Tommies Claim MIAC Baseball Championship 13 May 13

- In 2013, the University of St. Thomas baseball team imposed its will on the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) with a 19-1 record en route to the regular-season title, and the 2013 MIAC Baseball Playoffs was no different as the Tommies added the league’s postseason title to its trophy case. UST, the top seed, defeated second-seeded Concordia 11-2 in Sunday’s championship game at Veterans Field in Minnetonka, Minn.

The postseason conference baseball title is the Tommies’ ninth after claiming its 33rd regular-season title – and 11th in a row – in 2013. Head Coach Chris Olean’s club has been in the MIAC Playoffs in all 14 years of the event, and Sunday they returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2010, after losing in the title game to Hamline in 2011 and Saint John’s a year ago. However, UST won both of its Playoff games in 2013 by at least seven runs, outscoring its two opponents by a combined score of 21-5, leaving no doubt about its worth as champions.

The loss was a bittersweet end to a great season for Head Coach Bucky Burgau and the Cobbers. Concordia emerged in second place atop a massive logjam in the MIAC standings with an 11-9 league record, and delivered the Playoffs’ signature moment Saturday night when a ninth-innning, walk-off home run send the Cobbers to their first-ever MIAC Baseball Playoff championship game.