Matt Pexa, St. Thomas
Week of: 2007-05-07
University of St. Thomas junior catcher Matt Pexa (New Prague, Minn.) batted .555 and had a 1.677 slugging percentage as he helped the 19th-ranked Tommies go 4-0 and secure at least a share of the MIAC title. He homered twice in Sunday's 10-6 win over Carleton that clinched the conference crown. He also homered and doubled in a 3-for-4 day in Wednesday's sweep at Macalester. He finished the week 5-for-9 with nine RBI, four runs scored, three homers, a double, a single, a HBP, a walk and two steals. He finished with a .468 batting average during the MIAC season. The Tommies are now 28-9 and will play in this weekend's MIAC Tournament.
Kirby Carr, Bethel
Week of: 2007-04-30
Player - Bethel University senior centerfielder Kirby Carr (Fergus Falls, Minn.) was 11-for-22 (.500) with five home runs, 10 runs scored, 12 RBI and an amazing 1.182 slugging pct. as the Royals went 3-3 against St. Olaf, Saint Mary’s, and Gustavus last week. Carr also walked three times, twice intentionally, and had seven putouts. Against conference leader St. Olaf, Carr grabbed two runs, two RBI, and two hits, one a home run that started his current five game home run hitting streak. In a must win series against Saint Mary’s, Carr helped lead the Royals to a sweep as he went a combined 3-for-6 with four runs, three RBI, and two home runs while being intentionally walked twice. On April 28 against Gustavus, Carr had a pair of 3-for-4 games with one run, five RBI, and a home run in the first game and three runs, two RBI, and a home run in the second. In the process of the week, Carr also set Bethel’s all-time RBI mark as he now has 147 in his career. Carr is also the Bethel career record holder in home runs, total bases, and currently is the leader in batting avg. and slugging pct. On the season, Carr leads Bethel in batting avg. (.425), slugging pct. (.736), hits (45), runs scored (38), RBI (36) and stolen bases (5). Stats: 11-for-22 hitting (.500), 1.182 slugging pct., 5 HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 7 PO
Brian Knoblauch, Concordia
Week of: 2007-04-23
Player - Concordia College senior outfielder Brian Knoblauch (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral) hit .500 (8-for-16) in helping Concordia win three of six games last week. The Cobbers split with Bethel on Monday, then lost two at Gustavus on Wednesday and then posted their first conference sweep of the season by beating Augsburg twice on Saturday. The three wins were the first MIAC victories of the season for Concordia. Knoblauch finished the week with a .937 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .619. Of his eight hits he collected four doubles and one home run. He also walked three times and was beaned once. On Monday against Bethel, Knoblauch went 1-for-3 with two RBI's in the opener and then a perfect 3-for-3 in the second-game win for Concordia. He also scored two runs and drove in a run in CC's 11-10 victory. For the series he was 4-for-7 with three RBI's and two runs scored and made several clutch catches in the outfield with the wind that was swirling throughout both games. On Wednesday against Gustavus, Knoblauch went 1-for-5 with a double a run scored and an RBI as the Cobbers were swept by the Gusties. In the Cobbers' sweep over Augsburg, Knoblauch went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and scored three runs. He also walked twice and was intentionally walked once. Stats for the week: G 6, GS 6, BA .500 (8-for-16), SLG% .937, OB% .619, 2B 4, HR 1, BB 3, HBP 2
Eric Bigham, Gustavus
Week of: 2007-04-16
Player - Gustavus Adolphus College freshman first baseman/left fielder Eric Bigham (Robbinsdale, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) hit .538 on the week, going 7-for-13 with two doubles, a grand slam home run, five RBIs, and five runs scored in five games. Bigham was also walked twice, stole a base and made 10 putouts in the field. In the 9-2 game one win over Saint John's April 15, Bigham went 3-for-4 with a double and a grand slam home run. He also scored three times. In game two, the freshman went 1-for-3 and drove in a run. Bigham went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the April 14 doubleheader sweep of Augsburg and also had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning of Gustavus' 4-3, 10-inning win over Hamline April 9. Stats for the Week: 5GP-4GS, .538 BA (7-13), 5R, 2 2B, 1 HR (GS), 5 RBI, .923 slg%, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1-1 SB-ATT, 10 PO, 0 E
Tony Konicek, Gustavus
Week of: 2007-04-09
Player - Gustavus Adolphus College senior centerfielder Tony Konicek (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) was 6-for-9 (.667) with three doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI as the Gusties recorded a doubleheader split with St. Thomas on April 2. Konicek was 4-for-5 in game one's 3-2, ten-inning loss with two doubles, a run and an RBI. In game two's 6-3 win over the Tommies, Konicek was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored at the plate and also recorded a pair of outs. Stats for the Week: 6-for-9 hitting (.667), 3 2Bs, 2 RS, 1 RBI, 3 PO, 1.000 slug%.
Pat O'Lauglin, Hamline
Week of: 2007-04-02
Player - Hamline University first-year catcher Pat O'Laughlin (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) batted 4-for-7 with two doubles and three RBI in a pair of games against Augsburg on Saturday. In the Pipers' 4-3 win, O'Laughlin went 2-for-4 at the plate. In the bottom of the seventh inning, O'Laughlin hit a walkoff, two-out RBI single to win the game for the Pipers. He also scored a run in the contest. In Hamline's 6-5 loss in game one, O'Laughlin was 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the sixth to put the Pipers up 5-4. Stats for the Week: 4-for-7 hitting (.571 average), 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 1 RS, .857 slug%.
Josh Schultheis, St. Olaf
Week of: 2007-03-26
Player - St. Olaf College senior outfielder/designated hitter Josh Schultheis (Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View) went a combined 10-for-16 as St. Olaf went 4-0, sweeping Wartburg 7-2 and 5-4 in the Metrodome on Tuesday and UW-Oshkosh 13-3 and 5-4 on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. Schultheis went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4 with a homer in the sweep of Wartburg. In Saturday's opening 13-3 win he went 4-for-5 with an RBI double. He followed with a two-hit game in the 5-4 win over the Titans. Schultheis is hitting .500 (13-for-26) in St. Olaf's 7-1 start. The Oles play Union College and Depauw University a combined five times over the next three days.
Eric Greenlee, Carleton
Week of: 2007-03-19
Player - Carleton College senior second baseman Eric Greenlee (Missouri City, Texas) was 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored as Carleton won four of its first six games on its spring break trip in Fort Pierce, Fla. The start was Carleton's best in 75 seasons, as the Knights are now 6-2 overall. In a doubleheader sweep of Swarthmore on Friday, Greenlee was a combined 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, two runs scored and a double, moving Carleton to 4-0 for the first time since 1932. On day two, he was a combined 2-for-6 in losses to St. Scholastica and Western Conn. State. Greenlee had the game-winning RBI in the win over Western Conn. State on Sunday, as the Knights rallied from a two-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The RBI was a walk-off ground-out with the bases loaded and game tied and one out. He then rebounded in yesterday's 10-9 win over WCSU with a 2-for-5 performance with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.