WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Association, will induct three members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Friday-Sunday, Sept. 12-14.
The 2014 Saint Mary’s University Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor former student-athletes Jennifer (Meyer ’01) Fisher, Kelly (King ’97) Stinson and Chris Gogolewski (’94).
The trio will be honored during an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 12. Along with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame class, Friday’s ceremony will also honor Saint Mary’s 2013-14 postseason award-winners, as well as unveiling the 2013-14 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes, and Outstanding Scholar Athletes.
Here’s a look at this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:
JENNIFER (MEYER ’01) FISHER
Fisher enjoyed a stellar four-year career as a member of the Cardinal fastpitch softball team, capped by a national championship in 2000 and a fourth-place finish in the national tournament a year later. Fisher took the softball world by storm, earning Third-Team All-American honors — not to mention being named SMU’s Outstanding Female Athlete — during her freshman season, when she hit .456, with five triples, five home runs and 33 RBIs. The speedy outfielder followed that up by being named Second-Team All-American as a sophomore, while also garnering NFCA All-Region First-Team honors her first three seasons in a Cardinal uniform and Second-Team accolades as a senior. Named to the NCAA Regional and National All-Tournament Teams in both 2000 and 2001, Fisher’s name is sprinkled throughout the Cardinal record books. She ranks first in career games played (179) and stolen bases (97), while ranking second in home runs (17) and total bases (313), and third in hits (208) and RBIs (129).
KELLY (KING ’97) STINSON
Stinson had a banner four-year career for the SMU fastpitch softball team — highlighted by one of the most dominating seasons in NCAA history in 1997. A regular in the Cardinals’ pitching rotation, Stinson took center stage in 1997 and had a season for the ages — striking out 286 batters in leading SMU to its first-ever NCAA Regional appearance. Stinson closed out her senior season ranking No. 1 in the nation with 13 strikeouts per 7 innings), while her 286 strikeout were third-most in NCAA history and her 39 consecutive scoreless innings ranked sixth in Division III history. A First-Team All-MIAC, All-Region and All-American selection in 1997 — not to mention being named First-Team Academic All-American, as well as SMU’s Outstanding Female Athlete and the WInona Daily News Sportsperson of the Year — Stinson closed out her collegiate career ranking No. 2 in strikeouts (442), No. 3 in wins (40) and appearances (75), while ranking fifth in shutouts (8) and sixth in ERA (1.52).
CHRIS GOGOLEWSKI ’94
Gogolewski was a mainstay on the pitcher’s mound for the SMU baseball team during his four-year collegiate career — highlighted by a conference championship in 1993. And his playing days did not end when his Saint Mary’s eligibility did, as the left-hander was drafted in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers and spent five years playing in the minor leagues. Gogolewski compiled a 19-3 record and a 3.06 ERA — not to mention 111 strikeouts — during his time at Saint Mary’s. Upon graduation, Gogolewski spent two minor-league seasons in the Rangers’ organization, before playing three more years in the Independent League.