June 9, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio-Junior Marc Krauss (Deshler, Ohio), the nation’s leader in home runs per game, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 64th overall selection Tuesday.
He became the 39th player to be drafted since head coach Joe Carbone took over the program in 1989.
Krauss, a 2009 Louisville Slugger All-America First Team selection by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, became the first Bobcat first-teamer since Scott Kuvinka in 1979. Krauss, listed at third base, was the lone Mid-American Conference player on any of the three All-America teams and one of just eight players from a non-BCS conference on the 17-man first team. Anthony Gressick was Ohio's last All-American, as he claimed third-team honors in 2006.
He was also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually by USA Baseball to the nation's top amateur baseball player. Krauss became the first Bobcat to ever garner the MAC Player of the Year award when he earned the honor May 19 and was placed on the All-MAC First Team for the third-straight year. He was also tabbed CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Second-Team Academic All-District and was a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week April 6.
Krauss, who started all 53 games this season, shattered Ohio's single-season home runs record in 2009 with 27 (the record was 20), which ranks third nationally and second in MAC single-season history. He led the league with 70 RBIs, which ties for first on Ohio's single-season chart. His 178 total bases (eighth nationally) this season are a school record, as is his .852 slugging percentage (fourth nationally), both of which also rank first in the MAC. A journalism major in the broadcast news sequence, Krauss batted .402 on the year with 84 hits, including 13 doubles. Krauss scored 73 runs, while drawing 46 walks to help his .521 on-base percentage, all of which rank second in the conference and in the top 29 nationally.