GRANVILLE, Ohio – Following their second-straight appearance in an NCAA Division III Regional and a program-best record of 39-9, Denison baseball was recognized by D3baseball.com on Thursday afternoon with five All-Mideast Region selections, including Will Krushena, Max Lahn, and Brian McAuliffe as first-team honorees.
Krushena makes his debut as an all-region selection following year to remember in 2019. Continuing a year full of accolades for the junior, Krushena was named the North Coast Athletic Conference's Player of the Year following a season where he hit .374 with 46 runs, 21 doubles, five home runs, 22 walks, and a new program-best 69 runs batted in. His 69 runs driven in currently rank third in the country behind PSU Harrisburg's Travis Van Houten (71) and Bret Williams (70). Krushena's year of first's also included a 28-game hitting streak that broke Charlie Apfelbach's record of 27 set back in 2013. Krushena broke the record in Denison's 12-9 win over Kenyon, the same game that he hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run), which was the second time in program history.
Just like Krushena, Lahn jumped on the scene in 2019 with a team-leading .439 batting average and a new program-best 75 hits, passing DU's previous single-season record of 72 held by Adam Mandel. Leading the team with 39 walks in 2019, the first-team All-NCAC selection also tallied 53 runs scored, 38 RBIs, 17 doubles, and 11 stolen bases while posting an on-base percentage of .538. He has also recorded 26 multi-hit performances this season and led the Big Red with 136 defensive assists.
Also named to the All-NCAC first-team in 2019, McAuliffe provided Denison's main source of power this season with a team-leading 10 home runs while adding 48 RBIs, 38 runs scored, four triples, and a .616 slugging percentage. A .329 hitter for the year, McAuliffe posted a career-high five runs batted in DU's 18-8 victory at Oberlin on May 1. He also contributed 72 defensive assists and 30 putouts at third base.
Denison's All-Mideast Region honors were rounded out by senior Grady Paine as a second-team selection and sophomore Ty Robinson being named to the third-team. Securing his second-straight All-NCAC second-team accolade in 2019, Paine closed out his Denison career with a year to remember where he hit .326 with 30 RBIs, four home runs and led the team with 58 runs and 14 stolen bases. In Denison's 7-5 win over Wooster in the NCAC Tournament Championship game, Paine launched a three-run home run over the right-field wall that helped the Big Red capture their first NCAC title in program history. Paine leaves Granville as a .327 hitter with 71 RBIs, 23 doubles, and 98 runs scored.
Robinson, who was also named to the All-NCAC first-team, enjoyed a sophomore campaign where he hit .347 with 37 RBIs, 51 runs, 14 doubles, and finished second on the team with seven home runs. Totaling 18 multi-hit games this season, Robinson's best performance came against Oberlin (May 1) where he combined to go 6-for-9 with seven runs, six RBIs, and two home runs in the doubleheader.
Denison wrapped up their remarkable season at 39-9 overall and 14-4 in NCAC play. A season that included the most wins in program history (39), the Big Red also posted a school record 17-game winning streak and secured their first-ever NCAC Championship. Head coach Mike Deegan also became the program's all-time winningest coach at 192-102 (.653), passing Barry Craddock's previous win total of 182.