DALLAS (NCBWA) – The College Conference of Illinois and
Wisconsin captured a pair of this week's NCAA Div. III weekly accolades
from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while
the New Jersey Athletic Conference had this week's top hitter. This
week's honorees were recognized for performances spanning March
Hitter of the Week: Kean University junior outfielder
Philip Mahlik went 10-for-14 (.714) from his leadoff position with
six RBI and three extra-base hits, including an inside-the-park
home run. Mahlik went 6-for-8 with five RBI, an inside-the-park
homer, and a stolen base in the season-opening doubleheader sweep
of New Jersey City University. In a doubleheader split with William
Paterson University, Mahlik went a combined 4-for-6 with a triple
and RBI. He posted a 1.143 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base
percentage for the week.
Honorable Mention Hitter: Adam Moore, Sr., Washington &
Jefferson College – Led Washington & Jefferson offensively in
last weekend's four-game sweep of Bethany College (W.Va.). The senior
compiled a .571 average (8-of-14), slugged a pair of home runs,
and totaled 10 RBI. Moore also scored four runs and recorded 14
total bases. He finished the series with a .625 on-base percentage.
Pitcher of the Week: North Central College's
(Illinois) Ryan Behling pitched a nine-inning no-hitter in a 4-0
shutout against Spalding University on March 14. Impressively, only
two of the 27 outs came via strikeouts and only one out was recorded
out of the infield – an eighth-inning fly out to center field.
Honorable Mention Pitcher: RJ Kuruts, Sr., St.
John Fisher College – Was untouchable last week as he was part of
a combined no-hitter against Clarkson University on Tuesday. Kuruts
got the start and allowed just one walk over six innings while striking
out a career-high 13 batters. Kuruts retired 19 of 20 batters faced
in the win.
Rookie of the Week: Illinois Wesleyan University's
Jacob Cyrus powered the team to a sweep over Wartburg College on
March 13. Cyrus finished the doubleheader 6-for-8 with a double,
a homer, and 10 RBI. He scored two runs, swiped two bases, and walked
once. In game one, Cyrus finished 3-for-4 with seven RBI and two
runs scored. The highlight of his performance was a three-run homer
in the eighth that broke a 10-10 tie and secured IWU's 13-10 win.
His seven RBI are the most by a Titan since 2019, and the most by
an IWU freshman since 2007. He added a 3-for-4 effort in game two
with three more RBI and ran his reached base streak to eight games.
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2021 NCBWA Division III Players of the Week:
• Week ending March 7: Caleb Durbin, Washington U. (Hitter); Patrick O'Rourke, Berry (Pitcher); Amani Jones, Stevenson (Rookie)
• Week ending March 14: Philip Mahlik, Kean (Hitter); Ryan Behling, North Central (Pitcher); Jacob Cyrus, Illinois Wesleyan (Rookie)
• Week ending March 21: Dane Pedersen, Louisiana College (Hitter); Thomas Gallant, Mount Union (Pitcher); Nolan Sparks, Rochester (Rookie)
• Week ending March 28: Jack Hollinshead, Wittenberg (Hitter); Sam Westermeyer, St. Olaf (Pitcher); Cam Seymour, Southern Maine (Rookie)
• Week ending April 4: Catcher Cumming, Penn State Altoona (Hitter); Chris Chiriboga, St. Thomas (Pitcher); Jake Freed, Oberlin (Rookie)
• Week ending April 11: Adam Zebrowski, St. John Fisher (Hitter); Nolan Rowan, Kean (Pitcher); Amani Jones, Stevenson (Rookie)
2021 NCBWA Division III Players of the Month:
• February: Ty Morgan, Louisiana College (Hitter); Brett Sanchez, Belhaven (Pitcher); Levi Cloud, Berry (Rookie)