REGION COLLEGIANS: IU’s DeMuth on top of his game, on and off the field

2014-05-04T16:45:00Z 2014-05-04T18:35:26Z REGION COLLEGIANS: IU’s DeMuth on top of his game, on and off the fieldBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
May 04, 2014 4:45 pm  • 

Indiana’s Dustin DeMuth takes care of business on and off the diamond.

The senior third baseman and LaPorte grad was one of 10 NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have noticeable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

DeMuth is currently second for the Hoosiers (31-12, 15-2 Big Ten) and in the conference with a .356 batting average to go with 27 runs, eight doubles, five homers and 21 RBIs.

The winner will be announced during the College World Series in June.

* Ball State’s Zach Plesac (Crown Point) is 9-2 with a 2.50 ERA and five saves for the Cardinals (31-15). The freshman sensation has thrown 68 1/3 innings with 52 strikeouts.

* University of Indianapolis junior Kenny Mahala is hitting .291 and is first on the team with 47 RBIs.

The Andrean grad and Highland native is also second in homers (eight) and doubles (12).

The Greyhounds, who are No. 7 in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, have won 18 of their last 26 games and are 29-21 overall.

* Toledo’s Ryan Wilkinson (Munster) is 5-4 with a 2.50 ERA. The senior has pitched a club-high 86 1/3 innings with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks. He’s thrown three complete games in 12 starts.

* Indiana University Southeast senior Frank Pluskota (Lake Central) finished the season on a tear. The infielder finished second in NAIA Division I with 23 doubles, 10th in doubles per game, 16th in total hits (75), 42nd in RBIs (46), 46th in batting average (.405) and 46th in total bases (104). The Grenadiers were 32-23.

* Central Michigan’s Jimmy McNamara (Lake Central) is 2-0 with a 4.63 ERA. The sophomore right-hander has added one save and pitched 23 1/3 innings.

Women’s track

Portage grad Tori Bliss came close to a personal best in the discus, throwing a series-best mark of 162 feet, 8 inches at the Penn Relays to claim sixth place for LSU.

* At the Drake Relays, Purdue senior Megan Plenus (Lake Central) placed second in the 800 meter run (2:08.96) and ran a leg on the first-place 3,200 relay that went 8:34.19, breaking a 30-year Boilermakers record.

Plenus’ second-place finish in the 800 was a lifetime PR.

Teammate Dana Payonk (Lake Central) competed in the 5K at the event and finished 17th with a time of 16:52.82, also a PR.

* Manchester’s Brianna Martinez (Andrean) was a second-team selection to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team.

Men’s tennis

Bethany College (W.V.) junior Jared Roque (Munster) finished in third place at No. 3 singles at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships on April 26. The finish was the highest by a Bison since 2010.

Men’s track and field

Wabash’s Derek De St. Jean (Hanover Central) won the triple crown at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend. He took first in the discus, shot and hammer throw. The junior standout was named the MVP of the meet. The Little Giants captured their fourth straight meet, edging runner-up Ohio Wesleyan.

* Manchester’s Jon Caffarelli (Marian Catholic) was a second-team selection to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team.


Andrean alums Audrey Bickel and Nicole Steinbach have been instrumental for Ball State this spring.

Bickel, a senior third baseman, is third on the team in hitting (.374) and has added 14 doubles, nine homers, 46 RBIs and 25 runs.

Steinbach, a sophomore pitcher, is 14-10 with a 3.78 ERA with 15 complete games and 83 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings. Teammate Jessica Craft (LaPorte) is hitting .275 in a reserve role.


Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp was awarded a silver medal at the school’s recent athletic banquet. Student athletes who carried a cumulative grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.74 were honored. Also honored with a silver medal were Merrillville’s Paul Carey (football), Valparaiso’s Stephen Simms (football), Andrean’s Savannah Kinsella (softball) and Chesterton’s Shane Kenney (cross country; track and field). Bronze medal winners (GPA between 3.25 and 3.49) included Lowell’s Nick Kijurna (football), De La Salle’s Khalfani King (football), Mount Carmel’s Brad Myjak (baseball) and Crete-Monee’s Terrance Southern (baseball).

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