Former Indian set to play in NCAA tourney

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Keanu Van Kuren

AUSTIN, Tex. ó Former McCook Community College player Keanu Van Kuren -- who transferred last year to Texas Southern -- will play in the NCAA baseball tournament starting Friday.

The Texas Southern Tigers were selected to the Austin Regional for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face top seeded Texas in its opening contest, which will begin at 8 p.m. Friday. (The contest will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network.)

The regional is a double-elimination format, with the winner of the opening contest advancing in the winnerís bracket and the loser falling to the loserís bracket to play an elimination game. Texas A & M and Indiana are the other two teams in the Austin Regional.

The 27-26 Tigers are making their third NCAA tournament appearance in four seasons.

Van Kuren, a 5-9 junior outfielder from Las Vegas, started 37 games for the Tigers and batted .270 with 10 steals and 16 RBIs.

In the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game against Grambling State, Van Kuren went two-for-three with a triple and five runs scored in an 18-3 win to clinch a spot in the tournament for the second-straight season.

At MCC Van Kuren was the everyday centerfielder for the Indians, leading off and playing in every game except one over his two years.

Last year he hit a team-high .358 with 13 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, and 36 RBI. He also set the school record in stolen bases (22).

The regionals and super regionals lead to College World Series play starting June 17.

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