Tommie Softball swept the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles and won 23 of 25 games (22 of their last 23) in all against league foes this spring.
So it was fitting that St. Thomas (38-6) had two of the three major award recipients in the conference for 2018.
Junior Melissa Barry was voted MIAC Player of the Year, and John Tschida was named Coach of the Year. Barry was among six Tommies named to the 35-player All-MIAC team, joining senior Sammy Hogan, juniors Chase Shortly, Dana Connelly, Jenna Bromen and sophomore Elise Barnes.
It was third consecutive All-MIAC award for Barry and Connelly, and second in a row for Barnes and Shortly.
The Tommies went on to sweep the NCAA regional tournament last weekend on their home diamond to reach next weekend's Super Regional best-of-three series at Luther -- the program's fourth Super Regional trip in five years. Barry was joined on the Regional All-Tournament team by teammates Hayley Dunning and Sammy Hogan., and the Most Outstanding Player Award went to Hogan.
Four Tommies also made the NFCA All-Region teams announced Wednesday: Barry on first team; Shortly and Barnes on the second team; and Bromen on the third team.
In 24 years of college coaching, Tschida has won three national championships and became the winningest Division III coach, active or retired, (winning percentage, .842) with a 930-174 record. That includes 120 postseason victories (79 in NCAA playoffs) at his two schools.
Tschida's Tommie teams have won 15 of 18 MIAC regular-season titles and 13 of the 15 conference playoff crowns contested. His UST squads have won 35 or more games in each of the last 15 seasons.
In 18 seasons under Tschida, St. Thomas is 358-8 against conference opponents in games where it scores four or more runs.
In 22 conference games. Barry had just one error in 103 defensive chances. She also had 34 hits and 23 runs while batting .466, and she struck out just once in 85 plate appearances.
Riding a current seven-game hitting streak, Barry went 5-for-9 in the MIAC playoffs and 6-for-9 in the regional tournament. In 25 career postseason games, Barry had 32 hits and 18 runs.
In all 44 games this season she has 15 multi-hit games. and has a .397 batting average with 58 hits, 41 runs and 22 steals.
In 128 career games, Barry is batting .395 with 154 hits and only six errors in 418 chances.
In all 44 games, Shortly is batting .398 with 51 hits, 48 runs, 41 RBI and only five strikeouts in 152 plate appearances, and only four errors in 330 defensive chances, primarily at first base.
In 134 career games, she has a .358 batting average with 138 hits in 134 games to go with 98 RBI, 88 runs, 43 doubles and 35 walks.
In all 44 games, Connelly is batting .357 with 45 hits, 30 RBI and 27 runs, and no errors in the outfield in 41 chances.
In her career, she has 123 hits in 127 games with 29 doubles and 23 walks and only two errors in 111 chances.
In her two UST seasons on the mound she's 30-6 with six saves and a 2.69 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 252 innings. At the plate this season she's batting .344 with 33 hits, 22 RBI and 18 runs.
In five postseason games this season she's pitched 13 innings and allowed just one earned run.
In 44 games this season, Bromen is batting .322 wiht 38 hits and 28 RBI and three home runs. She has thrown out five runners stealing and has only four errors in 198 defensive chances.
She was 4-for-9 with two RBI and a walk in last weekend's regional tournament.
Barnes has started all 44 games and has an impressive 51 hits, 51 runs, 20 walks and 35 RBI while batting .364. On defense, she has 136 assists and only six errors in 181 chances.
In six postseason games, all wins, she has 11 RBI, seven runs, two walks and 10 hits in 19 at-bats.
On her career she has 94 hits in 91 games.