SJU's Ulrich named a Northwoods League All-Star

Ulrich is one of three NCAA Division III student-athletes named to the Northwoods League All-Star roster.
Ulrich is one of three NCAA Division III student-athletes named to the Northwoods League All-Star roster.

Saint John's University Sports Information

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John's University rising senior outfielder Wyatt Ulrich (Indus, Minn./International Falls) was named a Northwoods League All-Star July 5.

Playing his third consecutive summer for the Bismarck Larks, Ulrich will play for the Great Plains Division at the 25th Northwoods League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa.

The Northwoods League is a 22-team, wood-bat summer baseball league for collegiate student-athletes. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility.

Ulrich is one of three All-Stars from the NCAA Division III level: Great Plains teammate Joe Moran from Thunder Bay (Anderson University) and Kokomo's Ryan Boyer (Pitt-Bradford) on the Great Lakes team.

Ulrich recorded his 100th hit as a Lark May 30 and has played 40 of the team's 41 games so far this summer. Through games of July 7 (Sunday), Ulrich leads the Northwoods League in runs scored (42), is tied for fourth in stolen bases (17) and tied for eighth in both hits (45) and walks (29). He is batting .308 (45-for-146) with seven doubles and one triple.

He played 43 of the Johnnies' 46 games this spring and led the team in runs scored (41) and triples (5), tied for the team lead in hits (58), and finished second in batting average (.343) and stolen bases (19). A two-time All-MIAC honoree, Ulrich earned the conference's Most Valuable Player award as a freshman in 2017 and led Division III in batting (.500, 61-for-122). Ulrich enters his senior season tied for second in SJU history in triples (9), third in runs (117), fourth in hits (172) and fifth in stolen bases (39).

Another rising senior, Joey Stock (Cold Spring, Minn./Saint John's Prep), is in his second straight season with the St. Cloud Rox. He is 0-1 with three saves in seven relief appearances this summer, totaling 11.1 innings pitched. The hard-throwing Stock has 14 strikeouts to five walks. He debuted for the Rox July 17 of last summer and totaled seven strikeouts in six appearances (5.2 innings). Stock went 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16.1 innings for the Johnnies this spring.

Stock was named to the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) and All-Midwest Region first team this spring after leading the Johnnies in batting average (.353), slugging percentage (.706), on-base percentage (.467), extra-base hits (17) and RBI (39). He broke SJU's 19-year-old, single-season record for home runs with 12 this spring and was intentionally walked eight times, including five in the MIAC Tournament alone. His overall numbers were largely fueled by a 13-game stretch in which he batted .512 (22-for-43) with a 1.876 OPS, 10 home runs and 28 RBI. He reached base safely in each of the season's final 19 games.

In conference play, Stock led the MIAC in slugging percentage (.950) and home runs (9), finished second in RBI (26), third in batting average (.417) and seventh in both hits (25) and runs (15) despite playing in only 18 of the 20 league games. The nine homers in MIAC play were one away from the conference record. Stock's slugging percentage was second-best by a Johnnie in conference games, while the RBI and total bases (57) were third.

SJU ended the 2019 season with a 32-14 record and tied for second in the MIAC by one game with a 13-7 mark. The Johnnies made their 10th consecutive appearance in the MIAC Tournament and won their fourth playoff title in the last eight seasons with a 4-1 record. SJU advanced to the NCAA Concordia Chicago Regional but went 0-2, including an opening-round, 5-4 loss in 10 innings to Baldwin Wallace (Ohio). 

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