Todd Mathison, St. Olaf
Week of: 2009-05-11
St. Olaf College senior infielder/pitcher Todd Mathison (Northfield, Minn.) went a combined 9-for-23 with two homers, three doubles, 12 RBIs and two walks to help St. Olaf to the MIAC playoffs championship. In Sunday's sweep of St. Thomas, Mathison was 7-for-10 with two homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs as the Oles clinched their third trip to the NCAA's in the last four seasons. His first inning grand slam in the first game set the tone for the victories.
Tyler Johnson, St. Olaf
Week of: 2009-05-04
St. Olaf College senior infielder Tyler Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn./Holy Family) helped St. Olaf clinch a playoff berth with a five-homer week. He went 10-for-22 over the stretch as he completed the move from first base to the middle infield, playing second base and short when Ole ace Todd Mathison pitches. He hit three homers in the Oles' game two win over Hamline on Thursday and had one each in wins over Gustavus and Carleton. In the postseason-clinching sweep over Carleton, Johnson went 4-for-6 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs. His five homers this week gives him 12 for the season, one shy of the school record. His 39 RBIs are a career-high.
Kyle Johnson, Concordia
Week of: 2009-04-27
Concordia College senior catcher Kyle Johnson (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti) hit five home runs in six games including a three-run walkoff bomb against Saint Mary's on Saturday. Johnson hit .563 for the week and posted an unbelievable 1.500 slugging percentage. He also had 11 RBI as the Cobbers went 3-3 and held onto the chance of earning a spot in the MIAC playoffs. Johnson had at least one hit in five of the six games on the week. In four of the six games Johnson had multiple RBI and in game 1 against Saint Mary's he drove in a season-high five runs on a pair of long balls. His game-winning shot in the bottom of the seventh carried over the 25-foot high batter's eye in dead center field.
Tyler Kruse, Saint Mary's
Week of: 2009-04-20
Saint Mary's University senior outfielder Tyler Kruse (Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle) hit a team-best .625 in five games last week, including a 2-for-3, two-run effort in SMU's streak-snapping 6-3 MIAC victory in Game 2 vs. Bethel Saturday. Kruse, who also drove in three runs and scored twice last week, collected two hits in each of the five games he played in, going 2-for-3 in Game 2 vs. Luther last Monday, followed by 2-for-3 and 2-for-4 showings vs. Saint John's and back-to-back 2-for-3 outings vs. Bethel. For the season, Kruse is hitting .347 with a team-leading eight extra-base hits - including three triples - and has driven in 11 runs.
David Ames, Carleton
Week of: 2009-04-13
Carleton College sophomore shortstop David Ames (Riverwoods, Ill./Deerfield) appeared in all four games for Carleton this week, with multi-hit games in his three contests with a plate appearance. He was 7-for-9 at the plate for a .778 batting average and he batted in four runs. Batting in the ninth spot in the lineup, provided a spark for the top of the order as he reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances at one point during the week. Ames also stole three bases during the week. Solid play in the field also contributed towards Carleton's first five-game win streak since April 1997.
Tim Oesterlin, Bethel
Week of: 2009-04-06
Bethel University junior centerfielder Tim Oesterlin (Rochester, Minn./John Marshall) was a key contributor to Bethel's doubleheader sweep of Hamline last Friday, as he was a combined 6-for-8 with three runs and three extra base hits. The starting centerfielder was 3-for-4 with two runs and a double in Bethel's 11-0 win in the first game. In the second game, he again batted 3-for-4 with a double and his third triple in his last four games. He also batted in three runs to lift Bethel to an 11-2 win in the nightcap. Oesterlin now has a conference batting average of .769 through four games and leads the Royals in several offensive categories, including hits, runs, triples, RBIs, total bases, and stolen bases.
Matt McQuillan, St. Thomas
Week of: 2009-03-30
University of St. Thomas sophomore center fielder Matt McQuillan (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) helped the Tommies cap off a 9-2 trip to Florida and split an MIAC set with Bethel. McQuillan, the Tommie leadoff hitter, batted .517 in nine games last week with 15 hits and 12 runs. He struck out just once in 33 plate appearances. His two-out triple broke open a close game vs. Bethel and helped UST get a split. In four games vs. nationally-ranked UW-Oshkosh, he was 7-for-12 with a walk and HBP and scored five runs. McQuillan has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and raised his season average to .396.
Craig Henry, Augsburg
Week of: 2009-03-23
Augsburg College junior catcher Craig Henry (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) hit .500 (14-of-28) with 13 runs scored, 13 RBI and six doubles, as Augsburg went 4-6 in its 10 games at the Greater Phoenix Invitational last week. He collected a team-best .714 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage on the week. He reached base 21 times in his 35 plate appearances on the week. Henry is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, and had multiple-hit games four times on the Arizona trip.
Matt Butorac, Saint John's
Week of: 2009-03-16
Saint John's University sophomore shortstop Matt Butorac (Maple Grove, Minn.) leads the Johnnies in virtually every batting category following SJU's first 12 games. Butorac is batting .478 with 22 hits, nine doubles, 13 RBI and 33 total bases for a .717 slugging percentage. Butorac, who bats left-handed, was 6-for-12 against left-handed pitching and 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position. On March 6 against Dakota State (S.D.) in Chandler, Ariz., Butorac blasted a double off the fence in right (park was 365 ft. down the lines, 420 ft. to center) before going 9 for his next 13 at the plate in the final three games of the spring trip. In the Johnnies' 24-8 win over Dickinson (Pa.), Butorac went 4-for-7 with six RBI, two doubles and a run scored. In the trip's finale, a 12-11 win over No. 19 Wheaton (Mass.) in 10 innings, Butorac was 4-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and two doubles. Butorac cracked a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th, before a SAC bunt moved him to third and a game-winning hit scored him from third.