BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for baseball and softball on Monday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Concordia, and St. Olaf claimed the Conference's honors for April 1-7, 2019.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the spring season, team sports (baseball, softball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (tennis, golf, outdoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Baseball Player of the Week
St. Olaf College
So. | Outfielder
TJ Rogers had nine hits, six runs, and two RBI as the Oles picked up victories in three of four conference contests last week. Rogers recorded a slash line of .600/.684/.733 over the course of the week. He had three hits in three games, including two doubles and two RBI in a 9-8 victory over Augsburg. Rogers was 3-for-4 at-bat in both games against the Auggies and totaled five stolen bases in two games against Saint Mary's.
MIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Sr. | Right-handed Pitcher
Spicer, Minn. | Willmar
Cole Christensen earned victories in two of Concordia's three games last week. He pitched eight shutout innings against Augsburg on Monday and then came back to throw seven innings and only allow one run in the Cobbers' victory at Macalester on Saturday. Christensen fanned 12 batters versus the Auggies and then 11 more against the Scots to bring his MIAC-leading total to 42.
MIAC Softball Player of the Week
So. | Infielder
Allie Fauth hit .643 with a .667 on-base percentage to lead Bethel to a pair of conference sweeps over Augsburg and Concordia last week. The sophomore infielder matched a career-high with four RBI in the nightcap win against Concordia on Saturday. Fauth - who ranks third in Division III with 1.55 runs per game this season - crossed the plate seven times last week.
MIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week
St. Olaf College
Jr. | Right-handed Pitcher
Sammamish, Wash. | Eastlake
Julie Graf became the MIAC's all-time leader in career strikeouts and threw three complete-game no-hitters last week for St. Olaf. The junior struck out 11 batters in a no-hitter against Gustavus in a 1-0 win on Wednesday, fanned six Tommies in a no-hitter during a 1-0 loss at No. 6 St. Thomas on Saturday, and struck out 16 in a nine-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 win against Augsburg on Sunday. On Thursday, Graf set the MIAC record with the 697th strikeout of her career during game two of a doubleheader at St. Kate's.