MIAC Baseball Notebook - April 2, 2019

SMU's James Green was true to form once again on Sunday, tossing a seven-inning complete-game four-hitter in a 2-1 victory over nationally-ranked Saint John's.
SMU's James Green was true to form once again on Sunday, tossing a seven-inning complete-game four-hitter in a 2-1 victory over nationally-ranked Saint John's.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Though a weekend cold front forced Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) baseball teams to delay their opening round of league games, squads did finally return to the diamond on Sunday and Monday to begin the 2019 conference schedule.

POLL TALK
Saint John's is ranked No. 30 in the latest ABCA Top 30 Poll and received 44 votes in the latest D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 Poll, while St. Thomas received votes in both polls.

NATIONAL NOTABLES
Saint John's pitcher Jake Dickmeyer (Woodbury, Minn.) has tossed four complete games in 2019, tied for the most in all of NCAA Division III. He also ranks fifth in D-III with a WHIP of 0.65. Saint Mary's pitcher James Green (East Bethel, Minn. | St. Francis) is tied for second in the country at 0.63.

St. Olaf third baseman Matthew Muller (Minnetonka, Minn.) walks an average of 1.20 times per game, eighth-most in Division III this season. Muller also ranks 10th in D-III with an on-base percentage of .600.

AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg junior Donovan Tomony (Madison, Wis. | East) went 2-for-6 with a run batted in against Concordia on Monday. The Auggies' first baseman also had a season-high nine putouts in the second game of the doubleheader with the Cobbers.

Bethel first baseman Mitch Jerde (Forest Lake, Minn.) drove in two of Bethel's five runs against St. Thomas on Sunday. The rookie infielder went 3-for-8 with a double in his MIAC debut.

Carleton infielder Jacob Small (Chappaqua, N.Y. | Horace Greeley) went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the opening contest of a two-game series with Minn.-Morris on Sunday. Small accounted for the Knights' final four runs of a 9-2 victory, scoring three on a fifth-inning double and crossing home plate himself on a catcher error.

Concordia third baseman Sean McGuire (Fergus Falls, Minn. | Hillcrest Lutheran) collected two hits in three at-bats in the second game of a doubleheader with Augsburg on Monday. McGuire was involved in all three of the Cobbers' runs in a 3-0 win, batting in two scores and advancing to second base on a balk that scored Brett Erickson.

Gustavus second baseman Carter Clemensen (Cologne, Minn.) went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the Gusties' 5-3 victory over Macalester on Sunday. The sophomore infielder reached base safely five times in the two-game series.

Hamline second baseman Cullen Buck (Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview) finished 5-for-8 in two matchups with St. Olaf on Sunday. Buck was a perfect 4-for-4 in the second game of the doubleheader, extending his hit streak to 10 games.

Macalester outfielder Soren Roe (Golden Valley, Minn. | The Blake School) batted .444 (4-for-9) with three home runs, a double, and four RBI in three games last week. He belted two home runs in the MIAC opener at Gustavus on Sunday, one day after knocking one over the fence in the Scots' 10-7 victory at Northwestern on Saturday. The first-year outfielder has reached base safely in all eight of his starts this season.

Saint John's outfielder Wyatt Ulrich (Indus, Minn. | International Falls) started MIAC play with a 5-for-8 performance with three runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base from the leadoff spot in the Johnnies' doubleheader split with Saint Mary's on Sunday. Ulrich recorded the fifth four-hit game of his career in a 12-1 win and is batting .471 (8-for-17) with seven runs scored during his current four-game hit streak.

Saint Mary's sophomore James Green (East Bethel, Minn. | St. Francis) was true to form once again on Sunday, tossing a seven-inning complete-game four-hitter in a 2-1 victory over nationally-ranked Saint John's. The sophomore right-hander did not allow an extra-base hit, a walk, nor more than one hit in a single inning. Following his three-strikeout performance on Sunday, Green now has 32 Ks on the year, while holding opposing batters to a collective .148 average against him this season.

St. Olaf pitcher Sam Westermeyer (Wayzata, Minn.) picked up two victories last week, improving his season record to 3-0, with an ERA of 1.20. Westermeyer pitched six innings and recorded eight strikeouts while only allowing one earned run in a 4-3 victory over Union (N.Y.) on March 25. He pitched a complete nine-inning game to help St. Olaf improve to 2-0 in MIAC play on Sunday when he held Hamline to five hits with seven strikeouts in a 4-1 victory. Westermeyer allowed just three hits in the final eight innings of the contest.

Sophomore lefty Graham Laubscher (Stillwater, Minn.) limited Bethel to no earned runs in a nine-inning compete-game victory Sunday in Arden Hills to help the St. Thomas sweep the Royals. Laubscher led just 2-1 as he retired the side in the eighth, then with a 3-1 lead in the ninth, he struck out the side for his first career complete-game win. He now has 55 strikeouts in 54 career innings.