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 Saint John's, Saint Mary's, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's honors for April 22-28, 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
Saint John's University
Jr. | Designated Hitter
Cold Spring, Minn. | Saint John's Prep
Joey Stock went 4-for-7 with two home runs, four runs batted in - three coming with two outs - and three runs scored as Saint John's swept St. Thomas for the second consecutive season last week. Stock is batting .567 (17-for-30) with 10 extra-base hits including seven home runs, 20 runs batted in, and 13 runs scored over his last eight games. His nine home runs on the year tie him for the second-most in an SJU season, two behind Brent Schloe's 11 in 2000.
MIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Saint Mary's University
Jr. | Right-handed Pitcher
East Bethel, Minn. | St. Francis
James Green tossed his third consecutive complete-game shutout in the Saint Mary's 1-0 win over Bethel in the opening game of their MIAC doubleheader on Sunday. After blanking both Macalester and Concordia last week, Green limited the Royals to just five hits - all singles - while walking one and striking out five. Green allowed just one batter to reach third base and surrendered two hits in an inning just once. During his current 21-inning shutout run, Green has allowed 15 hits and three walks while striking out 22 batters. Green has now thrown six or more innings in all eight of his starts this season while allowing nine runs and striking out 60.
MIAC Softball Player of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Jr. | Third Base
South St. Paul, Minn.
Elise Barnes helped the No. 2-ranked Tommies to a 3-1 week and the MIAC championship as she hit .538 (7-for-13) with five runs batted in, seven runs scored, two home runs, two walks, and two steals in four games, including a sweep of second-place St. Catherine. Barnes extended her hitting streak to nine games and has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games. The junior infielder leads or is tied for the MIAC lead in batting average, RBI, runs scored, home runs, and slugging percentage. St. Thomas is now 33-1 since last postseason in games when Barnes scores a run.
MIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week
St. Olaf College
Jr. | Right-handed Pitcher
Sammamish, Wash. | Eastlake
Julie Graf earned victories in all three of her appearances last week, posting an ERA of 0.39 while striking out 42 batters over 18.0 innings of work to help St. Olaf clinch a spot in the MIAC Playoffs. She struck out 19 batters - the highest strikeout total ever in a seven-inning MIAC game - and allowed just one unearned run in a 2-1 game one win at Carleton last Wednesday. The junior added eight strikeouts in four shutout innings in game two. She capped the week by allowing just one run on three hits with 15 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory at Saint Benedict to clinch a playoff berth on Saturday. Graf also broke her own single-season MIAC record for strikeouts on Saturday, finishing the year with 169 Ks against conference opponents.