A pair of Hamline University seniors, pitcher Cass Kreitlow and
outfielder Tony Rogers, were named to the All-Midwest Region Second team
by the American Baseball Coaches Association after a record-setting
season by the Piper baseball program.
Hamline put together a school-record win total in both overall and MIAC play as they finished the season at 29-15, 15-5 MIAC. The Pipers won their first-ever MIAC tournament title en route to their first NCAA tournament appearance. At the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament in Whitewater, Hamline won the program's debut game, 3-2, in a 13-inning thriller over #7-ranked St. Scholastica.
Kreitlow was the Pipers' ace this season, putting together a 9-1 record with a save. Those wins included a 12-inning effort to get the victory over the Saints at regionals. He had an ERA of 3.07 over 70.1 innings pitched in 14 appearances. He walked just 21 while striking out 57, holding his opponents to a .215 batting average this season.
In conference play, Kreitlow put together a 5-0 record with a save in eight appearances on the mound. He had an ERA of 3.72 with 37 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched against MIAC opponents. He also threw a complete game in Hamline’s MIAC tournament win in their first game against St. Thomas.
Rogers led the Pipers at the plate this season with a .342 batting average as he drove in 35 runs. He tallied eight doubles, eight triples, one home run, and drew 22 walks while posting a slugging percentage of .516 and an on-base percentage of .437.
In conference play this season, Rogers hit .400 with 16 RBIs. He 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.