2009 NCAC Baseball Players Of The Week

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May 4
  Wooster sophomore right-hander Justin McDowell (Willard, OH/Willard) picked up wins in three of the Fighting Scots' four games. He went the first five innings in a 31-5 win over Mount Union, allowing one earned run. He also started game two of the NCAC tournament semis and limited Wabash to one hit over five scoreless innings in a 20-1 victory. He came back in a relief role for the third and deciding game, entering the top of the fourth and totaling 5.2 innings. Wooster won the game, 6-4. For the week, he worked 15.2 innings, yielded two earned runs (1.15 earned-run average) on 11 hits, with four walks and 11 strikeouts.     Kenyon senior Jake Calcei (Mantua, OH/Aurora) went 12-for-21 (.571) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI, eight runs and stole four bases in four attempts. His on-base percentage was .640 in the Lords' five games last week. The triple was the 22nd of his career, best all-time at Kenyon and seventh-best in NCAA III history. He also became the Lords' all-time leader in at-bats (512) and the single-season record holder in hits (71) and total bases (106). Kenyon opened the week with a pair of non-divisional losses to Wittenberg, 8-2 and 21-9, before taking two of three games from Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC tournament first round.
April 27
  Ohio Wesleyan junior right-hander Matthew Struble (Defiance, OH/Edon) pitched 6.0 innings to pick up the win in the West Divison No. 1 seed-clinching victory over Wittenberg. He allowed seven hits, struck out one and walked one as the Battling Bishops defeated the Tigers, 8-2, to claim the top seed in the West Division for the upcoming NCAC Tournament .     Wabash senior outfielder Jake Thomas (Evanston, IL/Evanston) hit 19-for-28 (.679) leading the Little Giants to a 6-2 week. Thomas hit five doubles and posted 13 RBI, walked once and did not strike out as Wabash tied for first in the West Division and earned its first ever NCAC tournament berth. He was also perfect in the field with 10 putouts.
April 20
  Lefthander Jack Dunn (Lake Havasu, AZ/Lake Havasu) of Oberlin went 2-0 with an 1.42 earned-run average. He totaled 12.2 innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out 11. He pitched a complete game with one run and eight strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Case, then two days later, threw 5.2 innings, allowed five hits and one earned run to defeat Hiram.     Wooster senior centerfielder Sean Karpen (Venetia, PA/Peters Twp.) batted .615 (8-for-13) with seven runs, two home runs and four RBI during three Fighting Scot wins. In a 15-5 defeat of Case at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland, Karpen had a career-high five-hit day (5-for-6), including a homer over the 19-foot high fence in left field. That also happened to be the 200th hit of his career. Karpen is the 11th Wooster player to reach that milestone. In a doubleheader sweep of Penn State Behrend, he went 3-for-7 with another home run and a steal with two RBI.
 
April 13
  Allegheny junior right-hander Mike Pereslucha (Pittsburgh, PA/Kiski) went the distance in a 5-4 Allegheny divisional victory over Oberlin. He allowed two hits and one earned run and held the Yeomen batters to a .095 batting average. Pereslucha walked five and struck out eight.     Kenyon senior Will Smith (New York, NY/Collegiate) went 7-for-11 (.636) with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. He also coaxed three walks and posted a .733 on-base percentage to lead the Lords to a 3-1 NCAC East Division series victory over Wooster. The wins were Kenyon's first over the Fighting Scots since 2003 and marked the first series win for Kenyon over Wooster since the conference began play in 1985 (and the first ever series loss for Wooster since the four-game regular season format debuted in 2003).
April 6
  Ohio Wesleyan freshman left-hander Mason Farr (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) allowed an unearned run in the first inning then scattered four hits and struck out eight in a 12-1 victory over Earlham. He didn't walk a single batter in his six innings of work. He also worked 2.0 scoreless innings in a 6-5 loss at Heidelberg, striking out three and walking none, but did not earn a decision.     Kenyon senior Jake Calcei (Mantua, OH/Aurora) was 10-for-14 (.714) with six runs scored and four RBI to lead the Lords to a four-game sweep over Oberlin in NCAC divisional play. Included on his hit list were three doubles, a triple, and a home run. He walked twice, had a .750 on-base percentage, and also swiped two bases. His triple was the 20th of his career, a total that ranks first at Kenyon and is tied for 11th in NCAA Division III history.
Mar. 30
  Wooster senior right-hander Mark Miller (Convoy, OH/Crestview), making just his third career start, tossed a no-hitter to complete the Oberlin series, the first by a Wooster pitcher since Jon Oliver on March 24, 2006, also coming against the Yeomen. Miller yielded just two base runners – a walk in the third inning and an error in the fourth – while also striking out a career-high 11. He has pitched shutouts in two of his three career starts. The Fighting Scots won 12-0.     Wabash senior Matt Dodaro (St. John, IN/Lake Central) hit two homers, giving him 21 career dingers and moving him into a tie for the school's all-time record. He was 6-for-11 (.545) on the week, as the Little Giants went 1-1 in NCAC play and 1-3 overall. He added a pair of doubles and five RBI to his home runs and scored the winning run against Wittenberg in the eighth inning of the series-opener to hand Wabash an 8-7 victory. He had a 1.273 slugging percentage (14 total bases in 11 at-bats) and a .688 on-base percentage and was 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts. He had 11 assists and seven putouts without an error in the field. He also took over Wabash's all-time record for total bases (270) and is three hits shy of owning that career mark. Dodaro is also tied for third in career doubles with 35, six away from the top spot. Wabash also fell to Wittenberg, 2-1, and to Kenyon in non-conference play, 7-2 and 7-4.
Mar. 23
 

Denison junior Aidan Lucas (Evanston, IL/Evanston Twp.) was 5-for-5 in save opportunities, including two pressure-packed saves against defending national champion Trinity (CT). In 5.1 innings, he struck out nine and posted a 3.38 earned-run average. Lucas also hit .361 (13-for-36) in 11 starts at designated hitter. He scored eight runs, drove in 14 RBI, smashed a pair of home runs and walked seven times for a .467 on-base percentage.

    Wooster junior shortstop Matthew Johnson (Orrville, OH/Orrville) had six multi-hit games out of seven, while batting .538 (14-for-26) with 10 runs, two doubles and four RBI. The Fighting Scots went 6-1 to up their record to 15-3 in 2009. They opened conference play by sweeping with Allegheny.
Mar. 16
  Earlham senior right-hander Randy Kerns (West Manchester, OH/National Trail) threw a complete-game two-hitter against Mitchell, lifting the Quakers to a 3-0 victory. He gave up a single to the second batter of the game then retired 14 of the next 15 before a runner reached base in the sixth. Kerns finished the week with two total appearances, 9.0 innings pitched, a 0.00 earned-run average, three hits and 11 strikeouts.     In the conference-opening series with Hiram, Kenyon senior Jake Calcei (Aurora, OH/Mantua) hit 11-for-16 (.688) with 10 runs batted in, five runs scored, and two stolen bases. In the final game of the series, Calcei went 4-for-4 with seven RBI, a double and a triple. The Lords swept Hiram, winning 15-7, 7-2, 7-5 and 11-0, to take the early lead in the conference standings.