May 17, 2010

Eickman named MIAC rookie of the year

Eickman was named the conference rookie of the year and earned All-MIAC first team honors. He threw four complete games in his inaugural collegiate season, all in MIAC play, posting a conference ERA of 2.77.

Eickman made seven appearances on the mound against MIAC opponents, including six starts, leading the Pipers in innings pitched with 39.0. He struck out 21 batters, gave up just five extra-base hits, and walked just eight en route to a conference record of 3-3.

Andy King (So., Fort Myers, Fla.) also earned All-MIAC first team honors, hitting .346 overall and .426 in conference play. He had seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 16 RBI against MIAC pitching. He posted a slugging percentage of .721 and an on base percentage of .437 in conference play.

King was also named the MIAC player of the week on April 12 following a set of four conference games in which he hit .667 against Macalester and Carleton.

Andy Powell (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) and Tony Rogers (Jr., St. Michael, Minn.) were named to the MIAC All-Defensive team. Powell had just one error with 30 putouts and 37 assists at second base during MIAC play for a fielding percentage of .985. Rogers was perfect in the outfield with 51 putouts in MIAC play.

Powell hit .364 in MIAC play while Rogers hit .309.

A trio of Pipers - Powell, Cass Kreitlow (Jr., Glenwood, Minn.), and Alex Buresh (Sr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) earned honorable mention recognition from the coaching staff.

Kreitlow posted a 3.58 ERA during conference play and earned MIAC pitcher of the week honors twice in the final three weeks of the regular season. He made seven appearances with three starts and two complete games in conference competition, striking out 24 batters in 32.2 innings pitched.

Buresh hit .357 in conference play as a designated hitter, driving in 17 runs while hitting six doubles and a pair of home runs. In addition, Buresh was named Hamline’s representative to the MIAC All-Sportsmanship team.