The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) has announced the 2018 baseball major team and player awards and the all-conference team as selected by the head coaches. The all-conference team is comprised of 16 first-team honorees and 16 second-team selections. The major awards recipients are also considered all-conference honorees but are not listed among the 32 first and second team award winners.
Five members of the Luther College baseball team have been recognized on this year's team, four on the first-team and one on the second-team.
Junior pitcher Joey Cardamon (Ankeny, Iowa/Centennial) was named the Pitcher of the Year. Cardamon was 5-1 in league play with an ERA of 1.57. For the year, he led the Norse pitching staff with a record of 9-1 and an ERA of 1.43. In 81.2 innings of work, he allowed 13 earned runs, walked 14 and struck out 53 holding opponents to a .214 batting average. He becomes the second Luther pitcher to earn this award, the first was Nate Beckman in 2016.
Selected all-conference for the second time of their careers was junior outfielder Jake Vogt (Libertyville, Ill.) and senior third baseman Mitch Bruggers (Stillwater, Minn.). Vogt was named first team honoree and Bruggers was a second team selection.
Vogt, who was named second team last year, finished the IIAC campaign fourth with a batting average of .385. He was second in the league in for hits (35) and runs scored (26), was third for slugging percentage (.593), and tied for the league lead in doubles (13) with teammate Jake Halverson (Rochester, Minn./John Marshall).
Bruggers, a first team honoree at designated hitter a year ago, batted .304 with six RBI in Iowa Conference action. For the year, he batted .286 with 15 RBI.
First team honors were earned by junior shortstop Halverson led the league in batting average (.435), hits (37) and was tied for the league lead in doubles (13) with Vogt. For the year, Halverson led the team with a batting average of .371 and drove in 24 RBI.
Athmann started every game for the Norse behind the dish. He finished second on the team in batting average (.345) and led the squad in slugging percentage (.545) and on-base percentage (.449). In 266 opportunities, he committed one error, tallied 222 putouts and 43 assists.
Luther finished fifth in the Iowa Conference with a record of 13-9, 26-16 overall. Luther has now posted 20 or more wins in each of Head Coach Bryan Nikkel's four years. His career record now stands at 107-70.