Webster Baseball Team Makes a Big Finish

Besides making it to the national championship for a second year in a row, the coach and several players received top league and national honors

ST. LOUIS, JUNE 5, 2013 - Webster University's baseball team finished the year with a bang, and it wasn't just from the team finishing fifth in the NCAA III National Championships. Several players and head coach Bill Kurich were singled out this year for post-season honors.

Senior pitcher Steven Dooley was voted to the ABCA/Rawlings All-American Third Team. This was the third time in the past four years that a Gorlok pitcher landed on the All-American Team.

Coach Bill KurichFor the second year in a row, Kurich was named the ABCA/Rawlings Coach of the Year in the NCAA III Central Region. Also honored was Dooley, named the ABCA/Rawlings 2013 Central Region Pitcher of the Year. Joining Dooley on the All-Central Region First Team was sophomore pitcher Isaac Behme.

"The 2012 run to the World Series was a special, first time experience. We understand and appreciate that only a select number of schools earn a repeat trip to Appleton. The recent success of our baseball program suggests contending at the national level is no longer a dream but a reality", said Tom Hart, Webster's athletic director. "The fact that our coach was named the regional coach of the year, and we again had several members named to the All-Central Region First Team just further emphasizes how hard work and dedication can pay off."

This was the second straight year that Kurich was voted the Central Region Coach of the Year, having won the honor in 2012, and his third time selected, being named in 2008 as well. Dooley is the second
straight Gorlok to take home the ABCA/Rawlings Central Region Pitcher of the Year honors, as Webster's David Mueller was voted in 2012.

Dooley and Behme keep piling up hardware for the 2013 season. Dooley and Behme were voted to the D3Baseball.com All-Central Region Second Team last week. Last month, Dooley was named the St. Louis
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2013 Pitcher of the Year, with Dooley and Behme receiving First Team All-Conference recognition.

In the SLIAC Tournament, Dooley was named the Most Valuable Player, and Behme was named to the 2013 All-Tournament Team.

Overall, the Gorloks set several school records. The team won a second straight NCAA III Regional title, made their 8th NCAA regional appearance in the last nine years, and made a second appearance in the
national championship. The Gorloks also won a 7th straight SLIAC regular season title and a 4th straight SLIAC championship, while winning a program record 37 games in a single season.