Krushena named to ABCA All-America team, four named All-Region

(L-R) Will Krushena, Brian McAuliffe, Max Lahn, Ty Robinson
(L-R) Will Krushena, Brian McAuliffe, Max Lahn, Ty Robinson

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Denison University junior Will Krushena was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American second-team on Friday after leading the Big Red to its best season in program history.  Krushena is the seventh Denison player to receive All-American honors from the ABCA.

In addition to Krushena's All-American award, four members of the Big Red were named to the ABCA All-Mideast Region teams.  Joining Krushena on the first-team was junior third baseman Brian McAuliffe.  Sophomore shortstop Max Lahn was named to the second-team and sophomore outfielder Ty Robinson garnered third-team accolades.

Krushena enjoyed one of the most prolific offensive seasons in Denison history in 2019.  He was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after batting .374 with a school-record 69 runs batted in.  Krushena totaled 21 doubles, five home runs and 46 runs scored while posting a .429 on-base percentage. 

Krushena opened the season with a school-record 28-game hitting streak and hit for the cycle in the Big Red's 12-9 victory over Kenyon on April 16.  He was named the NCAC Player of the Week three times in 2019.  He had 19 multi-hit games and is currently ranked third in the nation in RBIs (69) and fourth in doubles (21).

McAuliffe was named to the All-NCAC first-team after a season that saw him lead the squad with 10 home runs.  In 46 games he batted .329 with 48 RBIs, 38 runs scored and four triples.  McAuliffe enjoyed a 21-game hitting streak from March 27 through May 4, batting .386 with seven homers during the stretch.

In his first season as an everyday starter, Lahn took over at shortstop and led the team with a .439 batting average in addition to a stellar .538 on-base percentage.  Lahn reached base safely in 36-straight games and had 26 multi-hit games in 2019. He was a first-team All-NCAC selection.

Robinson made his all-region debut in his first season in the starting lineup.  Playing mostly right field, Robinson batted .347 with 14 doubles, 37 RBIs and 51 runs scored.  He was a first-team All-NCAC pick and led all Denison players with four outfield assists.

Denison's previous six ABCA All-American selections were Tanner Johnson (2018), Drew Shamrock (2004), Adam Mandel (2003, 04), Derek Johnson (2001), and Joel Norton (2000).

Denison wrapped up its record-breaking 2019 season with a 39-9 record. The Big Red won a school-record 17-straight games while capturing the program's first-ever NCAC Tournament Championship.  The team advanced to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament for the second time in school history, capturing its first postseason victory against La Roche.  In only seven seasons at the helm, head coach Mike Deegan became the program's career leader in wins with a record of 192-102 (.653).  Barry Craddock was the previous record-holder with 182 wins between 2000-07.