Editor's Note: Starting July 7 and running through the rest of the month, Tommiesports.com will highlight 25 memorable events from St. Thomas' successful 2017-18 athletics year
St. Thomas' athletics success in 2017-18 generated a rash of interesting stats and fun facts, including these:
- Sixteen of St. Thomas' 22 teams either won a conference team championship or placed in the top 25 at nationals.
- NCAA individual champion Eric Holst (hammer throw) improved his season-best D-III national ranking in his event from No. 495 as a freshman in 2016 (120-10)... to 33rd in 2017 as a sophomore (177-11)... to No. 1 this season (211-4).
- In fall 2017 the Tommies became the first MIAC institution in one season to post unbeaten/untied records against conference opponents in both football (8-0) and men's soccer (12-0).
- In 24 pitching appearances over his two Tommie seasons, reliever Shaun Falbo is 4-0 with six saves, an 0.29 ERA, a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and one earned run allowed in 30.1 innings.
- Over the last two seasons in 92 games, Softball's Melissa Barry has struck out just four times in 336 plate appearances.
- UST Men's Soccer has won its last 33 games when it scores two or more goals.
- St. Thomas Women's Soccer is 32-0-4 in games on her career when rising senior Mallory DeBoom scores a goal or an assist.
- Softball's Elise Barnes had an impressive streak end last April -- 42 consecutive games reaching base, dating back to 2017.
- Tommie Football edged St. John's 20-17 last September and in the process secured its first four-game win streak over the Johnnies since 1954-57.
- Three St. Thomas teams played 38 home games on campus last school year at South Field and lost just once. The three posted a 34-1-3 record in softball (16-0), men's soccer (13-0) and women's soccer (5-1-3).
- Tommie Men's Basketball set program records for 3-points baskets (20) and points (122) and tied a record for bench points (81) in a January home defeat of Macalester. Two night earlier, UST used a 45-3 mid-game run to pull away to win at St. Mary's.
- Men's Golf senior Pete Sienko finished with a seven-under-par 65 with no bogeys in a spring round to help UST win the SJU Klinkner tournament. Sienko shot 72 or lower in 24 competitive rounds on his three-year Tommie career.
- Tommie Women's Basketball went 46-0 over the last four seasons in games when Lauren Fischer scored nine or more points.
- Tommie Football has thrown at least one TD pass in 22 consecutive games, including all 13 games last season by QB Jacques Perra.
- UST's Swim-Dive and Track and Field squads went 6-for-6 in MIAC team crowns in their respective championship meets, with 101 different Tommie athletes scoring points.
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