Victory at the inaugural SCIAC baseball postseason tournament earned the Kingsmen an automatic NCAA Division III playoff berth. The team, which also won the conference title, went 1-2 for the postseason in the toughest bracket in the country. CLU took home nine All-SCIAC honors, with junior Jake Petersen the unanimous pick for both Player and Newcomer of the Year and junior Aaron Roth selected as the Pitcher of the Year. Petersen, Roth and Nick Boggan ’13 added American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-America accolades.
The men’s tennis and women’s track and field teams placed second at their respective SCIAC Championships and made NCAA appearances. Nicholas Ballou ’13 was named the SCIAC men’s tennis Player of the Year and All-American in both singles and in doubles with his partner Ray Worley. The pair, ranked No. 1 in Division III, won the doubles championship at the Ojai Tournament in April, and Ballou took the singles title there.
Eleven CLU athletes qualified to compete in Wisconsin at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in individual events and the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays. Melissa Skiba finished third in the 5k to became a two-time All-American for 2012-2013; she had won the accolade in cross-country competition in fall. On her first trip to nationals, javelin thrower Allie Hadley finished seventh to earn All-America status.
The men’s golf team qualified to compete at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships for the second consecutive year. Mikey McGinn was named an All-American for the second time in as many years.