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2008 NCAC Baseball Players Of The Week

May 5, 2008

Ohio Wesleyan senior outfielder Joey McDaniel (Dublin, OH/Scioto) finished 
the week hitting 9 for 22 (.409) with seven runs scored, and three RBI to 
lead the Battling Bishops. In a first-game loss in the NCAC Tournament 
first-round series with Wooster, McDaniel ripped a two-run single in a 
three-run second inning to give the Battling Bishops an early 4-3 lead, 
but OWU eventually lost, 14-7. In game two, a 6-3 Bishop victory, McDaniel 
scored twice and pitched 2.1 innings of hitless relief to earn a save and 
force a third game. He also started game three on the mound, working three 
innings, and contributed two runs scored as Ohio Wesleyan claimed a 14-6 
decision and won the series.

Denison senior James Clear (Hamilton, OH/Badin) allowed one earned run in 
a complete game victory in game one of the first round NCAC Tournament 
series against Kenyon. He struck out six, give up eight hits and claimed 
his 15th career victory, fifth best all time at DU. Denison took game one, 
15-3, then clinched the series with a 6-5 decision in game two.
April 28, 2008

Hiram junior outfielder Craig Dobos (Warren, OH/Howland) hit .423 on 
10-for-23 batting with three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and three 
walks as the Terriers went 2-2 in NCAC play, splitting wqith both Allegheny 
and Wooster.   

Wooster sophomore right-hander Matt Barnes (Pittsburgh, PA/Langley) gave 
up one run on six hits and one walk while striking out 13 over nine 
innings in two appearances. In a 6-1 win over Case at Progressive Field, 
the home of the Cleveland Indians, he gave up a first-inning home run, 
then sent down 16 of the next 17 batters, twice striking out the side and 
finishing with a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings. 
April 21, 2008

Allegheny junior Zach Skovwron (Georgetown, PA/South Side Beaver) went 10-f
or-20 with a homer and nine runs batted in to lead the Gators to a 6-1 week 
that included a 4-0 record in NCAC play. He scored six runs and had a 
double, a triple and six walks. The Gators split with Westminster, falling 
4-3, then winning 6-4. They defeated Clarion at PNC Park, the home of the 
Pittsburgh Pirates, and then swept all four games against Oberlin, 6-1, 
3-1, 6-4 and 8-5, in the Gators' home opener.  

Wittenberg junior Tim Antil (Brookville, OH/Northmont) downed Wabash with 
a complete-game 5-0 shutout, allowing three hits, one walk and striking 
out four in his only appearance on the week. 
April 14, 2008

Denison sophomore first baseman Park Smith (Warren, NJ/Pingry School) went 
13-for-16 (.813) with three doubles and three runs scored as the Big Red 
went 2-2 last week in non-conference action. He also drove in eight of the 
team's 15 RBI. Denison opened the week with an 8-3 win over Otterbein 
before falling to Heidelberg at Great America Ballpark in Cincinnati. 
The Big Red then split a home-and-home series with Wooster, winning the 
opener, 6-3, and dropping the nightcap, 4-3. Smith lifted his average 
from .338 to .425 and he leads Denison in batting (.425), doubles (9), 
RBI (21), slugging percentage (.563) and on-base percentage (.474).  

Kenyon sophomore Dan White (Washington, DC./Sidwell Friends) picked up a 
game-two victory, as the Lords split a non-conference doubleheader with 
Earlham. He allowed three runs on three hits and three walks over seven 
innings of work in a 4-3 win in game two. White struck out four and 
improved to 3-2 on the season. Kenyon dropped the first game of the 
doubleheader, 13-11.
April 7, 2008

Ohio Wesleyan senior Joey McDaniel (Dublin, OH/Scioto) was 7-for-15 (.467) 
over five games last week with five RBI from the leadoff position. He 
slammed four doubles and scored six runs, including the game-winner in the 
fourth game against Earlham, a 2-0 victory. He also walked four times for 
an on-base percentage of .579. In the third game against the Quakers, a 
6-0 win, he took to the mound, firing a five-hit shutout and also had two 
hits and scored a run to support his own cause. The Battling Bishops also 
defeated Earlham, 13-0 and 4-2, and fell to Heidelberg, 11-10.   

Oberlin sphomore Jack Dunn (Lake Havasu, AZ/Lake Havasu) tossed a complete 
game, fanning six and scattering seven hits, to lead the Yeomen to a 4-2 
win over nationally ranked Wooste. The win was Oberlin's first over the 
Fighting Scots since 1986 - a run of 71 games. Dunn threw a total of 117 
pitches, with 68 strikes. He allowed two runs and walked two. He also led 
the Yeomen to a 5-3 win over Hiram for a 2-0 week and lifted his season 
record to 4-2. Against the Terriers, he struck out five batters and 
allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of work.
March 31, 2008

Denison sophomore first baseman Park Smith (Warren, NJ/The Pingry School) 
went 7-for-15 (.467) in the Big Red's 5-2 week, with a double, a walk, a 
stolen base and three runs scored. He raised his season average to .345 
as Denison completed a four-game sweep of Wittenberg, 4-3, 8-0, and took 
two of four games from Ohio Wesleyan, 4-3 (10) and 2-1. The Big Red 
defeated Muskingum, 8-4, and also fell to Ohio Wesleyan, 4-0 and 13-1. 

Wabash sophomore right-hander Keegan Leckrone (Park Forest, IL/Rich East) 
helped the Little Giants to a 3-2 week. He rebounded from his loss as a 
starter in an 8-0 defeat by Illinois Wesleyan to pick up two wins in 
relief against Case. The Little Giants opened their four-game series 
against the Spartans with a 3-2 win and also won game three, 8-6. Leckrone 
worked five innings without surrendering a hit, walked two and struck out 
eight. He improved to 4-1 on the season with a 1.88 ERA.  For the week, 
he was 2-1 in three appearances, with two hitless appearances, nine 
strikeouts and four walks in a combined seven innings pitched. He allowed 
four runs (two earned).
March 24, 2008

Wabash senior Shaun Rico (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) had a breakout weekend 
to lead the Little Giants to their first  NCAC series victory over Ohio 
Wesleyan since 2000, when Wabash began conference play. Rico hit three 
homers, drove in eight runs and hit .308 over the four-game series. His 
three-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh gave Wabash their 
3-2, game-two victory. In the third game, he hit a two-run homer that 
delivered a 9-6 win. Wabash also won the series opener, 5-1. Rico finished 
with a 1000.00 slugging percentage and his three homers equaled his career-
season high (three as a sophomore). He doubled his career home run total 
with his five this season and his eight RBI against OWU were over half as 
many as his season total last spring (14). 

Oberlin  sophomore left-hander Jack Dunn (Lake Havasu City,  AZ/Lake 
Havasu) struck out a career-high 13 batters, including seven straight 
from the third inning through the first out of the fifth, to lead the 
Yeomen to a 9-2 victory over Lawrence. He scattered four hits and allowed 
one run.
March 17, 2008

Wooster junior first baseman Sean Karpen (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) led 
the Fighting Scots to an 8-1 week last week in Florida. He hit above .500 
(.536; 15-for-28) in the nine game with 13 runs scored, three doubles, one 
triple, one homer, 10 RBI, and seven stolen bases. He’s the team leader 
in batting average, runs scored, and stolen bases, and is third in RBI 
thus far. The Scots are 9-1 overall. 

Wooster sophomore right-hander Mark Miller (Convoy, OH/Crestview) notched 
five saves in as many appearances last week. The closer worked 7.1 
scoreless innings overall, giving up just four hits and striking out six 
without a walk. Miller’s five saves already are tied for the fifth-most 
in a single season in school history and he’s up to 13 for his career, 
just three shy of the Wooster record.