DALLAS (NCBWA) – Institutions from the Old Dominion Athletic
Conference, the Commonwealth Coast Conference and the Minnesota
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference gained National Collegiate Baseball
Wresters Association Division III accolades for games played Feb.
Hitter of the Week: Emory and Henry junior outfielder
Ben Sexton wasn't short of power to help fuel the
Wasps' offense. The Lebanon, Va., native helped his team to a 3-0
mark with a .700/.636/1.300 slash line. Sexton was 7-for-10 in the
three outings, smacking a trio of doubles and a homer to go with
seven RBI and four runs scored. He also stole three bases without
being caught. Sexton went 4-for-4 in a 15-11 triumph at Ferrum.
Two of those hits were doubles as he scored twice, drove in two
runs and swiped two games. In game two against Southern Virginia
-- following a 6-3 victory in game one -- Sexton proved the difference-maker
as E&H swept the Knights, 12-9. Sexton went 3-for-4 with two
runs scored, a double, a stolen base, and a walk-off three run homer.
The dinger gave him five RBI for the game.
Honorable Mention Hitter: Tyler Kledzik, So.,
OF, Elmhurst: Batted .625 (10-for-16) with seven runs, two doubles,
two triples and nine RBIs for the 3-1 Bluejays last week. He opened
the season with a 5-for-6 performance and a team-leading five RBIs
in a 17-7 win over Blackburn and was 3-for-5 with two runs and one
RBI in the Bluejays' 6-2 win over MacMurray March 3. The following
day, he finished 2-for-2 with three runs and three RBIs while reaching
base five times in five plate appearances in a 13-2 win over Loras.
Kledzik also scored a run and walked twice against Eureka Sunday.
Pitcher of the Week: Salve Regina sophomore
hurler Patrick Maybach resumed his sparkling collegiate
career. The Saunderstown, R.I., native was dominant in a 6-0 victory
over Framingham State March 4 in the Seahawks' season opener. Last
year's Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year tossed seven
shutout innings and struck out a career-high 15 batters while allowing
just three singles and three walks.
Honorable Mention Pitcher: Kenny Sysyn, So.,
Marymount (Va.): Tossed a complete-game one-hitter in a victory
over Western Connecticut State. Through seven innings on the mound,
Sysyn registered a career-high nine strikeouts and just two walks
against 26 batters. It marked the first complete-game outing of
Rookie of the Week: St. Mary's University of
Minnesota's James Green turned heads in the Sunshine
State, guiding the Cardinals to one of their four wins. Green pitched
14 innings of shutout ball, striking out 13 and walking none to
start his collegiate campaign. A resident of East Bethel, Minn,
he retired five batters in a 2-0 victory over MSOE on February 26
and returned to the mound on March 3 for an eight-K performance
against Mount Union.
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2018 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• Week ending Feb. 25: Josh Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan (Hitter); Jimi Keating, Spalding (Pitcher); Tristen Luck, Methodist (Rookie)
• Week ending March 4: Ben Sexton, Emory and Henry (Hitter); Patrick Maybach, Salve Regina (Pitcher); James Green, St. Mary's (Minn.) (Rookie)
• Week ending March 11: Carson Cox, Concordia (Hitter); Greg Schneider, Frostburg State (Pitcher); Justin Provost, Rowan (Minn.) (Rookie)