Former Raider puts together another fabulous season

Ben Buerkle (photo courtesy of St. Mary’s University)
Ben Buerkle (photo courtesy of St. Mary’s University)

After his freshman season, Ben Buerkle, an outfielder on the St. Mary’s University baseball team, racked up an impressive list of awards. The former Roseville Area High School standout did even better this spring as a sophomore and the honors he has amassed playing for the Winona school bear that out.

Buerkle set single-season school records for runs (46) and runs batted in (47) in leading St. Mary’s to its most wins in a season in 20 years.

Buerkle’s awards haul includes two All-America nods, two all-region honors and a conference award. He was named first-team all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and picked up first-team all-midwest region nods from the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3Baseball.com. The ABCA also named Buerkle a second-team All-American while D3Baseball.com put him on its All-American third team.

Among the categories in which Buerkle led the team this spring was batting average (.462), hits (61), runs, doubles (11), triples (4), home runs (7), RBI, total bases (101), slugging percentage (.765) and on-base percentage (.517).

He had 20 multiple-hit games and drove in more than one run in a game 14 times. He recorded at least one hit in 34 of St. Mary’s 36 games. He opened the 2015 season with a 15-game hitting streak after kicking off his collegiate career in 2014 with a 20-game hitting streak.

In two seasons, he has had a hit in 71 of 76 games and has failed to reach base in any fashion in just two games.

As a freshman, Buerkle batted .406 with 61 hits, scored 32 runs and drove in 33. He was named the MIAC rookie of the year and earned all-region third-team honors.

And Buerkle isn’t getting it done just on the diamond. He is also an All-American in the classroom, too.

He was named to the 2015 Academic All-America Division III third team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Buerkle is a business management major and has a grade-point average of 3.60.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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