MIAC Baseball Notebook - April 23, 2019

Joey Stock batted .565 (13-for-23) with eight extra-base hits, including five home runs, 16 RBI, and 10 runs scored as SJU went 5-1 on the road last week in MIAC play. (Photo: Libby Auger)
Joey Stock batted .565 (13-for-23) with eight extra-base hits, including five home runs, 16 RBI, and 10 runs scored as SJU went 5-1 on the road last week in MIAC play. (Photo: Libby Auger)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- With two weeks remaining in the 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) baseball regular season, it's anybody's ballgame as teams prepare for a photo finish in May.

POLL TALK
Saint John's received 13 votes in the most recent ABCA Poll, released on April 23.

NATIONAL NOTABLES
Augsburg pitcher Jamie Kaye (Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson) and Saint John's pitcher Jake Dickmeyer (Woodbury, Minn.) have each thrown six complete games in 2019, the most in all of NCAA Division III.

Macalester catcher Graham Low (Piedmont, Calif.) is second in NCAA Division III with a batting average of .500 and an on-base percentage of .589 this season.

Saint John's junior Joey Stock (Cold Spring, Minn. | Saint John's Prep) became the second MIAC player to be named to D3baseball.com's Team of the Week this season, earning the distinction on Monday following a banner week at the plate. He was then named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Hitter of the Week on Wednesday. Stock batted .565 (13-for-23) with eight extra-base hits, including five home runs, 16 RBI, and 10 runs scored as SJU went 5-1 on the road last week in MIAC play.

Saint Mary's pitcher James Green (East Bethel, Minn. | St. Francis) has a WHIP of 0.79 this season, fourth-best in Division III.

St. Olaf outfielder Sam Pressman (West St. Paul, Minn. | Henry Sibley) has hit eight sacrifice flies in 2019, the fourth-most in D-III. 

AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg right-hander Jamie Kaye (Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson) threw a pair of complete-game victories for Augsburg during the past week, bringing his season total to six, tied for the lead among MIAC pitchers. Kaye struck out 11 against just one walk with 12 hits and three runs allowed for a 1.93 ERA on the week. Following a 3-1 win over Carleton on Tuesday in which he threw strikes on 64 of his 92 pitches, Kaye tossed another gem in a 4-2 win against Saint John's on Saturday, striking out five with one walk and seven hits allowed to the defending MIAC champion Johnnies.

Bethel southpaw Ty Koehn (Arden Hills, Minn. | Mounds View) made his third appearance out of the bullpen on Monday night, striking out a career-high seven batters while tossing five scoreless innings in a 4-3 victory over Northwestern-St. Paul.

Carleton sophomore Travis Brown (St. Michael, Minn. | St. Michael-Albertville) went 3-for-3 and scored the Knights' lone run, temporarily tying the contest at 1-1 in the second inning against Gustavus on Saturday. Brown has gone 6-for-10 at the plate in his last three games.

Concordia shortstop Nate Hoeft (Marshall, Minn.) had a pair of hits in the second game of a two-game series with Saint Mary's on Saturday and now has 91 base knocks in his career. The senior is hitting .303 for his career in maroon and gold and has at least one hit in every conference series this season.

Gustavus infielder Cole Pengilly (Le Sueur, Minn.) had a hit in all six games last week. Pengilly played the role of hero in game one against Concordia, hitting a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 3-2 victory. Against Carleton on Saturday, the Gustie shortstop batted 5-for-10 to help the team secure its second consecutive MIAC sweep. Pengilly also extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Hamline sophomore Cullen Buck (Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview) registered three hits in a pair of contests with Macalester over the weekend, tallying an RBI in both games. Buck leads the Pipers with 23 runs batted in this season.

Macalester pitcher Will Madairy (Charlotte, N.C. | Providence Day School) won both of his starts last week with MIAC victories over Saint Mary's and Hamline, posting an ERA of 0.75 over 12.0 innings. The sophomore right-hander blanked the Cardinals on three hits while striking out seven and walking two in six innings. Madairy also went six innings against Hamline, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits while fanning seven and walking three.

Saint John's junior Joey Stock (Cold Spring, Minn. | Saint John's Prep) batted .565 (13-for-23) with eight extra-base hits, including five home runs, 16 runs batted in, and 10 runs scored as SJU went 5-1 on the road last week in MIAC play. Stock recorded four home runs in three consecutive games and added a solo shot in the week's final contest. The junior slugger currently leads the MIAC in home runs (7) and is tied for fourth in RBI (25) overall, in addition to leading the league in extra-base hits (9) and ranking second in RBI (17) in conference play.

Saint Mary's pitcher James Green (East Bethel, Minn. | St. Francis) scattered seven hits - all singles - while striking out 11 and walking just one in a victory over Macalester on April 15. Five days later, Green was back on the hill, shutting out Concordia on just three hits, once again all singles, en route to his sixth collegiate complete game and third career shutout. The 2018 MIAC Rookie of the Year improved to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.59. He has logged 45.1 innings in seven starts and has gone at least six innings in each of his seven starts.

St. Olaf infielder Luke Dahl (Rosemount, Minn.) recorded nine hits, seven runs, and six RBI for the Oles last week, recording a slash line of .450/.500/.800. Dahl was 2-for-2 at the plate with two home runs in a 3-2 victory over St. Thomas, recording half of St. Olaf's hits and all three of the team's RBI. In a 12-0 victory over Concordia, he had a season-high three hits and crossed home plate twice, while batting in two more scores.

St. Thomas pitcher Henry DeCaster tallied seven strikeouts in six innings of work against St. Olaf last Saturday. The senior lefty has thrown 47 strikeouts against just five walks in 42.1 innings this season.

2019 MIAC Statistical Leaders
  Overall MIAC
Batting Average Graham Low, Macalester .500 Graham Low, Macalester .571
Runs Batted In Dylan Blake, St. Olaf 31 Dylan Blake, St. Olaf 19
On-Base Percentage Graham Low, Macalester .589 Graham Low, Macalester .667
Hits Max Jackson, Saint John's
Matthew Piechowski, Saint Mary's
43 Dylan Blake, St. Olaf
TJ Rogers, St. Olaf
21
Earned Run Average Marcus Krupke, Bethel 1.24 Thomas Shogren, Macalester 0.59
Strikeouts James Green, Saint Mary's 55 Cole Christensen, Concordia 32
Wins Bennett Wiggins, Saint John's
James Green, Saint Mary's
6 James Green, Saint Mary's 4