Baseball's Rahm, Dorgan get major MIAC awards

May 17, 2011

Senior OF Tayler Rahm was named MIAC Player of the Year and was among six Tommies recognized on the 2011 All-MIAC baseball teams.

St. Thomas had five players on the 27-player All-MIAC team, and one on the 10-player All-Defensive team.

Freshman catcher J.D. Dorgan was named MIAC Rookie of the Year and was among just three freshmen to mke all-conference. Dorgan is just the second Tommie freshman position player to make All-MIAC in the the last 30 seasons.

Senior pitcher Kris Edwards and junior 2B Charles Bruchu joined Rahm as repeat honorees. Junior Bryce Gapinski also was named to the All-MIAC team.

Making the All-Defensive team was senior CF Matt McQuillan, a repeat honoree.

The Tommies won the program's ninth consecutive conference title with a 16-4 record, sharing the crown with Macalester. UST took second in the MIAC playoffs and received an at-large berth into the Division III playoffs -- the program's 16th NCAA appearances in the last 17 seasons. The Tommies (27-16) start play Wednesday in the NCAA regional tournament in Whitewater, Wis.

Rahm becomes the eighth Tommie baseball player in the last 14 seasons to be named Pitcher or Player of the Year. He joins Matt Schuld (2010), Lonnie Robinson (2007), Brett Olson and Brian Krause (2006), Jake Mauer (2001), Chris Olean (1999) and Buzz Hannahan (1998).

In 20-game MIAC stats:

--Rahm finished second in batting at .429 and also was in the top four in RBI, hits and slugging percentage.

--Dorgan hit .393 with 24 hits, 17 RBI and 13 runs and at catcher had no errors in 108 chances.

--Edwards had the MIAC's most saves (six), lowest ERA (2.08), and lowest batting average against (.180).

--McQuillan had no errors in 27 outfield chances and threw out one runner on the bases.

--Gapinski tied for the MIAC lead in wins with five.

--Bruchu hd 21 hits and 13 runs.

In all 43 games thus far:

--Rahm has a team-best 36 RBI and 45 hits and 18 walks in 43 games. He was named to All-MIAC first team and was conference Player of the Year after he led MIAC players in RBI. In 2010, Rahm had 50 RBI and 58 hits in 44 games. In his last two seasons in 86 games he has 21 doubles, seven triples and three HRs.

--Edwards is 4-4 with seven saves and a 2.83 ERA in 17 appearances (six starts). He has 63 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 64 innings, and has limited opposing hitters to a .211 average. In 2010 he ranked in the top five in Division III ERA at 1.87 and went 8-4 with 54 strikeouts in 77 innings.

--Dorgan has 48 hits and team bests with .390 average and five home runs. He's hit safely in 23 of the last 26 games. He had six hits in three games vs. St. John's and also went 3-for-5 vs. the Minnesota Gophers.

--Bruchu is batting .359 with 15 multi-hit games. He went 4-for-5 in the Siebert Field win over the Gophers. He has 100 hits in 82 games over the last two seasons. Bruchu went 5-for-8 in two Sunday games vs. Hamline and hit safely in all five games of the MIAC playoffs.

--Gapinski, who has 18 career wins, is 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 10 appearances, covering 52 innings. He has a team-best nine starts and has allowed just 10 walks.

--McQuillan broke his left thumb during a 3-for-3 performance in the opener of the Concordia sweep in late April and has missed the last 12 games. It appears his terrific UST career has ended with 192 hits, 152 runs, 54 stolen bases, 186 games played and unreal defensive range in center field. He hit safely in 21 his 24 career postseason games