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Benjamin Sems

Position IF
Height 6'2''
Weight 195 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Chesterfield, Mo.
High School Westminster Christian

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
  • 2016-17 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team
  • Fall 2016 Athletic Director’s & Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls
  • Spring 2017 Athletic Director’s & Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls

2019, Junior season
Started as Opening Day shortstop at USC Upstate (2/15) … First-career stolen base against the Spartans (2/16) … Recorded first multi-home run game of career vs. Texas Southern (2/23) … Swiped a career-high three bases vs. Seton Hall (3/13).

2018, Sophomore season
Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team … Started 52 of the 53 games he played in … Batted .240 (44-for-183) with nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 29 RBIs … Started opening day at shortstop against Murray State (2/16) … Matched a then-career-high two hits against the Racers (2/16) … Notched a personal best in assists after six plus-defensive plays against Murray State (2/18) … Matched those six assists again in a game against Northwestern (2/25) … Rocketed first-career triple against Texas Southern (3/4) … Drove in a career-best five RBIs against the Tigers (3/4) … Hit second home run of his career Friday night at Baylor (3/23) … Matched career-high three hits against Morehead State (3/31) … Career-high two doubles against Wichita State (4/24) … Hit third home run of career as part of matching a personal-best three hits against West Virginia (5/6) … Hit go-ahead home run and scored a career-high three runs at K-State (5/11).

2017, Freshman season
Named to the 2016-17 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team … Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Athletic Director’s & Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls … Played 25 games, making 16 starts … Batted .220 (11-of-55) with two doubles and one home run … Drove in eight RBIs … Started first-career game against Liberty at third base (2/18) … Notched first-career base hit against Omaha (2/21) … Scored first-career run vs. Northwestern State (3/5) … Made first-career start at shortstop against Houston Baptist (3/12) … Drove in first-career RBIs (2) at Oral Roberts (3/15) where he also collected a personal-best two hits … Career-high two sacrifice hits against Texas (3/31) … First-career double against then-No. 16 Missouri State (5/2) … Hit first-career home run against Texas Southern (5/5) for a personal-best three RBIs … Scored a career-high two runs against K-State (5/12).

Westminster Christian Academy
Won three baseball letters playing for head coach Rich Van Gilst … Helped the Wildcats to a 2014 Missouri baseball Class 4 state title … A two-time Honorable Mention All-State honoree … As a senior, hit .413, while leading the Wildcats in hits and stolen bases … Also boasted a .920 fielding percentage … Pitched 23.0 innings as the team’s closer … A four-time National Honor Student.

Personal 
Born in Akron, Ohio … Son of Richard and Karin Sems … Has five siblings, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Rebekah, David and Josiah … Two of his brothers are adopted from Ethiopia … Father, Richard, played football at Grove City College … Majoring in architecture.