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ONU baseball possess preseason All-American in Belliveau

Senior baseball player, Dan Belliveau, exhibits his power at the plate. (ONU Sports Information/ Tim Glon)

Rarely can an athlete have the honor of calling themselves an All-American, especially at the division III level. For Ohio Northern baseball player Dan Belliveau, such an honor is not out of reach. The senior right fielder has been named a preseason All-American by d3baseball.com. 

In his junior campaign last year, Belliveau lead the Polar Bears to a 28-win season, the best finish in 25 years for ONU. Unfortunately, those 28 wins still wouldn’t be enough to get the team into the postseason, as they finished tied for 4th in the OAC. Belliveau was named a first team All-OAC player last season as well as second team All-Mideast Region by d3baseball.com.  

Leading the team to 28 wins was not the only thing that Belliveau led his team in, as the senior lefty slugger led the team in hits (56), home runs (8), runs batted in (43) and batting average (.361).  Owning the “triple crown” on your own team is a pretty hard feat to accomplish, especially with his partner in crime, senior center fielder Jack Lamarca, not too far behind him. Each of those statistics speak volumes of Belliveau’s work ethic and commitment to the game.

Despite the success from last season and the hype coming into this season, Belliveau still has many things he looks to knock out on his list of goals this season. Something that might be on the list is to play a full season, after coming into the year with some nagging elbow injuries suffered in the fall. Personally seeing his determination and leadership, he has truly been a role model to the younger players on the roster and myself. Hopefully Belliveau has a healthy and prosperous season to help lead his team to an OAC championship, something that has not been done in school history. It will be a story of interest to see how the season goes for the Polar Bears with a less than 100% Belliveau. It will certainly be a call to action for the younger players stepping into the roster and will demand even more from the talented returning pitching staff.

It is no question that Belliveau’s previous season's stats and performances have earned him the title of a preseason All-American, but the big question is can the humble senior rally his troops to finally reach the ultimate goal: a conference championship and a long awaited playoff berth? The responsibility is not solely on Belliveau as baseball is a complete team game, but with the new title behind his name, his skills and leadership are needed even more this season.

 

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