Saint Mary's Doll named MVP to headline 2016 MIAC Baseball Awards

Saint Mary's Doll named MVP to headline 2016 MIAC Baseball Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The 2016 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) baseball season featured incredible parity throughout the standings, so it was fitting that individuals from four different teams claimed the conference's top honors when the 2016 MIAC Baseball Awards were announced Friday.

Saint Mary's senior centerfielder Willie Doll (Amherst, Wis.) was named the Max Molock Most Valuable Player in recognition for his outstanding season, and St. Thomas senior starter Eric Veglahn (LaCrescent, Minn.) was honored with the Mike Augustin Pitcher-of-the-Year award. Rookie-of-the-Year honors went to Augsburg's Mike Brookshaw (Fr., 2B, Prescott, Wis.) and Hamline's Jim Weyandt was recognized by his peers with the Jim Dimick Coach-of-the-Year award. The conference also announced the 2016 MIAC All-Conference Team, the All-Defensive Team and the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.

Doll's Most Valuable Player award honors the Saint Mary's senior after a stellar MIAC campaign. He led the Cardinals to a second-place tie in the standings (13-7), and the team is currently 26-13-1 overall. In conference play, he led the league in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.514), on-base percentage (.600), slugging (.819), runs (28), hits (37), total bases (59) and stolen bases (11). His batting average led the league by nearly 50 points. He also finished in the top 10 in home runs (four) and triples (two) and drove in 15 runs to lead the Cardinals back to the MIAC Playoffs, where they upset No. 1-seeded St. Thomas, 7-0, on Thursday night.

The Saint Mary's centerfielder also had outstanding overall numbers, with a .439 batting average (second in the MIAC), .525 on-base percentage (third), .622 slugging percentage (eighth) and he led the league in hits (65) and stolen bases (22). In center, he had a .979 fielding percentage, with just two errors on 95 total chances. In addition to MVP honors, Doll received a third-straight All-Conference nod, and a remarkable fourth-straight selection to the All-Defensive Team.

Veglahn capped his stellar MIAC career with his Pitcher-of-the-Year award, in recognition of another dominant campaign on the mound that resulted in a conference championship for the Tommies. In conference play, the UST ace was 4-1 with a save in eight appearances (six starts). He led the MIAC with a 2.06 ERA and 40 strikeouts, and conference opponents batted just .205 off him. He allowed just nine earned runs in 39.1 innings, and his average of 9.15 strikeouts per game ranked second in the league, and he only surrendered three walks and 30 hits in MIAC action.

Overall, he's been just as good with a 6-2 record and two saves in 14 appearances (10 starts). He's allowed just 18 earned runs on 58 hits and seven walks in 67 innings. His 70 overall strikeouts lead the league, and his 2.42 ERA ranks third in the conference. Veglahn was also named to the All-Conference team for the third-straight season, in addition to his honor as the MIAC's top pitcher in 2016.

Brookshaw had a breakout season for the Auggies to earn his Rookie-of-the-Year honor. The second baseman had the second-best batting average in the league in conference play (.467) and also ranked in the top five in on-base (.500) and slugging (.747) percentage, total bases (56), hits (35), home runs (four), triples (two), runs (19) and RBI (20). Overall, Brookshaw batted .415 with 32 runs, 35 RBI, five homers, seven triples and eight doubles in his first collegiate season. He was also named to the All-Conference team for his outstanding rookie year.

Weyandt was recognized as the league's outstanding coach in 2016 after leading the Pipers to a top-two finish and their first trip to the MIAC Playoffs since 2011. His club went 13-7 in conference play to share second place with Saint John's and Saint Mary's, and they entered the conference tournament with a 27-13 overall record. Under Weyandt's guidance, Hamline far outperformed expectations in 2016, after the team was picked to finish seventh in the MIAC in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. He coached three players to All-Conference honors and one to All-Defensive Team recognition.

In addition to a third-straight All-Conference selection for both Doll and Veglahn, Carleton catcher Hayden Tsutsui wrapped up his outstanding collegiate career with a rare fourth-straight All-MIAC honor. The Knights' star was named Rookie-of-the-Year in 2013, and received All-Conference honors in each of his four seasons at Carleton. Saint John's Logan Hershey and Derek Schiebel, St. Thomas' Brady Johnson and Saint Mary's Ben Buerkle each received their second-straight All-MIAC nod.

Doll and the Cardinals led the way with five All-Conference selections, and Saint John's was next with four players honored. St. Thomas, Hamline, Augsburg and Carleton each had three players recognized. Concordia, Gustavus, Macalester and St. Olaf each had two All-MIAC picks, and one Bethel player was honored. Nearly half of the 30-player All-Conference team was seniors (14) and six juniors, six sophomores and four freshman made up the other 16 spots.

The conference also honored a 10-player All-Defensive Team with one player at each position and an additional pitcher. Doll also headlined that squad with a remarkable fourth-straight selection, and he was one of two Saint Mary's players honored. St. Thomas, Saint John's and Bethel each had two players honored for their work with the glove, and Hamline and Gustavus each placed one player on the All-Defensive squad. The team included three seniors, three juniors and four sophomores.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the 10th-annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for baseball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.


2016 MIAC BASEBALL AWARDS

Max Molock Most Valuable Player - Willie Doll, Saint Mary's (Sr., OF, Amherst, Wis.)
Mike Augustin Pitcher-of-the-Year - Eric Veglahn, St. Thomas (Sr., P, LaCrescent, Minn.)
Rookie-of-the-Year - Mike Brookshaw, Augsburg (Fr., 2B, Prescott, Wis.)
Jim Dimick Coach-of-the-Year - Jim Weyandt, Hamline (4th season)


2016 MIAC BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Name School Year     Position     Hometown/High School
Alex Bauermeister         Hamline So.  P Andover, Minn. / St. Francis 
Griffin Bolte Carleton So.  OF Portland, Ore. / Lincoln 
Mike Brookshaw Augsburg Fr.  2B Prescott, Wis. 
Ben Buerkle Saint Mary's      Jr.  3B Roseville, Minn. 
Tim Carlson Concordia Sr.  DH Cumberland, Wis. 
Willie Doll Saint Mary's Sr. OF Amherst, Wis. 
Logan Hershey Saint John's Sr.  SS Maple Grove, Minn. 
Brady Johnson St. Thomas Sr.  SS Andover, Minn. 
Andy Julkowski Augsburg Sr.  DH Cedar, Minn. / St. Francis 
Joe Keiski St. Olaf Fr.  C Minneapolis, Minn. / Southwest 
Alex Kendall Saint John's Jr.  P St. Cloud, Minn. / Saint John's Prep 
Bob Kinne Saint Mary's Jr.  OF St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall 
Nathan Mathwig Saint Mary's So.  P Woodbury, Minn. / Stillwater Area 
Nick McMullen Macalester So.  1B Payson, Ariz. 
Dan Moro Hamline Sr.  OF Calgary, Alberta / Vauxhall 
Alex Sandahl Concordia Sr. OF Warroad, Minn. 
Steph Scatassa Saint Mary's Sr.  P Westchester, Ill. / St. Joseph 
Derek Schiebel Saint John's Jr.  3B Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview 
Brandon Schmahl  Augsburg  Sr.  OF  Minneapolis, Minn. / Washburn 
Nolan Schoonveld  Hamline  Fr.  Middleton, Wis. 
Jake Smith  St. Thomas  So.  OF  Apple Valley, Minn. 
Patrick Strey  Saint John's  Sr.  1B  Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview 
Quentin Stuart  Macalester  Jr.  2B  Nashville, Ind. / Indiana Academy 
Sam Stuckmayer  St. Olaf  Fr.  OF  Northfield, Minn. 
Hayden Tsutsui Carleton Sr. C Northridge, Calif. / Chatsworth 
Eric Veglahn St. Thomas Sr. P LaCrescent, Minn. 
Esteban Velasco Bethel So.  SS San Diego, Calif. / Bonita Vista   
Jack Violetta Carleton Sr.  P Green Bay, Wis. / Bay Port 
Jacob Volness Gustavus Sr. P Cokato, Minn. / Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted       
Isaiah Welckle Gustavus Jr.  2B Minneapolis, Minn. / Washburn 

2016 MIAC BASEBALL ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Name School Year    Position      Hometown/High School
Jacob Picht  Hamline Jr.  1B Oakdale, Minn. / Tartan 
Zach Gottfredsen          St. Thomas        So.  2B Mendota Heights, Minn. / Henry Sibley 
Brock Peterson  Gustavus  So.  3B Cannon Falls, Minn.
Esteban Velasco  Bethel  So.  SS San Diego, Calif. / Bonita Vista   
Willie Doll Saint Mary's Sr.  OF Amherst, Wis. 
Bob Kinne  Saint Mary's Jr.  OF St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall
Jake Smith St. Thomas So.  OF Apple Valley, Minn.
Gabe MacDonald  Saint John's Sr.  C Minneapolis, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's       
Tyler Heitmann Bethel Sr.  P Baldwin, Wis. / Baldwin-Woodville
Alex Kendall Saint John's Jr.  P St. Cloud, Minn. / Saint John's Prep

2016 BASEBALL ALL-MIAC SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM

Augsburg - Billy Brookshaw (Sr., Prescott, Wis.)
Bethel - Matt Herringshaw (Sr., Alexandria, Minn. / Mounds View)
Carleton - Gar Crowell (Sr., Chicago, Ill. / Lincoln Park)
Concordia - Tim Carlson (Sr., Cumberland, Wis.)
Gustavus - Danny Kimlinger (Lindstrom, Minn. / Chisago Lakes)
Hamline - Nick Beckman (Sr., Blaine, Minn.)
Macalester - Doug Lewis (Jr., Duluth, Minn. / Marshall)
Saint John's - Mike Stegora (Sr., Red Wing, Minn.)
Saint Mary's - Alec Rolain (Sr., Appleton, Wis. / North)
St. Olaf - Nate Gelle (Sr., Lakeville, Minn. / South)
St. Thomas - Ben Waltz  (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn. / Washburn)


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