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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/29

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/29

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - 4/29

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Garrett Crum, Wooster

Wooster senior Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South) upped his hitting streak to 21 games during Saturday’s sweep over ninth-ranked Denison. Crum went 6-for-9 with three doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored, as the Fighting Scots moved into first-place in the NCAC. Overall, Crum was 10-for-14 over three games last week with four doubles and three RBI. During his hitting streak, Crum has recorded a remarkable .563 average (49-for-87) with 33 RBI and 26 runs scored.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Tanner Griggs, Wittenberg

Wittenberg sophomore right-hander Tanner Griggs (Pickerinton, OH/Central) was dominant in a pair of NCAC wins last week. On Monday, he struck out a career-high 13 and allowed just one run on one hit in 7.2 innings of work in a win over Kenyon. He followed that performance up by striking out nine and allowing just one run on three hits in 8.0 innings of work in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Allegheny. In the two starts combined, Griggs struck out 22 batters and allowed just one earned run on six hits in 15.2 innings of work for a minuscule 0.57 ERA. 

Softball, Player of the Week – Grace Smith, DePauw

DePauw freshman Grace Smith (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) batted .429 (9-for-21) in eight games last week for the Tigers. She collected six RBI and five runs to go along with two stolen bases in a week that saw DePauw go 7-1 and clinch the NCAC Championship.  

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Emily Pater, Kenyon

In four appearances last week, Kenyon freshman Emily Pater (Northbrook, IL/The Willows Academy) went 4-0, posted a 1.50 ERA, had 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .248 batting average. With Kenyon’s sweep of Hiram, in which she was the game-one winner, she helped the program reach the NCAC Tournament for the first time since 2013. 

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Spencer Butler, Denison

Denison’s Spencer Butler (Essex Fells, NJ/Millbrook) scored seven goals on 13 shot attempts in Denison’s 16-13 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Butler also added three goals in the Big Red’s victory over Hiram. Against OWU, Butler moved into second place in career goals scored at Denison with 176, passing Andy John ‘84. He needs 14 goals to become Denison’s career leader.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Tess Siciliano, Oberlin

Sophomore standout Tess Siciliano (Sarasota, FL/Out of Door Academy) led the Yeowomen past Ohio Wesleyan, 18-11, in the regular-season finale to help Oberlin secure the No. 4 seed in the NCAC Tournament. The Sarasota, Florida, native deposited a career-high six goals and added two draw controls as she ran her team-high goal total to 39 on the year. She has scored at least three goals in each of the last four games, leading the Yeowomen to a 3-1 mark during that stretch.

Men's Golf Athlete of the Week – Ryan Mallette, Wittenberg

Wittenberg junior Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) earned medalist honors over the weekend at the Strimer Memorial Invitational to help guide the fourth-ranked Tigers to their third-straight team title at an event in the last month. Mallette recorded a one-under 70 in Saturday’s opening round, before carding a three-under 68 on Sunday to earn a two-stroke win. The Tigers shot a two-day score of 572 (287-285), which was 16 shots better than the duo of Kenyon and No. 9 Carnegie Mellon that tied for second in the team standings with 588 strokes each.

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week – Alexis Reichardt, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan junior Alexis Reichardt (Waldo, OH/River Valley) tied for third place at the Franklin Spring Invitational. Reichardt finished the first round with an 82, one shot out of the individual lead. She clubbed an 85 on Sunday to finish with 167.

Men's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Quinton Broomfield, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan senior Quinton Broomfield (Gahanna, OH/Lincoln) produced the  NCAC’s quickest time this season in the men’s 400 hurdles at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Classic. The senior timed in at 55.40 seconds, 64-hundredths better than the next best time among conference athletes. 

Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Adriano Atallah, Oberlin

Oberlin’s Adriano Atallah (New Rochelle, NY/Regis) earned the NCAC decathlon win after claiming seven first-place finishes including setting a new conference record in the 400 meter dash (49.57). He also took first in the 100 meter dash (11.02), 110 meter hurdles (15.95), long jump (6.45m), shot put (11.04m), discus throw (31.29m) and 1,500 meter run. He also placed third in the high jump (1.73m) and fifth in the javelin throw (41.01m).

Women's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Abby McCarty, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Abby McCarty (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) finished among the top four in the 100-meter hurdles at Denison’s Big Red Invitational. The freshman’s time was 16.76 seconds, just off her season best of 16.41.

Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Carolyn Webster, Wooster

Wooster’s Carolyn Webster (Fredricktown, OH/Fredricktown) claimed the 2019 NCAC heptathlon victory after earning three first-place finishes in the high jump (1.61m), long jump (5.25m) and javelin throw (31.01m). The senior placed second in both the 100 meter hurdles (16.23) and 800 meter run (2:39.56) while also finishing fourth in the shot put (9.47m) and 200 meter dash (27.97).


NCAC Milestones & Records (Apr. 22 - Apr. 28)

Denison, Baseball - Head Coach Mike Deegan became Denison’s career leader in coaching victories, passing Barry Craddock (2000-07) with 183 wins in the Big Red’s 9-7 win over Baldwin Wallace on Sunday. 

Ohio Wesleyan, Women’s Lacrosse - Junior attacker Sloane Baumgartner (Naperville, IL/St. Francis) scored seven goals last week, raising her season total to 60. She is the second Ohio Wesleyan women’s lacrosse player to reach that mark. Her 75 points also ranks second on the OWU season list.

Ohio Wesleyan, Men’s Lacrosse - Senior attacker Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek)scored seven goals last week, raising his career total to 251. That mark ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division III.

Wabash, Baseball - Senior second baseman Sean Roginski (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) collected his 206th career hit on Sunday to tie Chris Deig for the Wabash all-time hits record. Roginski’s record tying hit came on an RBI double in the Little Giants’ 16-inning loss to DePauw.

Wittenberg, Softball - Senior Abby Curnutte (Urbana, OH/Urbana) set the Wittenberg all-time career home runs record on Thursday with a first-inning homer against Allegheny, notching her 17th as a Tiger. Curnutte added to her career total on Sunday in the Tiger’s season finale with No. 18 against Trine. 

Wooster, Baseball - Wooster senior Garrett Crum (Alliance, OH/Canton South) logged the 12th 20-game hitting streak in program history during Saturday’s first game versus No. 9 Denison. During his 21-game run, Crum’s hitting a remarkable .563 (49-for-87) with 33 RBI and 26 runs scored.

Wooster, Softball - Wooster’s sweep over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday upped the team’s record to 25-11. The 25 wins are tied with the 2012 team for the most in program history.