National and MVC Honors for Top Hitter
Mike Tauchman ’13 shows the form that made him the nation’s best hitter and a first-team All-American, while earning him a host of other honors. Photo: Bob Hunt.
Outfielder Mike Tauchman ’13 garnered several honors after the baseball season closed in May.
Besides leading the nation in hitting with a .425 average, he was announced as a first-team All-American by Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), becoming the second player in school history to receive that designation and the 11th student-athlete to lead the nation in a statistical category.
His other honors include:
- Named the Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and an MVC first-team all-conference and all-defensive team selection
- Selected second-team All-American by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America magazine
- Named a first-team All-Midwest Region choice by the ABCA
- Chosen Alumni B-Club Most Outstanding Male Athlete
- Picked in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies and signed to play for the Tri-City Dust Devils, a short-season Class A team.
Tauchman’s batting average marks the best in the school’s history by a player with at least 100 times at bat. “Mike comes to the field every day, and you never have to worry about what you will get,” Head Coach Elvis Dominguez said.
“There have been so many terrific ballplayers at Bradley and in the MVC throughout the years, and to be included in that group is a very special feeling,” Tauchman said.
Bradley soccer player Tapiwa Machingauta ’13 won the Charles Orsborn Award, the University’s most prestigious athletics honor, during the Senior Send Off and Athletics Awards Banquet in May. It marked the second consecutive year a soccer player claimed the distinction.
Named for famed basketball coach Charles Orsborn ’39 MS ’51, the award recognizes the senior student-athlete who best combines athletic success, academic achievement and community service. Machingauta, a native of Zimbabwe, was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 2012 and a second-team All-Midwest Region choice by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He was a four-year starter for Bradley and the team’s MVP in 2012–13.