St. Thomas had four players among 30 named to the 2018 Baseball All-MIAC Team announced Tuesday.
Coach Chris Olean's team overcame a 1-6 start and strange weather that kept the team out of outside practice and competition for most of a 22-day stretch. UST only played six games on campus.
The Toms got on a roll and won 15 of 21 games from March 25-May 1. They reached the conference playoffs for the 19th time in the 19-year history of the event with a third-place MIAC finish.
But the Toms lost 10 games by one or two runs -- including to one-run MIAC playoff games -- and finished 20-18.
Smith batted .310 this season and closed out a strong career as a rare four-year starter. In 161 career games, Smith reached base 265 times via hit, walk or HBP. He had a .330 career average with 189 hits, 133 runs, 96 RBI, 57 walks, 29 doubles, 13 triples, 12 HRs, 19 HBP and 24 steals.
A third-team d3Baseball All-Region honoree in 2017, Zimmerman had another strong season. In 43 career pitching appearances, he had a 3.04 ERA, 16-8 record, one save, eight complete games, 203 strikeouts, 74 walks in 181 innings.
An All-Region pick and MIAC Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore in 2017, DeCaster was hurt by low run support on several starts. He had 72 strikeouts in 64 innings (10 appearances, all starts) and a 4-to-1 K-to-walk ratio with a 2.69 ERA, but finished just 2-5 this spring. In 22 career appearances (two seasons), the lefty is 10-8 with 2.54 ERA with 164 Ks, 39 walks in 142 innings.
Lust hit .460 over his last 19 games (28-of-61) with 13 RBI and 11 walks. He finished the season with 10 multi-hit games and batted a teanm-best .384 with 33 hits, 12 walks and 16 RBI in 30 games