by DONNY NADEAU, Saint Mary’s sports information director
It was a year to remember for Saint Mary’s University starting pitcher Luke Gilbertson — who helped guide the Cardinals to their first-ever Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Playoff title, not to mention spearheading SMU’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history.
MIAC recognized Gilbertson for his efforts in May, selecting the junior to the All-MIAC First Team.
And Tuesday, the post-season honors continued, as Gilbertson was named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Midwest Region Third Team.
Gilbertson proved to be one of the aces of the Cardinals’ pitching staff this season, compiling a perfect 7-0 record and a 3.38 ERA in 12 appearances — including nine starts. Gilbertson logged a career-high 66.0 innings in those 12 appearances — including three nine-inning complete-game performances. The junior right-hander walked just 12, while striking out 31, and opponents hit just .238 against him.
Gilbertson was one of nine players from the MIAC to earn All-Region honors.
St. Thomas’ Graham Laubscher was the conference’s lone representative on the first team. Saint John’s Ethan Roe and Max Nyrop, along with Gustavus’ Bryce Novak and Damon Rademacher, and St. Thomas’ Andrew Tri, were second-team selections, and joining Gilbertson on the third team were Weston Lombard and Jack Hanson of Gustavus.
Senior Jack Surin of Benedictine was named the ABCA/Rawlings Midwest Region Player of the Year, while Matt O’Sullivan, a senior from UW-Whitewater, was tabbed the region’s Pitcher of the Year.