Alexandria native and current standout shortstop Tyler Erickson is having a career year for the University of Minnesota-Duluth baseball team.
Erickson led the Bulldogs in almost every statistical category through the regular season, including average (.439), runs scored (74), hits (90), total bases (116), stolen bases (19), at bats (205), triples (4) and games started (52). The 74 runs scored and 205 at-bats are both a single season record at UMD. He also set the school record for most assists on defense with 144.
Erickson had a 29-game hitting streak earlier this season. He has failed to reach base in a game just once and has failed to collect a hit only five times.
Erickson has been a big part of the recent turnaround for the Bulldogs. Two wins in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament would have given UMD its most wins in school history. That comes just three years after the Bulldogs set a record for the most losses in a season with 34.
UMD finished the regular season with a 34-18 record and a 22-10 mark in the NSIC. They entered the conference tournament as the fourth seed, taking on third-seeded St. Cloud State.