BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with the announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in baseball and softball. Student-athletes from Hamline, Carleton and St. Benedict claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of April 9-15, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (baseball and softball) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (tennis, golf and outdoor track &field) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
This week's MIAC Baseball Athlete-of-the-Week awards were claimed by Hamline's Jacob Picht (Player) and Carleton's Austin Heuer (Pitcher). St. Benedict swept the MIAC Softball Athlete-of-the-Week awards, as Sara Wennerstrand won the Player-of-the-Week award for the second time this season, and her teammate Cassie Meyer was named Pitcher-of-the-Week.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
Senior – Oakdale, Minn. / Tartan
Hamline's Jacob Picht had a big performance in the doubleheader against the Johnnies this last weekend. In the opener, he scored one run. In the second game, he started a comeback from a 6-1 deficit with a two RBI single and then tied the game with a HR in the 6th. He also singled in the 9th, finishing off a 4-for-5 game. The six hits raised his batting average 35 points to .368 for the season.
Sophomore – Elk River, Minn.
Carleton's Austin Heuer limited Macalester, which entered the game hitting .338 as a team, to only two hits (both singles) in the Knights 1-0 victory over the Scots last Tuesday. Heuer earned his first career complete-game shutout, striking out a career-best 8 batters against only one walk, while matching his career-best with 7.0 innings pitched. After a hit and a Knight defensive miscue put two runners on in the opening half of the first, Heuer retired 14 of the next 16 batters he faced to shut down a Macalester offense that averages 7.96 runs per game (second among MIAC teams) this season.
Junior – Baxter, Minn. / Brainerd
St. Benedict's Sara Wennerstrand batted .438 last week to help CSB go 3-1 and improve to 11-1 in the MIAC. She had seven hits, and had two hits in three of the four games she played in. She went 2-for-4 with a double in a game-one 6-3 win over Augsburg, then went 2-for-4 and sent in the game-winning run on a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 3-2 win in game two. Wennerstrand also went 2-for-4 with an RBI to end the game early in CSB's 9-1, six-inning win over St. Olaf. Sara is second in the MIAC in RBIs (31) and hits (42).
Sophomore – St. Paul, Minn. / Totino-Grace
St. Benedict's Cassie Meyer helped the Blazers pick up two wins last week to help CSB improve to 22-6 overall and 11-1 in the MIAC. She threw three innings to help CSB beat Augsburg 3-2 in eight innings on April 11, then gave up a single unearned run in CSB's 9-1, six-inning win over St. Olaf April 13. She struck out seven batters in nine innings and finished the week with an ERA of 0.78.