Krizan breaks NCAA doubles record
DBU senior hits 37th double of year in game against Alcorn St.
Dallas Baptist University Senior Jason Krizan broke the NCAA Division I single-season doubles record on Friday afternoon at Patriot Field.
Krizan hit his 37th double of the season in his first at-bat of the second game of a doubleheader against Alcorn State, surpassing the previous record of 36 shared by three others. LSU's Brad Hawpe accomplished the feat most recently, in 2000, joining Rice's Damon Thames, in 1998, and Florida State's Jeremy Morris, in 1996. Krizan was able to break the mark in only 51 games, where the previous record holders needed 69, 63, and 69 games, respectively. With five games still remaining on their 2011 regular season schedule, Krizan will have the opportunity to extend his record-setting mark.
Krizan is also riding a DBU record, 38 game hitting streak, hitting safely in every game the Patriots have played since March 10, 2011.
Krizan, a senior, from Pflugerville, Texas, is leading an offense that ranks in the top 10 in eight different statistical categories.
Out of 300 NCAA Division I baseball programs, DBU ranks second in scoring (9.0), third in runs (389), third in slugging percentage (.51), fourth in walks (239), and sixth in home runs (50).
As of May 13, Krizan ranks first in doubles (37), first in doubles per game (.74), 10th in on-base percentage (.521), sixth in slugging percentage (.744), third in on-base plus slugging (1.265), seventh in average (.432), eighth in runs (56), second in hits (86), fourth in RBI (64), and second in total bases (148), in all of NCAA Division I according to Boyd's World.
For the afternoon, Krizan helped the Patriots win both games of the twin bill by the scores of 16-0 and 12-0. In game one, Krizan went 2-4, with 5 RBI, including a three-run home run. In game two, Krizan went 2-4, with his record-breaking RBI double and another three-run homer, giving him 9 RBI on the day.
Head Coach Dan Heefner credits Krizan’s work ethic for his incredible ability to find the opening in opposing defenses.
“Jason has always been a great hitter,” Heefner said. “But he has improved every year because he has an outstanding work ethic and a very mature approach to at bats and the game in general.”
“Every year, we say our goal as a team offensively is to lead the nation in doubles, because we feel it means you are doing so many things well - you are getting a good pitch to hit, putting an aggressive swing on it and running the bases well,” said Heefner. “Jason does all those things better than anyone I have seen. Not only that, but the better the competition, the better he has done.”