PNC - Fri, Feb. 22, 2013
The 2013 PNC Athletic Hall of Fame class was recently announced and new members include Chris Schultz (baseball), Jessica Brannagan (softball) and John Selman (baseball).
Highlighting the class is Schultz, who many believe to be the best ballplayer in the history of PNC baseball. Schultz concluded his senior year by being named PNC's first-ever NAIA First Team All-American and signing a pro contract with the independent Schaumburg Flyers.
Schultz was a two-year player for PNC under Coach John Weber as he transferred in from Elgin Community College after his first two seasons.
During his memorable senior season (54 games) Schultz established school records (at the time) in batting average (.445) HR's (14), RBI (61) 3B's (8), total bases (159), hits (85), runs (52) and slugging percentage (.832) while manning centerfield. He added 17 BB's, 8 SB's, 16 2B's and 9 outfield assists. He was supposed to be PNC's top pitcher but ended up focusing on centerfield due to an arm injury.
His junior year was almost as impressive as Schultz once again hit .445 and added 8 HR's, 48 RBI, 10 2B's, 5 3B's, 15 BB's, and 9 SB's in 40 games. He slugged .766 and added 41 runs scored while manning first base.
On the mound, Schultz finished 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 25.1 innings. He struck out 27 and walked 13, holding opponents to a .269 average.
Brannagan, primarily a second baseman, will be just the second softball player to be inducted following Val Minyard in the 2012 class. She finished at or near the top of several single season and career offensive categories upon the conclusion of her career.
As a senior Brannagan hit .302 (48 for 159) while collecting 1 HR, 3 3B's, 6 2B's and 12 RBI. The lead-off sparkplug added 6 BB's, 15 SB's and 27 runs in 46 games, while setting the all-time stolen base mark at PNC.
Brannagan's junior season was more of the same as the steady player hit .292 with (47 for 161) with 6 2B's, 2 3B's and 15 RBI. She walked 9 times and added 14 SB's while scoring 25 runs.
The eerily consistent Brannagan hit .275 as a sophomore with 2 2B's and 6 RBI while swiping 9 bags. She scored 22 runs and walked 8 times despite nagging injuries..
As a freshman Brannagan burst on the scene hitting .315 (39 for 124) with 1 HR, 6 RBI and 6 SB's in 37 games. She added 4 walks and 14 runs.
The Chesterton native was known for her defensive presence, leadership and stalwart in helping turn around the program under Head Coach Jeff Boardman and Assistant Coach Denny King.
Finally, John Selman, simply known as "Kouter" because he is a native of Kouts, IN, was a standout baseball player for Coach Weber for four years.
Like Brannagan, Selman was consistent all four years and manned shortstop his final two seasons. He was known for his versatility and played every position on the field except catcher during his career.
His senior season capped an outstanding career as Selman hit .317 with 6 HR's, 14 2B's, 3 3B's and 38 RBI in 52 games. He added 47 runs, 18 BB's and 6 SB's.
The lanky righty was equally impressive as a junior when he hit .320 with 3 HR's, 9 2B's, 1 3B and 24 RBI while collecting 17 BB's and 8 SB's. He also won the Gold Glove award for PNC when he made the transition to shortstop following two years as a utility player.
As a sophomore, Selman hit an impressive .358 with 3 HR's, 12 2B's, 1 3B and 28 RBI while collecting 7 BB's and 12 SB's. He did this while playing 7 different positions for the Panthers depending on their need for a given day.
Selman established himself as a master of all as a freshman when he played 7 positions once again and hit .310. He added 10 2B's, 1 3B, 25 RBI, 33 runs, 18 BB's and 20 SB's, a program record at the time.
"We're very excited to welcome three new members to PNC's Athletic Hall of Fame," said Director of Athletics John Weber. "All three were not only excellent student-athletes but were Champions of Character as well."
This year's Athletic Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet will take place once again at the Stardust Event Center in Michigan City. The facility opens at 5:30 with dinner at 6 p.m.