2014 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week

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May 5th  
Connor Einertson, DePauw
(Ballwin, MO/Westminster Christian)

DePauw sophomore first baseman Connor Einertson erupted at the plate in the final week of the regular season to help the Tigers qualify for the 2014 NCAC Baseball Tournament. In five games on the week, Einertson hit .667 (12-for-18) with four homers and one double for a 1.389 slugging percentage. He also drove in 14 runs, scored seven times and drew four walks. In DPU’s decisive 13-6 win over Oberlin in game two of the NCAC cross-over series on Saturday, Einertson went 3-for-5 at the plate with two homers and five RBI.

Eric Brandt, Allegheny
(Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Prep)


Allegheny senior Eric Brandt lifted the Gators into the 2014 NCAC Baseball Tournament after throwing 3.2 innings of scoreless ball to earn the save in the 6-5 win over Wabash in game three of the NCAC cross-over series on Sunday. Brandt took the mound with one out in the sixth inning with the tying run on first and four runs already across the plate for the Little Giants. Over the next 3.2 innings, Brandt allowed just two hits and struck out three batters, including the final hitter of the game to send the Gators to the NCAC Tournament.

April 28th  
Zach Starr, DePauw
(Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern)

DePauw senior designated hitter Zach Starr played a key role in leading the Tigers to a 4-2 record in NCAC West action last week. In seven games combined, Starr hit .500 (10-of-20) with five doubles, one triple and one home run for a 1.000 slugging percentage. Starr, who went 5-or-5 in a 12-7 win over Wittenberg on Saturday, also added five runs scored, three stolen bases and nine RBI on the week.
Wyatt Spector, DePauw
(Barrington, IL/Lake Zurich)

DePauw sophomore Wyatt Spector pitched 6.0 innings and allowed one run in a 3-1 victory over Denison on Wednesday, before tossing a complete-game in DPU’s 9-2 win over Wittenberg on Sunday. On the week, Spector worked 13.0 innings, struck out six and gave up just three earned runs for a 2.04 ERA.
April 21st  
Jaren Bell, Hiram
(Rochester, NY/Brighton)

Hiram junior outfielder Jaren Bell feasted off of non-conference pitching last week as he hit .714 (10-of-14) with one home run, seven runs scored and four RBI. The Terriers swept D’Youville, 14-0 & 18-2, on Thursday, before knocking off Medaille, 11-2, on Friday.
Steve Hagen, Wooster
(Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.)

Wooster senior Steve Hagen threw the second complete-game shutout of his career in the Scots’ 10-0 win over Oberlin on Friday. In 7.0 total innings of work, Hagen struck out six, issued two walks and scattered just seven hits to limit the opposition to a .269 batting average.
April 14th  
Tyler Owensby, Wabash
(Brownsburg, IN/Brownsburg)

Wabash junior outfielder Tyler Owensby collected 12 RBI in six games for the Little Giants last week. In 26 at-bats on the week, Owensby smacked 12 hits, which included three doubles and his first home run of the season in the 5-4 win over DePauw on Sunday. He also went 3-for-5 with four RBI in a wild 16-13 non-conference win over Anderson on Wednesday.
Kyle Colgain, Denison
(Bethesda, MD/Landon)

Denison junior right-hander Kyle Colgain picked up his third win of the season in the Big Red’s 5-1 NCAC West win over Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday. Colgain set six batters down on strikes and allowed just one earned run on six hits in the 7.0 inning complete-game effort.
April 7th  
Mike Pezzone, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair)

Allegheny senior outfielder Mike Pezzone finished the Gators’ five-game schedule last week with a .529 batting average (9-of-17), which included four doubles, one triple, four RBI and six runs scored. He also tallied one walk and was hit by a pitch twice to log a .600 on-base percentage. The Gators opened the week with a 7-5 non-conference win over Thiel, before taking three-of-four against Hiram to open NCAC East Division play over the weekend.

JT Miller, Wabash
(Wildwood, MO/Lafayette)

Wabash senior left-hander JT Miller  picked up his second complete-game victory of the season in a 3-1 victory over Wooster on Saturday. He held the Fighting Scots to one run on six hits and struck out a season-high 10 batters in 9.0 innings of work.
March 31st  

Jeff Schweighoffer, Oberlin
(Farmington, CT/Farmington)

Oberlin junior third baseman Jeff Schweighoffer bolstered the Yeomen’s lineup in their final six games in Tucson, Arizona, last week. He went 17-of-22 at the plate with three doubles, one triple, eight runs scored and 11 RBI to lead the Yeomen to victories over Hamline, 11-2, Lewis & Clark, 4-3, Carleton, 11-8, and Williams, 19-11. In addition to his remarkable week, Schweighoffer has now hit safely in the Yeomen’s first 12 games of the 2014 season.

 

Ross Hendrickson, Wabash
(Brownsburg, IN/Cardinal Ritter)

Wabash senior Ross Hendrickson pitched 8.0 innings to earn the win in the Little Giants’ 14-4 victory over Wittenberg on Sunday. Hendrickson, who continues his impressive comeback from “Tommy John” surgery, struck out nine Wittenberg hitters in the game and allowed four earned runs on four hits. After setting the final Tiger down on strikes in the bottom of the second inning, he retired the next 15 batters in order to help Wabash cruise to the NCAC West Division win.

 

March 24th
Eddie Reese, Wooster
(Canfield, OH/Cardinal Mooney)

Wooster senior outfielder Eddie Reese erupted at the plate last week to lead the Fighting Scots to a 4-1 record on their final week in Florida. He hit 10-of-22 at the plate (.455) with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, 14 RBI and seven runs scored. He drove in multiple runs in all five games and recorded his second four-hit game of the season by going 4-for-6 at the plate with three RBI in a 21-10 win over Wis.-Platteville on March 17.
Mike McDonald, Oberlin
(Weston, CT/Weston)

Oberlin senior Mike McDonald was dominant on the hill for the Yeomen in the first week of the season. On Tuesday, he tossed a complete-game three-hitter in a 1-0 loss in which he fanned seven Ohio Northern hitters. He then struck out the side in the seventh inning of the Yeomen’s 10-8 win over Wis.-Superior on March 22nd to earn the save and earned the win the next day against Middlebury after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings in the 12- 6 win. On the week, he allowed just one earned run and struck out 13 batters in 13.0 innings of work.
March 17th
Sean Vollenweider, Ohio Wesleyan
(Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Sean Vollenweider was extremely active at the top of the order to help guide the Bishops to a 3-3 record in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vollenweider collected a .370 batting average on the week after collecting 10 hits in 27 at-bats to go along with eight RBI and seven runs scored. He also drew one walk, was hit by a pitch once and finished the week by going 6-of-7 in stolen base attempts.

Kyle Davis, Allegheny
(Solebury, PA/New Hope-Solebury)

Allegheny senior pitcher Kyle Davis set a new career-high with 11 strikeouts in a 7-1 complete-game win over Gallaudet on March 17th in Florida. After allowing an unearned run in the first inning, Davis only allowed four hits over his final 6.0 innings of work, including striking out the final two batters of the game to pick up his first win of the season.

March 10th

Jake Dunn, Kenyon
(Fairfield, CT/Saint George’s)

Kenyon junior centerfielder and leadoff hitter Jake Dunn set the tone for the Lords’ lineup during its first week of spring break action in Florida. In eight games last week, Dunn led the team with a .469 batting average (15-of-32) to go along with four doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored. He also walked twice and was hit three times for a .541 on-base percentage. Once on base, he was also a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

Josh Jacobvitz, Kenyon
(New York, NY/Dalton)

In a 4-3 win over Ohio Northern, Kenyon junior Josh Jacobvitz threw 128 pitches in 9.0 innings and gave up just two earned runs to earn the complete-game win. He also collected five strikeouts and coaxed 14 ground ball outs in windy conditions in southern Florida. Jacobvitz also made a relief appearance against St. John’s where he struck out two in 1.2 innings of work.
March 3rd
Eric Weyant, Allegheny
(Export Area, PA/Kiski)

Allegheny junior shortstop Eric Weyant guided the Gators to a 2-1 record last weekend in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In three games from the leadoff position in the order, Weyant went 7-of-13 at the plater (.538), with two doubles, four runs scored, two stolen bases and three RBI. He also drew three walks and hit batsmen to post a .647 on-base percentage for the weekend.
Luke Holm, Wabash
(Naperville, IL/Naperville Central)

Wabash senior right-hander Luke Holm earned a combined shutout and his first victory of the season in the Little Giants’ 2-0 win at Spalding on Saturday. He pitched 6.0 innings, scattering five hits while striking out a personal-best eight batters and not allowing a walk.