both categories, batting .415 and driving in 51 runs.
Michigan State’s Anthony Cheky (Portage) tied for the league lead with 23 stolen bases. The speedy outfielder batted .278 for the Spartans (33-17), who posted their fourth straight 30-win season, but failed to qualify for the Big Ten tournament.
Louisiana State’s Tori Bliss (Portage) chalked up a personal best of 162-10 in the discus to place fifth in the SEC championships. She was also seventh in the shot put (51-10), falling short of her longest toss of 55-11, which ranks fifth nationally.
Wabash’s Derek De St. Jean (St. John/Hanover Central) bettered his school record by hurling the shot 51-21/4 in the Keeler Invitational.
Ball State’s Nicole Steinbach (Merrillville), the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year, posted a 9-1 record with three shutouts in Western Division play to help the Cardinals (37-17) rule.
The Andrean grad was named pitcher of the week six times. Her overall record was 14-9 with 19 complete games. She also earned all-conference honors.
Texas A&M (42-17) advanced to the Super Regional behind the clutch hitting of Mel Dumezich (Whiting), whose two-run single helped the Aggies overcome a 5-0 deficit against Baylor.
Dumezich, recently named the school’s female athlete of the year, owns a 27-8 record with 225 strikeouts over 210 innings. She pitched 22 complete games on her way to a 2.41 ERA.
The hard-working senior led the SEC with 34 starts. She received second team honors in the league and the region tournament.
Dumezich led the Aggies in homers (12), doubles (11) and drove in 40 runs.
Clarion’s Amanda Gough (Chesterton), a three-sport athlete at the Pennsylvania university, was named all-PSAC shortstop. She led the Golden Eagles with a .357 average and nine doubles.
She also earned all-conference honors three times in volleyball and played basketball for two years.