The Northern Sun Conference has named their Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23rd. Once again, the Conference has decided to go with 2 players from the same team (Minnesota State). The Mavericks played one of the weakest opponents in the Conference (Northern State) in this weekends opening of league games. While both players named had very good performances this week, I think the Conference should stop saying they try not to pick 2 from the same team or that they take strength of opponent into consideration. Player of the Week Rant Follow Up
Player of the Week was a no-brainer as Minnesota State’s Danny Miller won the honor. The sophomore outfielder from Eden Prairie, MN was a perfect 11 for 11 in the first 3 games of the Maverick’s weekend series against Northern State. The 11 consecutive hits set a new Minnesota State record, beating the old mark of 10 straight set in 1996. His 11 hits included 2 doubles and a home run to go with 7 RBI’s and a perfect 8 putouts in the field.
Pitcher of the Week was Minnesota State’s Patrick Lenton. The junior from Maple Grove, MN pitched a complete game shutout in a 9-0 win over the Northern State Wolves. Lenton’s performance was marked by giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk to go with 8 strikeouts. He improved his season record to 4-1 as the #1 starter for the Mavericks.
While Lenton’s pure stats were better (a 1 hitter IS really good), I think there were 2 Augustana pitchers, Kenny Lidke (4 hits in 6.1 innings) and Tyler Pierson (2 hits in 6 innings, 9 K’s and no earned runs allowed), who had just as good performances this week when you consider they were pitching against a top team like Concordia.