2015 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week

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May 4th
  Jamie Lackner, Wooster
(Westlake, OH/Westlake)

Wooster sophomore first baseman Jamie Lackner helped guide the Fighting Scots to the 2015 NCAC Baseball Tournament after going 7-for-10 at the plate in the three-game series sweep of Wabash last weekend with three home runs and nine RBI. In five total games on the week, Lackner was 9-for-15 at the plate with three homers and one double for a 1.267 slugging percentage. He also drew seven walks and was hit by a pitch twice to compile a .750 on-base-percentage. Through the 40-game regular season schedule, Lackner currently leads all NCAA Division III hitters with 17 homeruns.
Robert Julian, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Montour)

Allegheny sophomore pitcher Robert Julianprovided the spark for the Gators in the decisive 3-0 victory over Denison on Sunday to clinch a spot in the 2015 NCAC Baseball Tournament. Julian, who retired 10-straight batters at one point between the fourth and seventh innings, struck out seven batters and allowed just three hits en route to logging his first-career complete-game shutout.
April 27th
  Devin Van Winkle, Ohio Wesleyan
(Plain City, OH/Jonathan Alder)

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore first baseman Devin Van Winkle hit .579 (11-of-19) with 5 doubles, three homers, eight runs scored and 16 RBI in six total games last week. In OWU’s 12-7 win over regional-power Marietta last Thursday, Van Winkle tied a pair of single-game program records with three home runs and eight RBI, while his 15 total bases in the game established a new program standard.

Zach Huarte, Denison
(Villa Park, CA/Servite)


Denison freshman Zach Huarte tossed nine scoreless innings last week helping the Big Red to a pair of NCAC West victories. In Tuesday’s win over Ohio Wesleyan, Huarte retired the side in order in the seventh to nail down a 5-2 DU victory over the Bishops. The save was the first of his career. In game one of the Wabash series, Huarte tossed eight innings of three-hit ball en route to his second complete-game shutout this season. The freshman threw 123 pitches, struck out three and walked just one in the extra-inning victory.

April 20th
  Dan Bonnett, Allegheny
(Penn Hills, PA/Penn Hills)

Allegheny freshman outfielder Dan Bonnett was the table-setter in the lineup last week as the Gators extended their winning streak to 10-straight with a perfect 6-0 record, which included a four-game sweep of NCAC East foe Oberlin last weekend. Bonnett played and started in all six games for the Gators and posted a .500 batting average (12-for-24) with four doubles and one triple for a .750 slugging percentage. Bonnett, who was also a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts on the week, also finished the week with 13 runs scored and six RBI, to go along with five walks and two hit batsmen for a .613 on-base percentage.

Michael Houdek, Wooster
(Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.)

Wooster sophomore Michael Houdek opened the Scots’ four-game sweep over Hiram by throwing his first-career shutout. The southpaw struck out four and allowed no runs on just five singles in the 11-0 victory to improve his record to 5-0 on the season.
April 13th
  Jacob Shick, Allegheny
(Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.)

Allegheny sophomore shortstop Jacob Shick finished a four-game sweep over Hiram with four home runs, a .500 batting average, six RBI and a 1.222 slugging percentage from the cleanup spot. The junior started the series by going 3-for-5 with a double and home run in a 5-1 win for the Gators, scoring another run in the Gators’ 7-4 win in game two. But it was Sunday in which the sophomore truly shined, batting 2-for-3 with a home run in the Gators’ 9-3 win, before launching two blasts, batting 3-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored, including the go-ahead, two-out, two-run homer that brought the Gators back from a 7-0 deficit for a 15-7, sweep-clinching win.
Jack Peck, DePauw
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)

DePauw senior left-hander Jack Peck handed Ohio Wesleyan its first NCAC West loss of the season season on Sunday by a 2-1 margin after striking out six and allowing just one earned run on five hits in a 7.0 inning complete-game performance.
April 6th
  Aaron Caputo, Ohio Wesleyan
(Strongsville, OH/Strongsville)

Ohio Wesleyan junior catcher Aaron Caputo had a record-setting week in leading the Bishops to a perfect 5-0 record. He opened the week by tying the program record for doubles in a game after cracking three in a 23-3  win over Wabash on Monday, before eclipsing the school record for hits in a game after going 6-for-7 at the plate with four runs scored and three RBI in OWU’s 22-7 win over No. 6 Heidelberg on Wednesday. In five total games on the week, Caputo hit .682 (15-of-22) with nine doubles, 11 runs scored and nine RBI for a 1.091 slugging percentage.
Nate Weiss, Hiram
(Warren, MI/University Liggett)

Hiram senior Nate Weiss was nearly perfect for the Terries in an 8-0 win over Oberlin on Saturday. He completed the complete-game shutout by striking out nine and allowing just one hit and issuing just one walk in the 7.0 inning contest. Weiss is now 2-2 on the season with a team-leading 22 strikeouts.
March 30th
  Jamie Lackner, Wooster
(Westlake, OH/Westlake)

Wooster sophomore first baseman Jamie Lackner singled and came around to score the game-winning run in the eighth inning in a 3-2 win over Allegheny on Sunday in Butler, Pennsylvania, but his week was jump started with a three homer performance in a 16-4 non-conference win over Muskingum on Wednesday. He became the first Scot hitter to hit three homers in a game since Matt Groezinger accomplished the feat on May 1, 2010, against Denison in the NCAC Tournament. In three games on the week, Lackner hit .538 (7-for-13) with the three homers, four runs scored and six RBI for a 1.231 slugging percentage.
Charles Cooper, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Charles Cooper fired a four-hit shutout performance in the Bishops’ 1-0 victory over Wabash on Sunday. He struck out five and only allowed one runner past second base in the 7.0 inning contest. He also worked 1.0 inning of relief in OWU’s 8-4 victory over No. 15 Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, helping to preserve the win by striking out three Yellow Jacket hitters in the eighth inning.
March 23rd
  Georgie Montes, Denison
(Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Perkiomen, PA)

Denison senior Georgie Montes hit .577 (15-of-26) with four doubles, a triple and a home run in seven games in Florida last week. He also finished the week with a .923 slugging percentage and a .633 on-base percentage, to go along with 14 runs scored and six RBI. He was a triple shy of the cycle in a 10-3 win over UMASS-Boston on March 20th and a homer shy of the cycle the very next day in a 14-0 win over Lancaster Bible.
Sean Kiley, Oberlin
(Studio City, CA/Harvard Westlake)

Oberlin freshman right-hander Sean Kiley made an immediate impact in the Yeomen’s rotation last week, earning a pair of wins over Wilmington and Gustavus Adolphus. He struck out five and allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a complete-game win over Gustavus in Arizona on March 22nd, while also adding four strike outs in a 5-2 win over Wilmington in Ohio on March 17th. In 13.0 total innings on the week, Kiley struck out nine, allowed two earned runs and scattered 10 hits for a miniscule 1.38 ERA.
March 16th
  Clint Scarborough, Wabash
(Salido, TX/Salido)

Wabash senior outfielder Clint Scarboroughwas a force in the Little Giants’ lineup through the first nine games of the season in Florida last week. Scarborough, who collected nine total extra-base hits on the week, saved his most important hit for the bottom of the 11th inning against 16th-ranked Marietta as he blasted a walk-off grand slam over the left field wall to propel the Little Giants to a 15-13 victory. In nine games on the week, Scarborough hit 10-for-35 at the plate with seven doubles and two home runs for a .657 slugging percentage. He also scored five runs and added eight RBI.
Michael Whitaker, Wooster
(Alliance, OH/Alliance)

Wooster sophomore Michael Whitaker solidified the back end of the Fighting Scots’ bullpen during their first six games in Florida as he picked up a pair of wins in relief against Dominican, 6-4, and North Park, 6-4. In four total appearances on the week, Whitaker struck out three and allowed just two earned runs on four hits in 6.0 innings of work for a 3.00 ERA. He also limited opposing hitters to a .182 batting average.
March 9th
 
Jake Dunn, Kenyon
(Fairfield, CT/St. Georges)

Kenyon center fielder Jake Dunn was red hot during the Lords’ recent nine-game stretch in Fort Pierce, Florida. Dunn went 15-for-29 (.517) at the plate and was also issued six free passes and hit twice to accumulate an impressive .622 on-base-percentage. In total, Dunn finished the week with three doubles, two triples, five stolen bases, six runs scored, five RBI and a .759 slugging percentage.

Paul Henshaw, Kenyon
(Briarcliff Manor, NY/Briarcliff)

Kenyon junior Paul Henshaw fired a no-hitter in the Lords’ 7-0 victory over Westminster on Sunday, March 8. He nearly tossed a perfect game in the victory as he struck out nine and allowed just one base runner on an error in the sixth inning. Prior to the no-hitter, he tossed a little over 6.0 innings of work to earn the victory in an 8-3 win over Wilkes on March 2nd. In 13.1 innings on the week, Henshaw allowed just three earned runs, struck out 13 and yielded just one walk, while holding opposing hitters to a miniscule .146 batting average.