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Bryce Novak (So., Cleveland) of Gustavus baseball has been selected to the D3baseball.com All-America Third Team. (Photo courtesy of Gustavus Sports Information)

Bryce Novak (So., Cleveland) of Gustavus baseball has been selected to the D3baseball.com All-America Third Team, which was announced Wednesday.

Novak, who was recently named D3baseball.com All-Midwest First Team and ABCA All-Midwest Second Team, led the Gusties and the MIAC with a .470 batting average, batting 63-for-134 with 33 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 21 RBI. Novak’s .470 batting average is the sixth-highest single season average in program history.

Novak, who was also named the MIAC Player of the Year, set the conference record for hits in a season with 41 in league games only. He led the league with a .500 on-base percentage, while his .657 slugging percentage was fifth in the conference. In 144 plate appearances, Novak struck out just eight times.

Primarily playing center field, Novak did not commit a single error with 29 putouts and eight assists for a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Novak also pitched 25 innings with five starts, boasting a 2.16 ERA and 3-1 record with 21 strikeouts compared to 10 walks and a .184 opponents’ batting average.

Novak earns the program’s fourth All-America honor and first since Tony Konicek’s consecutive All-America honors in 2006 and 2007.

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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