Sports by the numbers – March 7

By Donny Nadeau,

Sports Information Director


WINONA, Minn. — It’s Monday morning, and time to take one final look back at the highlights of the week that was—by the numbers.

0.00: Ashley Betzold (Farmington, Minn.) did not give up an earned run in 11.2 innings for the Cardinal fastpitch softball team at the Luther Tournament last weekend. The junior went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two tournament starts, striking out three and walking three.

1: In his first season at the helm, Saint Mary’s women’s basketball coach Brent Pollari was named the MIAC’s Coach of the Year, the league office announced last Thursday. Pollari guided the Cardinals to a 21-6 overall record and second-place finishes in the regular-season standings and the post-season tournament.

2: Maria Missurelli (Franklin, Wis.) and Morris Dennis (Elk River, Minn.) set new school records—and earned All-MIAC honors in the process—to pace the Cardinal track and field teams at the MIAC Indoor Championships last weekend. Missurelli broke her own mark in the pole vault, clearing 3.35 meters to finish second overall, while Dennis broke his own record in the 400 with a time of 49.46 to place third.

3: The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team boasted three honorable-mention All-MIAC selections—Will Swiggum (St. Charles, Minn.), Quashingm Smith-Pugh (St. Paul, Minn.), and Wylie Ferron (Waconia, Minn.)—when the league office announced its post-season award winners last Tuesday.

5, 3, 3: The Cardinal fastpitch softball team has put together winning streaks of five and three (twice)—and has not lost back-to-back games this season.

6: Four Cardinal women’s basketball players collected six individual honors when the MIAC announced its post-season awards last Thursday. Bridget Pethke (New London, Wis.), Micaela Meredith (Bloomington, Minn.), and Brandi Blattner(Eyota, Minn.) were all named First-Team All-MIAC. Blattner also landed on the MIAC All-First-Year Team, while Pethke was a member of the MIAC All-Defensive Team and Emma Schaefer (Roseville, Minn.) earned honorable-mention All-MIAC honors.

8: After dropping its season-opener to Augustana, the Cardinal baseball team put together an eight-game winning streak—their longest since winning nine in a row in April, 2001.

9: Laura Sonday (St. James, Minn.) has played all nine matches this season at No. 1 singles for the Saint Mary’s women’s tennis team. The freshman put together a season-opening seven-game winning streak and is 7-2 overall.

10: With his 1-for-2 showings in both games against Mount Union last Monday, Ben Buerkle has now had a hit in nine of the Cardinal baseball team’s 10 games this season—including his current eight-game hitting streak—and has reached base safely in all 10 games.

13: Brittney Birkhauser (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) and Ashley Betzold (Farmington, Minn.) combined for 13 hits in the Cardinal softball team’s 3-1 showing at the Luther Tournament last weekend in Rochester, Minn. Birkhauser went 7-for-12 (.583) with three runs scored, while Betzold finished 6-for-11 (.545) with five runs scored.


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UPDATE March 7, 3:40 p.m. — This article previously excluded Quashingm Smith-Pugh’s name from the three honorable-mention All-MIAC selections.

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