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Baseball gets four on All-MIAC

Baseball gets four on All-MIAC

MIAC news release

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St. Thomas had four players among 30 named to the 2018 Baseball All-MIAC Team announced Tuesday.

Senior Jake Smith received his third consecutive honor, and fellow senior Ryan Zimmerman and junior Henry DeCaster were repeat honorees. Sophomore transfer Ryan Lust also was recognized.

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.

 

Jake Smith

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.

 

Ryan Zimmerman

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.

 

Henry DeCaster

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.

 

Ryan Lust

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