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2007 NCAC Baseball Players Of The Week

May 7, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wooster senior Sheldon Steiner (Dalton, OH/Central Christian) batted .500 
(7-for-14) with three runs scored, three doubles and five RBI in three 
games last week. In Wooster's two NCAC Tournament victories, he went 
5-for-9 (.556) with two runs and two RBI while doubling in each game and 
walking once. He also took over the team lead in batting average (.396) 
last week. 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ohio Wesleyan senior right-hander Sean Ring (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) 
limited Allegheny to two hits in 7.2 innings pitched, striking out six 
batters and walking two to help the Bishops advance to the championship 
series of the NCAC Baseball Tournament. He retired the last 15 batters 
he faced.
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April 30, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kenyon senior third baseman Blaise Milburn (Sewickley, PA/Sewickley 
Academy) led the Lords in a split of their series with Allegheny. Milburn 
hit 5-for-10 (.500) with two doubles, and a home run. He also walked four 
times, scored seven times, drove in six RBI and had a .706 on-base 
percentage in the series.  

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ohio Wesleyan senior right hander Sean Ring (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) 
pitched a three-hitter to lead the Bishops to a division clinching 3-1 
victory over Wittenberg. Ring did not allow a runner past second base 
during the final five innings, struck out two and walked two.
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April 23, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Allegheny senior Jimmy Fernandez (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) paced 
the Gators' offensive output last week by going 14-of-16 (.875) with 
three doubles and a three-run home run, earning 20 total bases for a 
slugging percentage of 1.250 in four of the team's seven games. He also 
walked three times, taking his on-base percentage to .895. Fernandez 
tied for the team lead with 11 runs and also drove in 14 runs as the 
Gators went 6-1 on the week.  

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Earlham senior Rob Kinne (Ft. Wayne, IN/Canterbury) pitched seven 
innings to lead the Quakers to a 4-3 win over Denison, their first NCAC 
victory since 2003. Kinne worked a one-hit shutout into the seventh 
inning, before the Big Red picked up three runs on two hits. Kinne struck 
out two batters in the complete-game victory.
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April 16, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wittenberg senior Andrew Wellman (Huntington, WV/Huntington) drove in the
winning run to lift the Tigers past nationally ranked Transylvania, 3-2. 
He capped his 5-for-5 evening with an eighth-inning single that completed 
a five-run Tiger rally to clinch the come-from-behind victory. Wellman 
reached base six straight times, adding a walk his totals. He also 
finished with one run and a double to his credit. Wellman made his second 
start since suffering a hamstring injury more than a month ago.  

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Wabash sophomore right-hander Joey Niezer (Batesville, IN/Oldenburg 
Academy) went 2-0 on the week, scattering four hits in 16 innings of 
work. He came on in relief to pick up a 10-7 win against North Park, 
throwing seven innings of relief while tying a career-high with seven 
strikeouts. He gave up two hits and allowed one earned run. He then went 
the distance against previously undefeated Wooster, lifting the Little 
Giants past the Fighting Scots, 3-2. The victory snapped the Scots' 27-
game winning streak, the longest in the nation and longest in Wooster 
school history. It is also the first win in 12 tries by Wabash against 
the Scots. Niezer allowed two hits in nine innings  - giving up an 
infield hit in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the seventh. He 
struck out five, giving him 12 K's for the week. He also had four assists 
in the field, including throwing out a runner at the plate in the fourth 
inning to hold a two-run lead. He threw out a Scot pinch-hitter on a 
ground ball to his right in the seventh inning for the third out to 
preserve the lead. On the week, he allowed four hits, five runs (one 
earned) and walked six and hit six batters to set the Wabash and NCAC 
single-season record with his 21st HBP. 
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April 9, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wabash freshman Kyle Rush (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) went 5-for-6 (.833) 
as the Little Giants' leadoff hitter in a pair of NCAC victories over 
Earlham (16-4, 13-6). He had a double, three RBI, two stolen bases and 
scored five runs. Rush also walked once and had a sacrifice fly. He 
shares the NCAC lead for stolen bases with 13.  

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Hiram junior Mike Piechuta (Akron, OH/Springfield) earned a complete-
game 5-1 win over Case Western Reserve, allowing one run on five hits 
with no walks. He struck out eight batters and had a 1.29 earned run 
average.
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April 2, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio Wesleyan senior second baseman Kyle Sherman (Plain City, OH/Dublin 
Scioto) was 11-for-17 (.647) for the week with eight runs scored, two 
doubles, two triples, three homers, nine RBI and 26 total bases. He 
registered a 1.529 slugging percentage over the six games, leading the 
Battling Bishops to a 5-1 week. In the four-game league series against 
Earlham, he paced the Bishops, hitting 10-for-13 (.769) with seven runs 
scored, a double, two triples, eight RBI and 24 total bases. The 
highlight of his week was the third and fourth games against the Quakers 
when he hit three homers.  

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Oberlin freshman Jack Dunn (Lake Havasu City, AZ/Lake Havasu) picked up 
two complete-game wins and a save, accouting for three of the Yeomen's 
six wins last week. He worked 16 innings, giving up 11 hits and two 
earned runs and racked up 16 strikeouts. 
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March 26, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio Wesleyan junior outfielder Brent Wilkins (Fairview PArk, OH/
Fairview) led the Battling Bishops to a 2-0 week, hitting 3-for-5 
(.600) with a pair of three-run homers, six RBI and a walk in back-to-
back wins over Wittenberg, 7-6 and 2-0, respectively. In the opener 
against Wittenberg, he staked the Bishops to a 3-0 lead in the second 
inning with a three-run homer down the left-field line. He tied the 
game at 6-6 with his homer to right in the seventh. Wilkins was a 
perfect 3-for-3 in the game. 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Wooster junior lefty Adam Samson (Orrville, OH/Orrville) struck out a 
career-high 14, leading the Fighting Scots to a 7-2 win in the opening 
game of the Allegheny series. He went all seven innings, yielding 
seven hits and one walk. The 14 strikeouts tied for the third-most in 
a single game in Scot history. He also pitched one inning of a 13-2 
Manchester victory, setting down all three batters he faced, 
including one by strikeout. 
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March 19, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wooster junior outfielder Jake Sankal (Mentor, OH/Mentor) homered three 
times in his first 10 at-bats of the spring, while also singling twice 
and doubling once for a .600 average (6-for-10) thus far. He has also 
produced seven RBI and helped the Fighting Scots to an 8-0 record last 
week. 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Wooster sophomore righthander Anthony Trapuzzano (Pittsburgh, PA/Canevin 
Catholic) threw five shutout innings and struck out nine without a walk 
in leading the Scots to a 10-0 victory over Anderson in his first start.
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