Brown First Team Honoree, Schimpf Named Second Team by Louisiana Sports Writers
Brown First Team Honoree, Schimpf Named Second Team by Louisiana Sports Writers
Saturday, June 18, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. – Centenary senior Dakota Brown had quite the season in 2016, and he received further recognition for his accomplishments Saturday, June 18. Brown became the first NCAA Division III Diamond Gent to receive First Team Honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA), receiving this accolade as a utility player in a vote by the collegiate Sports Information Directors of Louisiana released Saturday night, June 18.

Besides Brown, junior Shreveport-native Michael Schimpf grabbed Second Team All-LSWA accolades to give the Maroon and White two honorees. It is the first time Centenary has been recognized by the LSWA in three seasons.

“Dakota and Mike had unbelievable seasons this year and are truly deserving of the recognitions they are receiving,” said Head Baseball Coach Mike Diaz. “They have been staples and trendsetters for this program. I could not be happier that these two are representing our baseball program and Centenary College.”

Brown made history two months ago in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference when he accomplished a rare feat: being named Second Team All-Conference for two different positions (relief pitcher and outfielder). In 2016, he finished second on the team with a .363 batting average. On the mound, Brown finished the season 2-2 with two saves and a 3.55 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Centenary.

Brown also garnered SCAC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 21 after picking up a pair of wins in relief at Schreiner. Plunked by a pitch 16 times in 2016, he ranks second in the single-season annals for the Gents and set a new career record with 37 trips to first base after being hit by a pitch.

Schimpf, grabbing his third-straight All-Conference nod in 2016, led the SCAC with a .425 batting average – a mark that ranked 36th in the nation.  He finished ninth in the conference with 65 hits and third with 45 runs.

From February 14 through March 26, Schimpf tallied a 17-game hitting streak. The streak included eight straight games with at least a pair of base hits.

Other accolades for Schimpf in 2016 include All-Region nods from both the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D3Baseball.com, SCAC All-Tournament, SCAC All-Academic, and Academic All-District and All-American from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

The Diamond Gents finished the season 26-13, recorded their second-best winning percentage since the 1960’s, and ranked as high as 12th in the nation.