The St. Thomas baseball team got off to a great start in defense of its MIAC championship last week, sweeping a pair of league doubleheaders to start out 4-0 in conference play. The Tommies’ top highlight on the mound came courtesy of sophomore Colin Wendinger (New Ulm, Minn./Cathedral), who dazzled in his first career MIAC start. The right-handed pitcher went the distance for a complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win against Saint Mary’s. For his performance, Wendinger was named the MIAC Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Week.
Wendinger made the most of his conference starting debut in a matchup of 2012 MIAC Playoff teams. The Tommie sophomore kept the Cardinals off the board while allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out five in the complete-game (7.0 innings) shutout victory. Four of SMU’s six hits were of the infield variety, and the win came in the longest outing of his young career. Wendinger improved to 2-1 in three starts with a 4.41 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched this season.