College sports: CSS gets seven, UWS five on UMAC baseball team
CSS selections include a repeat selection from junior pitcher Grant Taival (Stillwater, Minn.), Who had the conference’s best four wins in the championship and allowed just eight points against the UMAC competition.
Taival is joined by second-year pitcher TJ Martin (Minneapolis), who was second in the conference with a 1.59 ERA, and designated junior hitter Bryce Huffman (Proctor), who had a best batting average of. 420 in the league while also placing fourth with a. 506 base percentage.
Second-year third baseman Jake Schelonka (Sartell, Minn.) Led the conference with 30 RBIs and 11 doubles in UMAC play while second-year shortstop Mitchell Novak (Stillwater) led the team with 15 multi-hit matches.
Sophomore outfielder Luke Schemenauer (Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin) placed third on the team with a base percentage of .443 and senior outfielder Matt Tautges (Fort Ripley, Minn.) Finished second in the conference with a percentage of .568 on league basis after leading all players with 20 steps.
Wisconsin-Superior’s selections were infielder Bryce Flanagan (Brainerd, Minnesota), outfielder Brandon Rolf (Stillwater), utility man Mike Rodriguez (Chicago), starting pitcher Ryan Rodriguez (Chaska, Minnesota) and reliever Matt Tappe (St. Anthony, Minn.).
Mike Rodriguez led the Yellowjackets with a .369 batting average. Rolf was second at .359 as he led UWS in doubles (12) and points (32), Flanagan had a team-high 25 RBIs, Ryan Rodriguez had a team-high six wins and 3, 34 ERA and Tappe made three saves. .
St. Scholastica junior softball player Olivia Howe (Scandia, Minnesota) was named third All-American team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, announced Monday.
Howe is the fourth player in program history to win All-American honors, joining Laura Heise (2004, 2006-first team), Erica Bond Kozacek (2006-third) and current head coach Rilee Dawson (2007 -second).
Howe had one of the best singles seasons in Saints history this spring, breaking one-season program records for wins (66), batting average (0.545), slugging percentage (0.950) and tying the one-season record for the RBI (56)). She led the team in doubles (17), triples (four) and home runs (eight). On the mound, she was 16-5 with a 2.21 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 136 innings pitched.
Howe led the nation in RBIs while placing third in hits and total goals before the start of the NCAA Division III tournament.