SAINT PAUL, Minn.-- The Carleton baseball team opened conference play in a big way last week, playing four MIAC doubleheaders and winning five of its eight games. David Stillerman (Evanston, Ill.) was a catalyst for the Knights' success at the plate, while the strong starting pitching of Jack Violetta (Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) was a key factor in two of the wins for the surging Knights. For their performances, the senior infielder Stillerman, and sophomore lefty Violetta were named the MIAC Baseball Players-of-the-Week.
Stillerman hit safely in seven of his team's eight games last week and registered an on-base percentage of .553 and a .719 slugging percentage for the week. His top performances included a 2-for-2 day with four runs scored and two walks in a win over St. Olaf, a 4-for-5 game with a run and an RBI in a narrow 5-3 loss to Bethel, and a 3-for-5 game with two runs and an RBI in a 4-3 win over Augsburg. Stillerman's .473 batting average this season ranks third in the MIAC, and his .469 conference average ranks second. His 15 runs and 15 hits both lead the league in conference play, and his 23 total bases rank fourth.
Violetta had a strong start to conference play last Monday, going six innings with three earned runs on seven hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings to earn the win in an 18-6 victory over Macalester. He was even better Sunday, as he didn't allow an earned run in seven strong innings in a 2-1 victory over Augsburg. In that win, Violetta took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed just two hits and two walks with six Ks. This season, Violetta is 4-0 with a 2.32 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 31 innings. His four wins lead the MIAC and his ERA ranks 10th, while he has he fourth-most strikeouts in the conference.
Thanks to the 5-3 record in its first four MIAC doubleheaders last week, Carleton improved to 11-7 overall, and is 5-3 in conference play. The Knights are currently tied for fourth place and in the thick of the race for the MIAC Playoffs. This week is another busy one for Carleton. The Knights host Finlandia for a nonconference doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m., they travel to Saint Mary's for a MIAC twin bill Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and host Saint John's Saturday for a 1 p.m. MIAC matchup. Carleton also hosts Northland in a 2 p.m. nonconference game Sunday.