Sports by the numbers – April 25

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.

1 x 2: Alexa Diteman (Burnsville, Minn.) and Tessa Kuschke (Grant, Minn.) each belted their first collegiate home runs for the Cardinal fastpitch softball team last week. Diteman’s pinch-hit, solo home run came in the seventh inning of Game 2 against Bethel last Tuesday, while Kuschke delivered a two-run blast in the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ opener against Carleton a day later.

1: Jake Mencacci (Wheaton, Ill.) hit his first collegiate home run and Willie Doll (Amherst, Wis.) recorded his first two-home run game as a Cardinal in the Saint Mary’s baseball team’s 7-5, come-from-behind Game 2 win over Augsburg last Thursday.

1: Morris Dennis (Elk River, Minn.)—an NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships qualifier in the 400 a year ago—was in top form for the Cardinal track and field team last Friday at the Phil Esten Challenge, as the Cardinal sophomore outdueled the rest of the field in winning the 400 in a time of 48.22.

1-2-3: Willie Doll (Amherst, Wis.) went 4-for-4 in Game 1 of the Saint Mary’s baseball team’s sweep of Macalester last Saturday—recording two singles, a double, and a triple.

2: Willie Doll‘s (Amherst, Wis.) two-run, walk-off home run in the Cardinal baseball team’s 7-5 win over Augsburg last Thursday marked the second time in the less than a week that the senior has belted a game-winning home run in the Cardinals’ last at-bat. Doll drilled a three-run, game-winner in a 7-5 win over St. Olaf on April 16.

2 x 2: Stanzy Snyder (Johnston, Iowa) had two hits in both games of the Cardinal fastpitch softball team’s doubleheader against Hamline last Saturday, going 2-for-3 in Game 1 and 2-for-4 in Game 2.

3: Kyle Brodt (Roseville, Minn.) put together three consecutive rounds in the 70s in helping the Cardinal men’s golf team to a 19th-place finish at the Saint John’s Spring Invitational last weekend. Brodt opened the 54-hole tournament with a four-over 76, and followed that up with a 79 and a 78 during the second day of the two-day tournament.

3-3 = 1: Tessa Kuschke (Grant, Minn.) recorded her first collegiate three-hit game for the Saint Mary’s fastpitch softball team last Thursday, going 3-for-3 in the Cardinals’ 8-0, Game 2 win over Carleton.

3:22.75: The Cardinal men’s 4×400 relay team of Morris Dennis (Elk River, Minn.), Brandon Krogman (Owatonna, Minn.),James Davis (Dallas, Texas) and Andrew Allemann (Cochrane, Wis.) shattered the school record in the 4×400 relay at last Friday’s UW-La Crosse Phil Esten Challenge with a fifth-place time of 3:22.75.

4 x 2: Willie Doll (Amherst, Wis.) collected four hits, and scored four run, in the Cardinal baseball team’s 13-7 Game 1 win over Macalester last Saturday.

5: The Saint Mary’s track and field teams boasted five top-10 finishes at the UW-La Crosse Phil Esten Challenge last Friday. Morris Dennis (Elk River, Minn.) finished first in the 400 with a time of 48.22. Jacob HagenErickson (Austin, Minn.)—twice—Luis Avila (Plano, Ill.), Brandon Krogman (Owatonna, Minn.) and Maria Missurelli (Franklin, Wis.) joined Dennis as top-10 finishers, as Hagen-Erickson placed third in the long jump (6.56) and sixth in the triple jump (12.01m), while Avila was fifth in the long jump (6.27m), Krogman chipped in an eighth in the 800 (1:57.43), and Missurelli tallied an eighth in the pole vault (3.35 meters).

5: The Saint Mary’s baseball team launched five home runs in their MIAC split against Augsburg last Thursday. Jake Barry (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Cale Pieczynski (Plover, Wis.) hit solo and three-run HRs, respectively in Game 1, while Jake Mencacci (Wheaton, Ill.) blasted a three-run shot, and Willie Doll (Amherst, Wis.) hit a pair of round-trippers—including a game-winning, two-run, walk-off blast in the bottom of the seventh inning—in the nightcap.

7: The Saint Mary’s fastpitch softball team’s 8-0, five-inning Game 2 win over Carleton last Wednesday marked the seventh Cardinal win shortened to six innings or less by the eight-run rule.

8: Austin Jacobs (Cannon Falls, Minn.) pitched the first eight innings to pick up the win for the Saint Mary’s baseball team in Game 2 against Macalester last Saturday. It was the longest start of Jacobs’ collegiate career.

18 = 1: Ashley Betzold (Farmington, Minn.) tossed her 18th complete game of the season in Game 1 of the Cardinal fastpitch softball team’s MIAC doubleheader against Hamline last Saturday. The complete game effort was the 52nd of Betzold’s collegiate career, tying her with Jenny Schipp for No. 1 all-time.

20: With their 6-4 win over Macalester in the second game of their MIAC doubleheader last Saturday, the Cardinal baseball team reached the 20-win plateau for the second straight year and the third time under coach Nick Winecke.

33: Ben Buerkle (Roseville, Minn.) had a hit in all four of the Saint Mary’s baseball team’s games last week and has now reached base safely in all 33 Cardinal games this season.

73: Brett Jackson (Edmonton, Alberta) carded a team-best one-over-par 73 for the Saint Mary’s men’s golf team during the opening round of the Saint John’s Spring Invitational last Saturday. It was the second straight tournament in which the sophomore has finish one one-over-par after the first round—Jackson shot a one-over 72 at the Winona State Triangular a week ago.

81: Kaitlin Kling (LeRoy, Minn.) posted the best 18-hole round of her collegiate career at last Saturday’s Bethel Royal Match, carding a nine-over-par 81. Kling’s career-best effort—the lowest round by a Cardinal since Gia Puch fired a seven-over 79 during the opening round of the 2009 MIAC Championships—left her tied for 13th individually among the 60 competitors.


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