DALLAS (NCBWA) A three-time Little East Conference Baseball
Player of the Week claimed the National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association Div. III Hitter of the Week honor, while the Empire
8 Athletic Conference and North Coast Athletic Conference earned
the week three Pitcher and Rookie of the Week awards. This week's
honorees were selected based on performances spanning March 4-10.
Hitter of the Week: Junior first baseman Davis
Mikell was named the Little East Conference Baseball Player of the
Week for the third time in as many weeks after reaching base in
each of his 11 plate appearances during Castleton University's doubleheader
sweep of Bard College. Mikell was a perfect 7-for-7 with five extra
base hits. He slugged 2.000, scored eight runs, and drove in four.
Mikell went 5-for-5 with two doubles, one triple, four runs scored
and two RBI in Castleton's 13-4 game-one win before going 2-for-2
with one double and one triple while drawing three free passes,
scoring four runs, and driving in a pair of runners in the 13-7
Honorable Mention Hitter: Allen Murphy, Jr.,
UT, St. John Fisher College Helped guide the Cardinals to a 5-3
overall mark as St. John Fisher played eight games in Florida and
posted two wins in a three-game set against seventh-ranked University
of Massachusetts Boston. Murphy went 16-for-36 (.444) at the plate
and had two home runs, 16 RBI, and 12 runs scored in that stretch.
The junior slugged .667 and had a .500 on-base percentage. Murphy's
biggest hit of the week came in the rubber game of a three-game
set with the Beacons, as he crushed a go-ahead three-run home run
in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Fisher to a 10-8 win.
Pitcher of the Week: Ithaca College senior Jake
Binder carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning during the Bombers'
2-0 victory over No. 18 California Lutheran University on Sunday
afternoon at Thousand Oaks, California. Binder was perfect through
seven innings before issuing a walk, while his lone hit came with
one out in the ninth. He recorded five strikeouts in the game and
needed just 100 pitches.
Honorable Mention Pitcher: Lake Pry, So., Grove
City College Threw Grove City's first no-hitter in 19 years Thursday
when he no-hit Penn State New Kensington. Pry struck out 13 men
and walked one in eight innings as Grove City won 10-0 (10-run rule).
Pry's 13 strikeouts are the most for a Grove City pitcher since
Erik Arnesen mowed down 13 University of Pittsburg at Greensburg
batters on March 18, 2006.
Rookie of the Week: Oberlin College freshman
Jacob Thompson had a sensational collegiate debut, helping the Yeomen
to a pair of 8-7 wins over Capital University. The Corinth, Texas
native powered the Yeomen lineup by going 6-for-9 with two home
runs, a triple, five RBI, and three runs scored. He amassed 14 total
bases in the doubleheader. Thompson, who also had two stolen bases,
went 4-for-5 in the lid-lifter, and was 2-for-4 with two RBI and
a run scored in game two. The right-hander started game two on the
bump and allowed one run on one hit in five innings to earn his
first career win.
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2019 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
Week ending Feb. 24: Tre D'Amico, Frostburg State (Hitter); Keith Long, Texas-Tyler (Pitcher); Andrew Santobuono, Alfred State (Rookie)
Week ending March 3: Deauton Delgado, Louisiana College (Hitter); David Hall, Belhaven (Pitcher); Casey Jones, St. Vincent College (Rookie)
Week ending March 10: Davis Mikell, Castleton (Hitter); Jake Binder, Ithaca (Pitcher); Jacob Thompson, Oberlin (Rookie)
Week ending March 17: Holden Bridge, Swarthmore (Hitter); Tyler Showers, Arcadia (Pitcher); Colton Lineman, Grove City (Rookie)
Week ending March 24: Preston Ludwick, Centenary (Hitter); Brian Johnson, Springfield (Pitcher); Mason Sefcik, St. Norbert (Rookie)
Week ending March 31: Chris DeGiacomo, Johns Hopkins (Hitter); Chris Atwood, Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Pitcher); Jacob Thompson, Oberlin (Rookie)
Week ending April 7: Zack Smith, Salve Regina (Hitter); Worth Walrod, Suffolk (Pitcher); Nick Denove, Case Western Reserve (Rookie)
Week ending April 14: Christian Jones, Catholic (Hitter); Shayne Audet, New England College (Pitcher); Dylan Fashempour, UMass-Boston (Rookie)
Week ending April 21: Joey Stock, Saint John's, Minn. (Hitter); Connor Cook, Wisconsin-LaCrosse (Pitcher); Kyle Schaefer, Roger Williams (Rookie)
Week ending April 28: Colin BeVard, Cortland (Hitter); Matt OSullivan, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Pitcher); Damen Castillo, Benedictine (Rookie)
Week ending May 5: Eric Devore, Heidelberg (Hitter); Ryan Loutos Washington (Pitcher); Kobe Rogerson, Husson (Rookie)