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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Augustana pitcher Derek Hansen was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 769th pick in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday.

Hansen, a junior right-hander from Fergus Falls, S.D., is the first Viking drafted since 2007 when Mike Loberg was taken in the 33rd round by the San Francisco Giants.  He is the fifth player from Augustana to be selected in the MLB Draft and the highest pick in program history.

Hansen was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year and an all-conference first-team selection at both pitcher and first base. The right-hander went 7-4 with a 1.60 earned-run average this season, striking out a school-record 103 batters in just 67.2 innings. Opponents were limited to a .181 batting average, and he allowed just one home run all year.

Hansen was the NSIC Pitcher of the Week on April 9 and 24.  The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him its Central Region Pitcher of the Week on April 10 and 24.

Postseason honors in 2012 include nods for NCBWA All-Central Region first team, NCBWA Central Region Pitcher of the Year, NCBWA All-America second team (pitcher) and honorable mention (utility), Daktronics All-Central Region first team, Daktronics All-America third team, Rawlings/ABCA All-Central Region first team, Rawlings/ABCA Central Region Pitcher of the Year and Rawlings/ABCA All-America third team.
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