Tyler Erickson’s stellar 2010 season for the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) baseball team was recently recognized with a rare honor in the history of the Bulldogs’ program.
Erickson became just the third player from UMD to earn honorable mention All-American honors when he was named to the Division II 2010 Daktronics All-American honorable mention team on May 21.
Erickson distinguished himself as one of the top shortstops in Division II this past season when he set six single-season records for the Bulldogs. He broke the school mark in fielding assists (164), at bats (223), hits (94), runs (77), games played and games started (56).
The former Cardinal standout hit .422 this season and recorded a program-best 29-game hitting streak. He reached base safely in all but two games. He had 24 multiple-hit games and 12 times he recorded at least three hits.
That offensive power helped him lead the Bulldogs in almost every statistical category. He paced the team in average (.422), on-base percentage (.486), runs scored (77), hits (94), triples (4), stolen bases (20) and plate appearances (255).
The All-American selection is just the latest in a long list of postseason awards for Erickson. He was named a first-team member of the Daktronics and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Central Region squads. He was also named to the 16-man Rawlings/ACBA second team for the central region and was a first-team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) selection.
Erickson was a big reason why the Bulldogs finished with the best record in head coach Bob Rients’ five-year stint with the program. UMD finished the season 36-20 and 22-10 in the NSIC. The 36 wins tied a school record for the most victories in a season. Erickson will now focus his attention on helping a different Duluth team as he joins the Huskies of the Northwoods League this summer.