Matt Schuld, St. Thomas

Plymouth, Minn. / Robbinsdale Armstrong
Week of: 2010-05-17

University of St. Thomas senior pitcher Matt Schuld (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) retired 17 of the last 19 batters to finish a 5-0, complete-game shutout of Saint John's in an elimination game at the MIAC playoffs. The Johnnies only had one runner reach second base. Schuld was the lone pitcher to throw a shutout or a complete game in the seven games on the weekend. He struck out 10 and walked two and became the first MIAC pitcher to reach 29 career wins. Schuld is 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA in eight career postseason games, including a 3-0 record in elimination games. The fifth-ranked Tommies are in the NCAA playoffs for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons.

Matt Schuld, St. Thomas

Plymouth, Minn. / Robbinsdale Armstrong
Week of: 2010-05-10

University of St. Thomas senior pitcher Matt Schuld (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) went 2-0 on the week and broke the conference career wins record at 28 as he helped the fifth-ranked Tommies secure the program's eighth consecutive MIAC championship. With a pivotal game tied 1-1 he threw the last five innings against Hamline and allowed one hit, two walks and no runs in a 2-1, 10-inning victory. He started against St. Olaf and threw six shutout innings with no walks of a 19-4 win. Schuld has not allowed a run in his last 19 innings and is 20-2 over the last two seasons. He lowered his season ERA to 1.99. The Toms are the top seed for the MIAC playoffs which start Friday.

Cass Kreitlow, Hamline

Glenwood, Minn. / Minnewaska Area
Week of: 2010-05-10

Hamline University junior pitcher Cass Kreitlow (Glenwood, Minn./Minnewaska Area) threw a complete-game one-hitter against #5 St. Thomas in a 10-inning, 2-1, loss on Wednesday. The Tommies' lone hit in the game was a lead-off single in the first inning. That runner would eventually score on a sacrifice fly for the only earned run of the game. After that single, Kreitlow would go on to retire the next 23 batters until allowing two harmless walks in the eighth (his only two walks of the game). St. Thomas ultimately scored the game-winner in the 10th on a pair of Piper fielding errors. Adding to the impressive performance, this nine and two-thirds inning complete game came just four days after Kreitlow threw 10 innings against Saint John's on Saturday, May 1. In that double-header, he threw two scoreless innings to finish off the opener, then tossed a complete game in an eight-inning win in the second game.

Matt Schuld, St. Thomas

Plymouth, Minn. / Robbinsdale Armstrong
Week of: 2010-05-03

University of St. Thomas senior pitcher Matt Schuld (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) kept the Tommies in the MIAC title race with a three-hit shutout of MIAC co-leader Concordia-Moorhead in game one Saturday. In a game that was just 3-0 into the home half of the fifth, the host Toms won 12-0. Schuld worked out of two bases-loaded situations as he struck out seven and walked four. It was the first time the Cobbers were shutout in their last 34 MIAC games. Schuld also struck out two of the three batters he faced for a save in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Saint Mary's. Schuld, who lowered his season ERA to 2.41, improved to 26-5 on his career and moved within one win of tying the UST career wins record. No. 5-ranked UST went 4-1 on the week.

Cass Kreitlow, Hamline

Glenwood, Minn. / Minnewaska Area
Week of: 2010-04-26

Hamline University junior pitcher Cass Kreitlow (Glenwood, Minn./Minnewaska Area) entered the second game against Saint Mary's in the fifth inning with runners on first and second, two outs, and a 4-4 score. He struck out the next Cardinal batter and went on to throw six more innings, striking out two more batters (for a total of three) in earning the win in the 11-inning game. He scattered five hits, all of them singles, to help the Pipers to an essential MIAC sweep of Saint Mary's.

Hayden Zimmerman, Saint John's

New Richmond, Wis. / New Richmond
Week of: 2010-04-19

Saint John's University sophomore pitcher Hayden Zimmerman (New Richmond, Wis.) answered the Johnnies' loss in game one at Carleton with a complete-game victory in game two. He allowed two runs, both unearned, on seven hits with six strikeouts. The win improved his record to 6-1 on the season. He is now 3-0 with a conference-leading 1.77 ERA (min. 20 IP) in five MIAC appearances (20.1 innings). He has a .213 opponent batting average with 17 strikeouts and just four walks in conference play.

Andrew Aebly, Saint John's

Madison, Wis. / Edgewood
Week of: 2010-04-12

Saint John's University senior pitcher Andrew Aebly (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) pitched a complete-game 2-1 victory at No. 1 St. Thomas on April 7. The win snapped a five-game losing streak to UST and served as the Tommies' first loss to an NCAA Division III opponent in 18 games going back to last season (13-game winning streak in 2010). He struck out three, walked none, and scattered six hits (1-for-10 with runners on base) while allowing one run, which was unearned. Aebly entered the game with an 8.76 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched (four starts). His performance at UST sparked a staff that allowed six walks in 27 innings last week, a far cry from the 70 walks allowed in 137 innings before the week started.

Bryce Gapinski, St. Thomas

Foley, Minn. / Foley
Week of: 2010-04-05

University of St. Thomas sophomore pitcher Bryce Gapinski (Foley, Minn.) went 2-0 last week as he worked eight innings to beat Edgewood (8-1) and a seven-inning complete game over Carleton (4-1) in a game that was tied 1-1 in the sixth inning. For the week, Gapinski allowed only two runs in 15 innings of work for a 1.20 ERA while striking out six. Gapinski is 7-0 in his last nine starts dating back to May 2009. Gapinski is 10-2 overall in 15 career starts with a 3.28 ERA.

Ben Hughes, St. Olaf

St. Louis Park, Minn. / The Blake School
Week of: 2010-03-29

St. Olaf College sophomore pitcher Ben Hughes (St. Louis Park, Minn./The Blake School) struck out 16 hitters on the way to a nine-inning complete game win as the Oles defeated Edgewood 12-4 on Sunday. Hughes scattered 12 hits in the win, walking just two, as the Oles snapped a four-game losing skid in the process. His outing came two days after suffering a loss in a relief appearance against Bowdoin. Hughes is now 3-1 on the season (wins over Buena Vista, Wartburg and Edgewood) with a 4.50 ERA. In 26 innings, he has struck out 28 hitters against just six walks.

James Murrey, Macalester

Western Springs, Ill. / Lyons Township
Week of: 2010-03-22

Macalester College senior pitcher James Murrey (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA through his first four appearances, two at the Metrodome and two in Arizona over Spring Break. In 26 innings of mound duty, Murrey has 41 strikeouts against just four walks and has wins over Wartburg, UW-Superior and Concordia (Wis.). He worked the first eight innings against No. 30-ranked Johns Hopkins in a 1-0 Macalester win, and struck out 18 batters, matching a school record established in 1937. For that effort, Murrey was named national Division III pitcher of the week.