S: 2012 Journey to the World Series
BC: Statesmen, Thank you for taking us along for the ride!! It was Incredible!
FC: Delta State Baseball 2012
1: You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's in your own eyes. | Dedicated to the 2012 Delta State Statesmen Players, Coaching Staff, Trainers, Multimedia, Families, and Fans | Pictures and articles compiled from gostatesmen.com and various family, player, and fan contributions. Thank you for making this celebration possible!!
4: Eric Gallo 2/18/2012 9:20:00 PM Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 CLEVELAND – "Mother Nature must be a Statesmen fan, as the rain stayed to the south, and the Delta State baseball team held opening day at Ferriss Field with a double header. The Statesmen used late inning runs to get two wins over Lynn University. | You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. Psalms 18:39
6: "Never say the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon"
7: "A successful person is a dreamer whom someone believed in." | WE BELIEVE!!
8: | Behind every fearless player is a fearless coach who refused to let them be anything but the best they could be.
10: Not just team mates, FRIENDS
11: A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. ~Baseball saying by: Earl Wilson
12: Matt Jones 2/21/2012 5:49:00 PM CLEVELAND, Miss. – The No. 13 Statesmen (6-0) of Delta State University claimed their sixth straight victory 11-2 over the Delta Devils (0-3) of Mississippi Valley State University on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Ferriss Field. DSU finished the day with 11 runs on 12 hits with one error, while MVSU closed out the contest with two runs on 10 hits and two errors. Delta State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two RBI single by Brent Kakwitch and a two RBI double from Ben Kingsley. DSU plated an insurance run on an RBI ground out by Chad Fortenberry. The green-and-white chased MVSU starter David Lostra with two additional runs in the third inning, as Sam Kidd delivered a two RBI double and a second RBI single from Kakwitch, which chased the Delta Devils starter. DSU tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth to take a commanding 11-0 lead. Josh Crowdus came through with a two RBI single, while Jordan Chovanec tacked on a run on an RBI groundout. MVSU scored two runs in the top of the ninth off Statesmen reliever Brandon Hardin to make the final 11-2. Statesmen starter Jordan Moore (1-0) earned the win in his first start of the season. The Calhoun City, Miss., native tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Rickey Winters (2.0), Jared Bond (1.0) and Bobby Bryan (1.0) all worked in relief. Hardin allowed two unearned runs in the final inning for DSU. MVSU's David Lostra (0-1) took the loss after throwing 2.1 innings and giving up eight earned runs with two walks and four strikeouts. The Delta Devils used three additional relievers in the game. Kakwitch led the Statesmen at the plate with a 3-for-5 day. The senior from Green Bay, Wisc., added three RBIs and scored one run. Chovanec also collected two hits for the Statesmen, while Kingsley, Crowdus and Kidd all delivered two RBIs each. | Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is. Bob F
13: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me. Phil. 3:13-14
16: "Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." | PERFECTO Colton Mitchell
17: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline. 2 Tim. 1:7
20: Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
21: Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand. Leo Durocher
24: "Behind me is infinite power; Before me is infinite possibility; Around me is boundless opportunity. Why should I fear?" Stella Stuart
27: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:11
29: "Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball." ~Jim Murray
30: "During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball." ~Mickey Mantle~
36: "Play until the ball is worn, the bat has cracked, the glove is loose and the grass and dirt have become one." -JT Moss
38: "There is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory"... -unknown
42: Manage them and our hands become instruments of grace- not just tools in the hands of God, but God's very hands
43: s e n i o r d a y 2 0 1 2
45: "The love of the game is in my heart, which spreads to my blood, which I bleed. The passion of playing is in my skin, which I shed when I sweat. Playing isn't something I do, it is something I live" The Statesmen sent their seniors out in style, as they completed the sweep of West Georgia with a 7-4 victory The win gave the Statesmen the outright regular season Gulf South Conference Championship. They will travel to Rome, Ga. Next week for the GSC Tournament, and will face Christian Brothers in the first round on Friday.
46: 2012 Gulf South Conference Tournament Rome, Georgia May 4, 2012 through May 8, 2012 | ROME, Ga.—The No.8 Delta State University baseball team took the field Friday for day one of the GSC Tournament at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, Ga. The top-seeded Statesmen got a fight from No. 8 seed Christian Brothers, but the Statesmen were able to come away with a 5-4 victory.
48: ROME, Ga.—The Delta State University baseball team took the field Saturday looking to keep their momentum going in day two of the Gulf South Conference tournament. The Statesmen took advantage of some miscues by Valdosta State, as they came away with an 11-2 victory over the Blazers.
49: "Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory."
50: 5/6/2012 10:24:00 PM ROME, Ga.—The Delta State University baseball team had a chance to guarantee entrance into the Gulf South Conference championship game, as they took on the University of Alabama in Huntsville Sunday. Unfortunately, the Statesmen did not punch their ticket, as the Chargers were able to survive and come away with an 8-4 victory at State Mutual Stadium. ....The Statesmen (37-12) offense then used three runs in the fifth inning to gain the lead. With the bases loaded, Ben Kingsley one hopped the ball over the wall in right center for a two-run ground rule double. A throwing error then allowed Jordan Chovanec to score, which put the Statesmen up 5-3. After the Statesmen's big inning, Mother Nature reared her head, as lightning in the area caused a 40-minute delay. When play resumed, it was the Chargers that gained the momentum, as they scored five answered runs over the next three innings. The Statesmen offense could not get anything going after the delay, and the Chargers came away with the 8-4 win. | "Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent." - Marilyn vos Savant, Columnist
52: ROME, Ga. – Delta State University redshirt sophomore Rickey Winters (4-0) tossed a complete game with a career-high nine strikeouts to power the No. 8 Statesmen (38-12) past the Argonauts (34-17) of the University of West Florida 7-3 on Monday, May 7 in a Gulf South Conference Tournament elimination game at State Mutual Stadium. The victory puts the Green-and-White into Tuesday's GSC Tournament championship round against either North Alabama or Alabama-Huntsville.
53: Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
57: ROME, Ga.—The Delta State University baseball team took the field at State Mutual Stadium for Championship Tuesday in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. The Statesmen needed to win two games Tuesday in order to claim the GSC Championship. They did just that, as they took down North Alabama 4-0 and Alabama-Huntsville 14-8 en route to their 12th GSC Championship, and fifth under head coach Mike Kinnison.
59: "Without the assistance of the divine being... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail. " Abraham Lincoln
61: All we need in life is a chance to prove the passion we feel.
62: Five Statesmen made the All-GSC Tournament Team. Josh Branstetter, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Winters, Michael Vinson, and Jon Carnahan were named to the all-tournament team. Carnahan was also named the Most Outstanding Player in the GSC Tournament.
66: "Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character." -- T. Alan Armstrong
67: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Gulf South Conference officially released its 2012 All-Conference Baseball Team on Wednesday, May 2 and the No. 8 ranked Statesmen of Delta State University placed nine players on the squad, led by three First Team and six Second Team selections. The All-GSC First and Second Teams were nominated and selected by the leagues head coaches. | 2012 ALL-GSC BASEBALL FIRST TEAM POS/NAME/SCHOOL/YEAR/HOMETOWN C Bryan Hayman VSU FR Waycross, GA C Justin Riddle UAH SO Huntsville, AL 1B D.J. Turo UWA JR Mobile, AL 2B Michael Schmidt UNA SR Powder Springs, GA 2B* Marc Overstreet VSU SR Cordele, GA 3B# Josh Huggins UWF SR Bay Minette, AL SS! Grant DeBruin UAH SR Boaz, AL DH# Christian Glisson VSU SR Hahira, GA OF Cameron Graves VSU SR Crawfordville, FL OF Taye Larry UWF SR Panama City, FL OF Ty Chancelor UAH SR Decatur, AL OF Jordan Chovanec DSU SO Inez, TX OF Evan Hester UWG JR Kennesaw, GA SP# Chad Boughner UNA JR Florence, AL SP# Aaron Newcomb DSU SR Centralia, IL SP Colton Mitchell DSU JR Lake, MS SP Drew Eiland UAH SO Auburn, AL SP Alex Sikes CBU JR Cordova, TN RP Bobby Parker UWF JR Tallahassee, FL GSC Player of the Year—Christian Glisson, VSU GSC Freshman of the Year—Bryant Hayman, VSU | 2012 ALL-GSC BASEBALL SECOND TEAM POS/NAME/SCHOOL/YEAR/HOMETOWN C Jon Carnahan DSU SR Port Neches, TX C Ben Fox UWA SR Centreville, AL 1B# Josh Cyr UNA JR Huntsville, AL 3B Brent Kakwitch DSU SR Green Bay, WI SS# Josh Carpenter UNA SO Harvest, AL SS Blake Barber UWF JR LaGrange, GA DH# Jake Sloan UNA SR Amory, MS OF Josh Doyle UNA JR Hartselle, AL OF Sam Kidd DSU JR Hartford, KY OF Tyler Richburg UWA JR Mobile, AL OF Dustin Saulmon UWF JR Panama City, FL OF Michael Vinson DSU JR Southaven, MS SP! Josh Branstetter DSU JR Pensacola, FL SP Brian Ellington UWF JR Gainesville, FL SP Barry Meeks UWA JR Sweet Water, AL SP Kevin Rogers VSU SR Stockton, CA SP Jake Stephens UWF JR Marietta, GA RP Jordan DeLorenzo UWF FR Winter Park, FL RP Brandon Hardin DSU SR Pinckneyville, IL !—2011 First Team All-GSC selection. #—2011 Second Team All-GSC selection | BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —The Gulf South Conference announced Delta State University's Mike Kinnison as the recipient of the 2012 Baseball Coach of the Year award Thursday as voted by the league’s head coaches. Kinnison’s honor ups his all-time Coach of the Year total to six, which ties him for the most in league history with former Jacksonville State skipper Rudy Abbott.
69: Heading to Tampa Florida NCAA Regional Tournament | A little fun before the tournament starts. Rays vs Red Sox
71: TAMPA, Fla. – Delta State University junior right-hander Josh Branstetter tossed 8.1 innings of scoreless baseball Thursday, May 17, as the No. 10 Statesmen (41-12) defeated the No. 27 Lions (39-17) of the University of North Alabama 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA South Region Tournament at Sam Bailey Field. The win was DSU’s second straight against UNA in postseason, as the Statesmen downed the Lions 4-0 in the Gulf South Conference Tournament.
74: TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Alabama-Huntsville (33-22) made it a repeat performance Friday night at Sam Bailey Field, as the Chargers defeated the No. 7 Statesmen (41-13) of Delta State University 6-5 in the winner's bracket of the NCAA South Region Tournament. UAH downed DSU 8-4 in the same game at the Gulf South Conference Tournament, an event the Statesmen came back to win one week ago at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, Ga.
76: TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 7 ranked Statesmen (42-13) of Delta State University pounded out 16 hits en route to an 11-3 victory over the Argonauts (35-19) of the University of West Florida on Saturday, May 18 in an elimination game at the NCAA South Region Tournament. The Statesmen scored 11 runs on 16 hits with one error, while the Argonauts scored three runs on six hits with three errors.
78: TAMPA, Fla.— The Delta State University baseball team entered Sunday needing to win two games in order to advance to the South Region Championship on Monday. The Statesmen first had to get past the Sharks of Nova Southeastern, and they did just that 8-5. Next the Statesmen had to defeat a familiar foe in Alabama-Huntsville. The Statesmen used some extra inning magic, as they erased a two run deficit to defeat the Chargers 7-6 in 10 innings.
83: BOCA RATON, Fla. – A total of 30 student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Daktronics Baseball All-South Region First and Second Teams, as announced Thursday, including Delta State University's Jon Carnahan, Colton Mitchell, Jordan Chovanec and Aaron Newcomb were all named to the squad. Lynn University's Anthony Boza was honored as the Player of the Year while Tampa's Sean Bierman earned Pitcher of the Year recognition. | PENSACOLA, Fla. - The No. 7 ranked Statesmen (41-12) of Delta State University continued their postseason honors haul on Friday, as the Green-and-White placed three players on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association All-South Region Team. Statesmen catcher Jon Carnahan, outfielder Michael Vinson and starting pitcher Colton Mitchell were all named to the NCBWA All-South First Team, while DSU head coach Mike Kinnison was namedSouth Region Coach of the Year after leading the Statesmen to their 12th Gulf South Conference championship and 27th berth in NCAA postseason play. | OMAHA, Neb. - The Semifinalists for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award have been revealed and Delta State University junior left-hander Colton Mitchell was one of the 55 honored on Monday. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez. | ALWAYS GIVE GOD THE GLORY
84: Six Statesmen were named to the South Region All-Tournament Team. Josh Branstetter, Jon Carnahan, Langston, Vinson, Kingsley, and Langston was named the Tournament M.V.P. Also, head coach Mike Kinnison picked up career win no. 700 with the game two victory. | TAMPA, Fla.—The Delta State University baseball team won both of their Sunday games in thrilling fashion, as they took the field Monday looking to claim a South Region crown. Standing in their way of a region championship, and a trip to the World Series were the Tigers of Stillman College. The Statesmen used three ninth inning runs to defeat the Tigers in game one 5-2, which forced a deciding game. The Statesmen and Tigers battled in game two, but it was the Statesmen who came out on top 10-7 to claim the region championship | How am I to know what I can achieve if I quit?" -Jason Bishop
88: Even when you have played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you will remember. You'll forget the plays, scores, homeruns, but you will never forget your teammates.
93: CLEVELAND – The ABCA and Rawlings have announced their 2012 All-South Region teams. The ABCA and Rawlings honored five Statesmen for their play in the 2012 season. Anthony Boza, a senior from Lynn University was named the region Player of the Year. Senior pitcher Sean Bierman from Tampa was named the Region Pitcher of the Year. Statesmen head coach Mike Kinnison was named the region Coach of the Year. The First Team consisted of Ryan McChesney (Florida Tech), Carlos Asuaje (Nova Southeastern), Mike Snyder (Florida Southern), Grant DeBruin (Alabama-Huntsville), Jarius Brown (Stillman), Jon Carnahan (Delta St.), Areo Regoli (Nova Southeastern), Andrew Jones (Tampa), Dion Bryant (Stillman), Michael Vinson (Delta St.), Sean Bierman (Tampa), Ben O'Shea (Tampa), Shawn Kale (Lynn), Chad Boughner (North Alabama), James Mannara (Florida Tech), and Anthony Boza (Lynn). Players named to the second team were, David Weber (Benedict), Michael Schmidt (North Alabama), Paul Winterbottom (Stillman), K.C. Clabaugh (Florida Tech), Cory Jensen (Florida Southern), Justin Riddle (Alabama-Huntsville), Zach Gawrych (Tampa), Brendan Collins (Saint Leo), Cameron Graves (Valdosta St.), Ty Chancelor (Alabama-Huntsville), Austin Smith (Lynn), Zach Westcott (Nova Southeastern), Joey Cuda (Eckerd), Josh Branstetter (Delta St.), Colton Mitchell (Delta St.), Bobby Parker (West Florida), and Christian Glisson (Valdosta St.) The ABCA and Rawlings also named their South Region Gold Glove teams with two Statesmen being honored. The Gold Glove team included, Javi Sujo (Nova Southeastern), Carlos Asuaje (Nova Southeastern), Damon Elder (Tampa), Kyle Radziewski (Lynn), Jon Carnahan (Delta St.), Andrew Jones (Tampa), JJ Downum (Florida Southern), Jordan Chovanec (Delta St.), and Joe Cuda (Eckerd).
98: All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality.
99: Heading to the World Series in Style
101: Raising the Flag
103: MIRACLE LEAGUE
105: Game 1 - May 27, 2012 vs St. Mary's University
110: May 29, 2012 Second game for the Statesmen
112: CARY, N.C. – Tyler Ockuly's complete game, six-hitter powered the No. 3 Mavericks (51-11) of Minnesota State University past the No. 2 Statesmen (48-14) of Delta State University Thursday, May 31 at the NCAA DII College World Series. The MSU victory sets up a rematch between the two teams on Friday, June 1 at Coleman Field with a berth in Saturday's championship game on the line.
113: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2-
114: CARY, N.C. – Call them the “Elimination Kids,” as the Statesmen (49-14) of Delta State University claimed their ninth elimination victory of the postseason with a 6-5 comeback win over the Mavericks (51-12) of Minnesota State University-Mankato Friday, June 1 to advance to Saturday's NCAA DII Championship Game. The Statesmen scored six unanswered runs and finished the contest with nine hits and an error. Down to their last five outs and trailing 5-0, the Statesmen began an improbable comeback in the bottom of the eighth on MSU. Pinch-hitter Chad Fortenberry jumpstarted the frame for DSU with a single to centerfield off Mavericks reliever Bryce Bellin. Back-to-back walks to Jordan Chovanec and Sam Kidd loaded the bases for DSU and forced Bellin from the game. With one out and new Mavericks reliever Mahlon Zimmerman in the game, Ben Kingsley slapped a chopper to short that Conner McCallum booted for an error allowing Justin Badon, who pinch ran for Fortenberry, to score from third. Michael Vinson followed with a sac-fly RBI to the base of the centerfield wall, cutting the lead to 5-2. As momentum began moving toward the Green-and-White, Jon Carnahan pushed it full tilt toward DSU with an RBI double down the left field line to make it 5-3. With Kingsley at third and Carnahan at second, Tyler Aldridge slapped a two-RBI single to left to tie the game at 5-5 and give the Statesmen new life. Zimmerman coaxed a fielder's choice out of Brent Langston to retire Aldridge and a flyout to right from Brent Kakwitch to end the threat. After Jordan Moore retired the Mavericks in order in the top of the ninth, the Statesmen slammed the door on MSU's season in the bottom of the ninth and capped the most improbable of comebacks. With one out, Chovanec collected his first hit of the game on an infield single to second. Chovanec swiped second, forcing MSU to intentionally walk Kidd to setup a potential double play. Kingsley slapped a slow roller deep in the hole to short and beat out the play to load the bases. With a trip to the NCAA DII College World Series Championship Game on the line and redemption on his mind from Thursday's loss, Vinson slapped the game-winning single to left, scoring Chovanec from third, to claim the 6-5 victory. “I never give up on this team and they haven't given up on me this entire season,” DSU head coach Mike Kinnison stated in the postgame interviews. “We finally got something going in the eighth and made the adjustments necessary to pull it out in the end. Minnesota State is an excellent team and I want to congratulate them on a great season.”
116: "A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - Walter Gagehot
117: June 2, 2012 Championship Game
118: Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight. I Ch.r 19:13
121: "It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Roosevelt
123: ALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAM INF - Tyler Aldridge, Delta State INF - Josh Heyne, West Chester INF - Joe Wendle, West Chester INF - Julio Zubillaga, Catawba OF - Jordan Chovanec, Delta State OF - Mike Eckhart, Minnesota State OF - Jack Provine, West Chester OF - Mike Raimo, West Chester OF - Michael Vinson, Delta State P - Tyler Ockuly, Minnesota State P - Joe Gunkel, West Chester (Most Outstanding Player) | CARY, N.C. – Delta State University senior catcher Jon Carnahan and junior leftfielder Michael Vinson received the highest honor an NCAA Division II baseball player can receive, as the duo was named to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-America Team on Tuesday. The Rawlings/ABCA All-America Team is selected and voted on by the coaches of DII baseball.