Saints' Adams named second-team D3Baseball.com All-American
St. Scholastica senior pitcher Jeff Adams, a senior from Two Harbors, has been named a second team All-American by D3baseball.com. Adams, who was a first team All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference selection for the first time in his career, went ...
St. Scholastica senior pitcher Jeff Adams, a senior from Two Harbors, has been named a second team All-American by D3baseball.com.
Adams, who was a first team All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference selection for the first time in his career, went 8-1 this season, including winning his first eight decisions. He struck out 42 batters, while allowing just 40 hits in 51.2 innings pitched.
He was best in the league with a 0.98 earned run average and .160 opponents batting average during the regular season. He is ranked 35th in the nation with a 2.44 earned run average and is 27th with 6.96 hits allowed per nine innings.
This is the second straight year a Saints pitcher has earned some sort of D3baseball.com postseason accolade as Adian Kummet was an honorable mention choice last season.
Fellow UMAC pitcher Cody Hallahan from Bethany Lutheran was also named to the second team. University of St. Thomas pitcher Matt Schuld was named the Pitcher of the Year.
Six Saints, Kemp honored
The CSS baseball team had a total of six members named to the All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference First team and head coach Corey Kemp was named the UMAC Coach of the Year.
The Saints led all UMAC schools with six first team selections. Seniors Jeff Adams, Steve Gerten (Sr.-West St. Paul/Henry Sibley), Sean Claugherty (Sr.-Oakdale, Minn./Tartan), and Paul Kolodge (Sr.-Cloquet), along with juniors Matt Lewis (Jr.-Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) and Scott Greening (Jr.-Antigo, Wis.) all earned first-team honors.
Adams earns first team honors for the first time in his career. In UMAC games only, Adams led the conference with a 1.61 earned run average and six victories. Opponents batted just .160 against him, which was second-best in the league.
Gerten earns first team accolades for the third consecutive year. He was named as both a pitcher and infielder. Gerten was second in the conference with a .475 batting average in league games. He led the UMAC with a .800 slugging percentage and a .596 on-base percentage. His 10 doubles were third-most in the league. On the mound, he went 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA. He allowed just four runs in 21 innings.
Claugherty also earns first team honors for the third consecutive year. He led the UMAC with 36 RBIs in conference games and tied a league-high with four home runs. He scored 25 runs, which tied for third-most in the conference. He also led the league with 145 putouts. He now holds the second-longest hit streak in program history at 27 games.
Kolodge is named to the All-UMAC First team for the second straight season. Kolodge was third in the UMAC with a .763 slugging percentage in league games and was fourth with a .447 batting average. Kolodge was perfect behind the plate with a 1.000 fielding percentage. He threw out nine of 24 potential base stealers overall.
Lewis earns first team honors for the first time in his career. The junior went 4-0 in five starts and had a 2.49 earned run average in league games. The 2.49 ERA was third-best in the conference. He struck out 21 in 21.2 innings pitched.
Finally in his first season with the Saints, Scott Greening is named to the first team. Greening had a .400 batting average in 16 conference games. He had a .516 on-base percentage on was 5-for-5 stealing bases. Greening was perfect in center field with 19 putouts in 19 chances. He was also a first team selection in football this season as a safety.
Senior Brian Peterson (Sr.-Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley) and junior Andy Manos (Jr.-White Bear Lake, Minn.) earned honorable mention accolades for the first time in their careers. Peterson batted .433 in 30 at-bats in UMAC games this season. He was second in the conference with a .538 on-base percentage and was tied for third with eight stolen bases. Manos batted .333 with 14 RBIs in 18 league games. He was third in the conference with 50 assists.
In his first season as head coach, Corey Kemp is named the conference's coach of the year. Kemp guided the Saints, who weren't picked to win the league, to their 14th straight UMAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. The Saints also qualified for their sixth NCAA Tournament. Under Kemp, the Saints won 38 games this season, which is the third-most in program history.