Lonnie Robinson, St. Thomas

Week of: 2008-05-12

University of St. Thomas senior pitcher Lonnie Robinson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo) had two complete-game wins to help the Tommies go 5-0 and secure the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles. He secured an outright MIAC title for the Toms with a seven-inning win at Concordia last Monday as he struck out seven, walked none and allowed two runs in a 7-2 win. In the pivotal Friday night winners' bracket game of the playoffs, he held St. Olaf to one run and three hits over eight innings and finished with 10 strikeouts and two runs allowed in a 6-2 victory. Robinson improved to 20-3 on his career as he had 17 strikeouts and just three walks on the week and has 66 Ks and just 12 walks in 56 innings on the season.

Kyle McCracken, Bethel

Week of: 2008-05-05

Bethel University sophomore pitcher Kyle McCracken (Johnston, Iowa) pitched nine and one-third innings of scoreless baseball to earn a win and a save during Bethel's 4-2 week. Against Macalester, he pitched the final three innings in the Royals 9-2 win to earn the save. Two days later, he pitched an additional three and two-thirds innings, earning the decision in Bethel's 4-1 win over Saint Mary's. In that game against the Cardinals, he came in with the bases loaded and just one out. The first batter he faced hit a come-backer to him, forcing an inning-ending, rally-killing double play. On Saturday, McCracken pitched two and two-thirds innings against Simpson, facing just one more batter than the minimum. He reduced his ERA from 2.70 to 1.93 in the past week, putting him among the top five pitchers in the conference. Weekly line: 3 APP, 1-0, 1 save, 0.00 ERA, 9.1 IP, 7 hits, 5 Ks, .233 opponent batting average.

Josh Roiger, Hamline

Week of: 2008-04-28

Hamline University senior pitcher Josh Roiger (West St. Paul, Minn./Sibley) led the Pipers to a road sweep of the #13 Tommies last week, coming in from left field for the save in the seventh inning of the opener. He then returned to the mound 30 minutes later to pitch a complete-game shutout in game two. The sweep over St. Thomas on their field marked the first time that the Tommies were swept in an MIAC baseball doubleheader in six seasons, covering 62 doubleheaders. It was the first time St. Thomas was swept at home in 10 years. While facing the minimum number of batters in the seventh inning in the game one 6-5 win Roiger struck out two and gave up one hit. In the complete-game shutout in game two, Roiger walked none and gave up just four hits, none with runners on base. He also threw six strikeouts in shutting down the Tommies.

Isaac Hamilton, Bethel

Week of: 2008-04-21

Bethel University senior pitcher Isaac Hamilton (Chaska, Minn./SW Christian) pitched two complete games for the Royals this week, including his first career shutout. He allowed four earned runs in six innings of work against Gustavus in the Royals 5-3 loss, and then bounced back for a two-hit shutout of Carleton as the Royals won 2-0. Hamilton retired the last 13 batters he faced in Bethel's win over the Knights. He is now 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 44.0 innings pitched, and has a strikeout to walk ratio of nearly 3:1.

Adam Bren, Gustavus

Week of: 2008-04-14

Gustavus Adolphus College sophomore pitcher Adam Bren (Chatfield, Minn.) allowed only two hits in seven innings to help the Gusties defeat Concordia 3-1 in game two and complete an important league sweep in Moorhead on Sunday afternoon. Bren allowed one hit and one earned run in the third inning and an infield single in the fourth and that was it as he put the Cobbers down in order in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. He walked one batter and struck out four including two in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Gustavus pitching staff registered three complete game victories to help the Gusties post a 4-0 record on the week. Gustavus is now 12-8 overall and 4-0 in the MIAC.

Adam Johnson, Concordia

Week of: 2008-04-07

Concordia College sophomore pitcher Adam Johnson (Pelican Rapids, Minn.) pitched six scoreless innings and earned the win in the Cobbers' 5-3 victory in game 1 over Carleton on Saturday. Johnson gave up only two hits and struck out five in picking up his second straight win. In the first five innings of his outing he only allowed only one runner to reach second base and at one point retired nine straight hitters. Johnson then came out of the game at the end of the sixth inning with Concordia clinging to a 2-0 lead. With his scoreless six innings, Johnson lowers his season ERA to a team-leading 2.18. He has only allowed two runs in his last 20 innings of work.

Lonnie Robinson, St. Thomas

Week of: 2008-03-31

University of St. Thomas senior pitcher Lonnie Robinson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo) threw a four-hit shutout to beat No. 7-ranked UW-Oshkosh in the Tommies' doubleheader split last Tuesday in the Metrodome. It was just the fourth time Oshkosh (now 8-3) has been shutout in its last 241 games over seven seasons. Six days earlier, Robinson pitched a shutout of Salve Regina (R.I.) -- its lone shutout loss in its last 169 games. In the Oshkosh win, he struck out six and didn't walk a batter in a game that was scoreless through three innings and 3-0 into the seventh inning. Robinson twice stranded a runner who reached third base with one out. The righthander improved to 3-0 on the season and 16-3 on his career.

Scott Schumacher, Concordia

Week of: 2008-03-24

Concordia College junior pitcher Scott Schumacher (Thompson, N.D.) went 2-0 during Concordia's spring trip to Arizona during the past week. He helped the Cobbers post a 6-4 record which is the first time since the 2003 season they have posted a winning record on their annual spring break trip. Schumacher started two games and pitched 11 innings in recording his two wins. He struck out 10 and only allowed six hits. Opponents hit a mere .158 against the right-hander and he only allowed two extra-base hits, both only doubles.