(St. Peter, Minn., May 8, 2003) – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its 2003 Baseball All-Conference Team, and four Gustavus Adolphus players were among those named to the squad.
All four of the Gusties were selected to the all-conference team for the first time in their collegiate careers. Leading the way were seniors Mike Fritz (Pitcher, Woodbury, MN) and Tom Ramy (C/1B, Bloomington, MN). Also selected were junior Trent Larson (P/IF, Burnsville, MN) and freshman Ben Sherer (OF, Bismarck, ND).
Fritz went 6-2 on the mound for Gustavus with a 2.53 ERA this season. In conference play alone he was 5-1 with a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.00.
After a slow offensive start to the non-conference schedule, Ramy caught fire at the plate and hit .383 against conference opponents. He was third in the league with four home runs to go along with a team-best 18 RBI in conference games.
Larson split his time at shortstop and on the pitcher’s mound. He hit .338 in conference games and scored a team-high 17 runs in MIAC play. Larson was also 2-2 on the mound with a 2.85 ERA versus league foes.
Sherer earned all-conference honors in his first collegiate season by hitting .439 in MIAC games. He played the entire league schedule without committing an error.
Gustavus tied for fourth place in the final conference standings with St. John’s, which had a league-high five players named to the all-conference team. League champion St. Thomas and league runner-up St. Olaf joined Gustavus with four selections apiece.
Gustavus finished the season 19-19 with a 12-8 record in conference play. This year’s record is tied for the fourth-highest win total in the program’s 95-year history.