The University of St. Thomas Men’s Baseball Team had an
outstanding spring season. It ended with winning records
both in conference and overall, tying for the regular-season
MIAC title with a record of 16-4. The overall record of 29-18,
losing their last game of the year to UW-LaCrosse.
In March, the Tommies had the opportunity to travel to
Auburndale, Florida, to play in the Russ Matt Invitational
Tournament. The Tommies went 2-4 against some tough
competition which helped them prepare for their first home
games against UW-Stout, winning 4-1 and 2-0. This set the
winning attitude for the rest of the season. The Tommies
ended the conference season with a combined .306 batting
average and 2. 80 ERA.
Key players for the Tommies included sophomore Joe Burnley, who received a MIAC Baseball weekly honor as he had
a couple of breakout games in the end of April. At the end
of the regular season, the top four Tommie pitchers each
had an ERA of 3.00 or under, and four Tommie hitters had
a slugging percentage of over .500. As far as fielding goes,
the baseball team’s gloves sported a combined fielding
percentage of .955.
The Tommies also competed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the 19th time in 23 seasons. David Stevens sums
up the season: “My favorite memory is the combination of
all the times I spent with guys on the team, on and off the
field. I’m most proud of us making it to a regional for the
first time since 2014.”
Overall, the Tommies’ hard work over the offseason payed
off during the regular season as they played in their first regional in three years. St. Thomas hopes to build off this season for successful seasons to come.
“MY FAVORITE MEMORY IS THE COMBINATION
OF ALL THE TIMES I SPENT WITH THE GUYS ON
THE TEAM, ON AND OFF THE FIELD.”
- DAVID STEVENS ‘ 17
Photos: Gene McGivern ( 1-3); Olivia Zipperer ( 4)
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