Casey Benford had a career performance in a 12-inning complete-game shutout last week and is the MIAC pitcher of the week for his efforts, the conference office announced today. Additionally, the first round match-ups for the conference tournament have been decided.
Benford is the second Piper pitcher to win this award and is the third Hamline baseball player in 2011 to win a weekly honor. Brett Bugielski was the pitcher of the week on April 18th and Tony Rogers won the player of the week honor last Monday.
After the stellar performance against UW-Stout on Wednesday night, Benford then turned around and ate up a pair of innings in a 15-7 win over Bethel on Saturday.
Against Stout, Benford threw a 12-inning complete-game shutout. Over the course of the 12 innings, Benford faced 42 batters, striking out three and walking just one.
He gave up just one extra-base hit in the game - a harmless double.
Benford forced Stout batters into 19 ground-outs and nine fly-outs.
In the Bethel game, Benford entered at the start of the 6th inning with a 13-5 lead. His lone two runs surrendered during the week came in the seventh inning of that game.
Hamline will hold the #3 seed in the MIAC tournament and will play the #2 seed, Macalester, in the opening round.
The tournament will be played at Veterans Field in Minnetonka. The Pipers will play the Scots at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13th. Hamline will then play again on Saturday, but the start time and opponent will be determined by Friday's games.
In the other first round game, the #1 seed St. Thomas will play the #4 seed Saint John's at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
MIAC Tournament Website