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Washington University in St. Louis senior catcher Kyle Kozak was named to the 2016 American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Gold Glove Team, as announced Thursday as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2016 NCAA Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis. Kozak graduated this month with a BSBA from Olin where he was a finance major.

KozakGoldGolveKozak is the first Bear to be named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove team, which was first recognized in 2007.

“Kyle had an outstanding season behind the plate for us this year. Every baseball person knows that you must be strong at the catching position if you want to have a quality ball club, and Kyle performed at a high level defensively from the beginning to the end,” said first-year head coach Pat Bloom. “He handled all of our pitchers and their variety of repertoires, he blocked everything in front of him, and he was outstanding at controlling the running game. Most importantly, he exhibited the competitive toughness and consistency of focus that the position requires day in and day out.”

Kozak started 46 of 50 games played behind the plate for the Bears, recording a .993 fielding percentage.He committed just two errors and two passed balls in 298 chances. Kozak added 47 assists and seven pickoffs, and threw out 23 of 49 (46.9 percent) runners trying to steal. At the plate, he hit .290 with seven doubles and 21 RBIs.

WashU finished the 2016 season with a 33-18 overall record, one-win shy of the single-season school record, and won the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. The Bears also made their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and won two postseason games for the first time in school history.

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Washington University in St. Louis opens its 118th season of college football Saturday, Sept. 6, at home against Ohio Northern University. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Francis Field. The Bears have compiled an all-time record of 502-465-28 (.519) in 117 seasons of football on the Danforth Campus.

Wash U Head coach Larry Kindbom returns 15 starters (Offense-8; Defense-5; Special Teams-2) from last year’s squad, which posted an 8-3 overall record and won its second straight University Athletic Association (UAA) title with a 3-0 mark. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time in school history.

Ohio Northern (0-0) at Washington U. (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 • 1 p.m. (CT)
Francis Field • St. Louis, Mo.

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THE SERIES – Washington U. and Ohio Northern are meeting for the first time in school history.

THE COACHES – Head coach Larry Kindbom (Kalamazoo, 1974) is in his 26th season at Washington University, with a record of 156-95 (.622). His 156 wins rank him as the all-time winningest coach at Washington U. Overall, in 31 seasons, Kindbom is 184-125-1 (.595).
Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul (Mount Union, 1990) has led the Polar Bears to a 68-34 (.667) overall record and an appearance in the national rankings in eight of 10 seasons. In 15 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division III level, Paul has posted a 108-46 overall record (.701). He came to ONU after five seasons at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

• Be the Bears’ eight-straight regular season win dating back to 2013 season.
• Extend Washington U.’s home win streak to seven games dating back to 2012.
• Be the first season-opening win since a 28-10 win at Knox on Sept. 3, 2011.

MEDIA COVERAGE – Saturday’s contest vs. Ohio Northern will be broadcast live at no cost on the Bear Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the Washington University Athletics website.

B-school students on WUSTL’s basketball teams are wrapping up their season with more honors and accolades. This week, it’s Melissa Gilkey’s turn. The sophomore is a forward on the varsity women Bears’ team and was named to the 2013 D3Hoops.com All-Central Region First Team.

Gilkey, who was the 2012 D3Hoops.com Central Region Rookie of the Year, was a first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection this season. She led the Bears with 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while also recording 29 blocked shots, 31 steals and 28 assists. Gilkey recorded seven double-doubles and scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games. She topped the 20-point mark seven times, including a career-high 25 points in Washington U.’s 82-73 win over Southwestern College (Texas) Dec. 30.

A D3Hoops.com Preseason Honorable Mention All-American, Gilkey was the leading scorer for the Bears in 17 games in 2012-13. She was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week for games played Dec. 17-30, and was the UAA Athlete of the Week Jan. 5. Through her first two collegiate seasons, Gilkey has started all 56 career games at Washington U., recording 723 points and 402 rebounds. She has 67 career blocks, which ranks ninth on Washington University’s all-time career leaderboard, and is also 10th on the career free-throw percentage list (.739).

Washington University finished the season with a 22-6 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship for the 15th time in school history. It marked the 24th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the Bears.

Thanks to WUSTL Bearsports for their coverage.