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Club baseball player named to NCBA All-Decade Team

RELEASED: July 9, 2010

Greg Aune
Greg Aune

EAU CLAIRE — A former pitcher and designated hitter for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire club baseball team has been named to the National Club Baseball Association All-Decade Team. Greg Aune, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire graduate, was among those the NCBA determined to be the best of approximately 15,000 athletes from the years 2000-10.

"It's nice to be recognized for any success I was lucky enough to have during my time playing at UW-Eau Claire, especially since we were always playing much larger universities that played more games and received more exposure," said Aune, who played from 2003-05. "The talent of the guys around me allowed me to do some of the things I did. I had the opportunity to play on some excellent teams at UW-Eau Claire."

The UW-Eau Claire team competed in the Club Baseball World Series in 2004 and 2005, and Aune received All-American honors both years — once as a pitcher and once as a designated hitter.

Kyle Buchmann, former president of the UW-Eau Claire club team and Aune's teammate and coach, witnessed Aune's grand slam at Carson Park in the last inning against Nebraska that clinched the Blugolds a berth in the 2005 World Series.

"He was the type of player that other teams would formulate a game plan around," Buchmann said, noting that Aune led the nation in home runs that year. "Greg is very deserving of this award," said Buchmann, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire graduate who now is a major gifts officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Many colleges across the nation cut their baseball programs in the late 1990s due to lack of funding through Title IX and discretionary budgets. The NCBA was created to give more students the opportunity to play organized baseball and currently comprises 189 teams. The NCBA celebrated its 10th anniversary last month at the World Series in Fort Myers, Fla.

"Baseball is a tough game, but it's very rewarding when you can experience success," Aune said. "As a pitcher, the game is always on my shoulders and I really enjoy that part of it because it makes you tougher and teaches you how to deal with adversity.

"I love pretty much everything about the game — the competition, the difficulty, the camaraderie with the guys you play with."

Aune continues to play for the Haugen Hornets, a Wisconsin Baseball Association team, and lives in Wausau with his wife, Jennifer.

"I wouldn't get to see my closest friends and family very often without baseball."

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