Career: rguably the best defensive shortstop in the Big Ten ... backed that statement up by being named first-team All-Big Ten at shortstop ... earned praise for his defensive play in his first season of 2000 ... continued his solid defensive play as a senior, while swinging the bat with more authority ... was productive on offense down the stretch and in conference play ... a nice complement to second baseman Blomberg, giving the Boilermakers one of the best middle infields in college baseball ... possesses great arm and is very quick with his glove ... very smart player, able to place bunts down to play into the Boilermakers? aggressive baserunning ... one of the team?s top baserunners.
2001: Started every game at shortstop for the Boilermakers for the second year in a row ... startes five games in the leadoff spot, two in the two-spot and three in the eighth spot of the order, while starting the rest of this season?s games in the ninth spot ... went 3-for-4 at Cal St. Northridge, with one run scored ... went 2-for-3 in the team?s first game at home against Minnesota ... collected two hits in three of the four games played at Illinois including a 2-for-3 performance in the first game of a doubleheader, adding a double and his first home run of the season ... led the team against Indiana with a collective 6-for-13 (.462), two doubles and three RBI over the weekend ... put together an eight-game hitting streak between April 18 and April 27 ... on defense, had season-high seven assists in a 5-2 win over Penn State on April 14 ... added six assists at IUPUI ... had four consecutive games with at least two hits during the week of April 28 - May 5 ... 26-for-70 (.371)over the last 23 games with seven doubles, two triples and one home run ... second only to Blomberg over that span ... led the team with 156 assists on defense while committing just 16 errors in 257 chances (.938) this season ... Duursma was 4-for-13 over the Iowa series, including a 2-for-4 performance in the regular season finale ... hit all three of his triples in the last five games of the regular season ... was 3-for-7 (.429) at the Big Ten tournament.
2000: Made an immediate impact in his first year, starting 57 of the 58 games last season at shortstop ... known more for his defensive play, Duursma led the team with 198 assists ... was second on the team wtih 38 fielded double plays ... finished with fielding percentage of .942, commiting just 18 errors all season.
Cypress Comm. College: Batted .343 in 181 at-bats in 1999 at Cypress, helping team to a 37-14-1 record ... had 10 doubles and one homerun in 52 games ... state runners up ... Orange Empire conference champions ... anchor of the defense at shortstop of the northern california team ... two-year starter.
Personal: Parents are Bill and Louise Duursma ... majoring in liberal arts, plans on coaching or teaching.
Duursma's Career Statistics
Yr. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG 2000 57-57 172 22 46 6 1 1 24 3 14 25 .267 2001 56-56 178 37 53 12 3 1 25 8 23 27 .298 Career 113-113 350 59 99 18 4 2 49 11 37 52 .283