Hamline News

May 17, 2011

Half a dozen Pipers earn All-MIAC honors

 After a school record number of MIAC victories during the regular season and a conference tournament title, four Hamline University baseball players were named All-MIAC while a pair earned spots on the All-Defensive team.

All overall statistics listed include the Pipers’ four MIAC tournament games.

Heading up the first team All-MIAC honorees is designated hitter Jordan Buck. Buck led the Pipers in conference hitting this spring, hitting .411 while driving in 17 runs against MIAC opponents. He also led the team in on-base percentage (.507) in conference play. Overall, Buck hit hit .323 and 31 RBIs.

Right fielder Tony Rogers hit .400 with 16 RBIs in MIAC play to join Buck on the All-MIAC list. Rogers had six doubles, a pair of triples, and a home run in MIAC games. He boasted a slugging percentage of .600 and an on-base percentage of .506 in conference games. In the field, Rogers had a .971 fielding percentage in MIAC play as he committed just one error. Overall, Rogers led the team in hitting with a .345 batting average and 34 RBIs.

Catcher Ben Richardson was perfect behind the plate with 113 putouts in MIAC play for Hamline. He hit .354 in MIAC play and led the team in conference RBIs with 19. Overall he hit .322 and drove in 28 runs.

Pitcher Cass Kreitlow put together a 5-0 record with a save in eight appearances on the mound in conference games for the Pipers. He had an ERA of 3.72 with 37 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched against MIAC opponents. Overall, Kreitlow had a record of 8-1 with an ERA of 3.64. He also threw a complete game in Hamline’s first MIAC tournament win over St. Thomas last Saturday.

First baseman J.D. Modrynski and center fielder Cory Miller were named to the All-Defensive team. Modrynski was perfect for the Pipers in MIAC play with 142 putouts and six assists. Overall, he had just three errors with 293 putouts and 17 assists (fielding percentage of .990). He also drove in 22 runs while hitting .254.

Miller was also perfect in the field in MIAC play and had 35 putouts. He had one error overall and 66 putouts. He hit .288 with 15 RBIs for the season.

The MIAC office also announced the fifth annual All-Sportsmanship team. Kent Huls is the Pipers’ representative on that list.

Hamline is currently 28-13 overall and finished the MIAC season with a 15-5 record. The Pipers won the MIAC tournament, earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Hamline’s first game in the NCAA regionals is against #7 St. Scholastica on Wednesday, May 18th, at 4:00 p.m. The Pipers will then play again on Thursday. The time and opponent will be determined by Wednesday’s games. The regional games are being played at UW-Whitewater.