Tommie Softball junor Elise Barnes on Monday was named MIAC Softball Player of the Week.
Barnes helped the No. 2-ranked Tommies to a 3-1 week to claim the MIAC championship. She hit .538 (7-for-13) with five runs batted in, seven runs scored, two home runs, two walks, and two steals in four games, including a sweep of second-place St. Catherine.
Barnes extended her hitting streak to nine games and has reached base in 21 consecutive games. In 22-game conferece stats, the junior infielder leads or is tied for the MIAC lead in batting average, RBI, runs scored, home runs, and slugging percentage.
St. Thomas is now 33-1 since last postseason in games when Barnes scores a run, and 84-6 in such games on her career.
In 134 career games, Barnes has 155 hits, 140 runs, 96 RBI, 20 HRs, 12 triples, 29 doubles, 57 steals, 44 walks, a .652 slug percentage and a .377 batting average.
She needs one triple to tie a 31-year-old school career record of 13. With one season and this postseason remaining, Barnes already ranks in the top 10 in Tommie history in run, triples, home runs and slugging percenage.
The Tommies (35-5) won the conference regular-season title for the 18th time in the last 20 seasons and 25th time in the 41-year history of MIAC softball.
Coach John Tschida's team is the top seed for the four-team MIAC Playoffs and will host the three-day tournament May 3-5 on campus at South Field. This is the 16th time in the 16-year history of the event that St. Thomas has qualified, with 12 of a posible 15 championships.