2017 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week

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May 8th
 

Brian Carney, Oberlin
(Winchester, MA/Winchester)
  

Oberlin senior outfielder Brian Carney propelled the Yeomen back into the NCAC Tournament after hitting .533 (8-for-15) last week in DH sweeps over Hiram and Wabash. Five of his eight hits on the week went for extra bases, including smashing his team-leading and program-record tying seventh homer of the season in a 4-3 win over Allegheny on May 1st. He also smacked a pair of doubles in Sunday’s 10-4 win over Wabash in the NCAC crossover series. In the four games combined on the week, he drove in six runs and totaled 15 bases for a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Nanak Saran, Wooster
(Hudson, OH/Hudson) 
 

Wooster junior right-hander Nanak Saran was lights out last week as didn’t allow an earned run in two league wins against Hiram, 5-0, and Ohio Wesleyan, 10-0. In the win over Hiram, he struck out six and allowed five hits in 6.0 innings of work, before striking out seven and allowing just three hits in an 8.0 inning complete-game shutout against the Bishops.

May 1st
 

Mikey Arman, Kenyon
(Fairfield, CT/Ludlowe) 

Kenyon junior outfielder Mikey Arman had a big week at the plate to lead the Lords to a 3-1 record, hitting .643 (9-for-14) with two homers, two doubles and one triple for a 1.357 slugging percentage. He also finished the week with six runs scored and eight RBI. In the Lords’ 14-2 NCAC cross-divisional win over Wittenberg on Sunday, Arman went 4-for-4 at the plate with a solo homer in the third and an RBI single in the sixth. Arman, who has now hit in seven-straight games, also blasted a two-run homer on Wednesday in a 20-7 win over Wilmington.

John Troll, Denison
(Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) 
 

Denison sophomore right-hander John Troll made two appearances on the mound last week, which included collecting the win in the 9-1 victory over Otterbein after striking out one and allowing just one earned run on three hits in 5.0 innings of work. He also took a no-decision in a 5-3 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday after striking out three and allowing one unearned run on just three hits in 5.0 innings of work to finish the week with a miniscule 0.90 ERA.

April 24th
 

Jake Fling, Wooster
(Norton, OH/Norton)
  

Wooster junior outfielder Jake Fling hit. 522 (12-for-23) on the week to lead the Scots to a perfect 5-0 record, which included three non-conference wins over No.. 25 Denison, 19-3, Marietta, 8-5, and John Carroll, 4-3. In the five games combined, he tallied three doubles, one triple, nine runs scored and 12 RBI for a .739 slugging percentage. He delivered the go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth of the 4-3 win over JCU, and also went 6-for-8 at the plate with six RBI in a DH sweep over Kenyon on Monday. In the second game against the Lords, he swiped four bases to become the first Scot with four stolen bases in a game since Matt Miller in 2004. He finished the week with six total stolen bases.

Sean Kiley, Oberlin
(Studio City, CA/Harvard-Westlake)  

Oberlin junior Sean Kiley set the tone for the Yeomen’s NCAC East series sweep over Kenyon last weekend in the 6-2 game one victory by striking out a career-high 13 batters and allowing just two earned runs on four hits in a 9.0 inning complete-game effort. He threw 127 pitches in the game, 88 of which were strikes. In addition, he sat down 12 Kenyon hitters in a row between the third and sixth innings.

April 17th
 

Jack Thompson, DePauw
(Carmel, IN/Carmel)
 

DePauw senior outfielder Jack Thompson hit safely in all five games last week and finished the five-game stretch with a .450 batting average (9-for-20), which included going 8-for-17 at the plate to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 record against Denison in NCAC West action over the weekend. He blasted two homers in the 13-6 win over the Big Red on Friday, and then launched another homer in a 15-5 win over DU on Saturday. In the give games combined, he scored nine times, drove in 13 runs and also added three walks for a .480 on-base percentage.

Hank Clegg, Hiram
(Toronto, OH/Toronto) 
 

Hiram freshman right-hander Hank Clegg was lights was lights out on the hill in the 6-1 victory over Oberlin on Friday as he struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just one earned run on five hits in 8.0 innings of work for his third win of the season.

April 10th
 

Mike Hammel, DePauw
(Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) 

DePauw senior Mike Hammel made his presence felt during the Tigers’ 3-1 NCAC West series sweep at Wittenberg last weekend as he combined to hit 9-for-13 (.692) in the series with seven extra-base hits for a stunning 1.923 slugging percentage. Hammel, who was limited to pitching duties in the series opener, went 3-for-5 in each of the next three games, highlighted by smacking one triple and blasting two homers in the 8-7 win on Sunday. In the three games combined at the plate, he hit four homers, two doubles and the one triple, while also scoring seven times and driving in 10.

Jarod Deagan, Allegheny
(Copley, OH/Copley)
  

Allegheny freshman right-hander Jarod Deagan had a pair of stellar starts on the mound last week for the Gators, as he went all nine innings and allowed just one run with seven K’s in the 9-1 win over Kenyon, before striking out five and allowing just four hits in 8.0 innings of shutout work that resulted in a no-decision in a 3-2 loss against Wooster on Sunday. In the 17.0 innings of work on the week, Deagan struck out 12 and allowed just one earned run on 11 hits for a miniscule 0.53 ERA.

April 3rd
 

Devin Van Winkle, Ohio Wesleyan
(Plain City, OH/Jonathan Alder) 
 

Ohio Wesleyan senior first baseman Devin Van Winkle had a monster weekend in leading the Bishops to an NCAC West split at Wittenberg. With OWU holding a 4-3 lead over the Tigers in the top of the seventh of game one, Van Winkle put the Bishops ahead for good on a two-run double to left field, ultimately culminating in a 15-5 victory for OWU. He then crushed two homers in the first and third innings of game four to help lift the Bishops to the 9-7 victory. Van Winkle, who also played in a 5-1 midweek win over JCU, combined to hit .318 (7-for-22) on the week with two doubles, three homers, five runs scored and 11 RBI, with nearly all of the stats being accumulated in the Wittenberg series.

Perley Provost, Denison
(South Bend, IN/Culver Acad.)  

Denison junior right-hander Perley Provost was the leader of the Big Red’s pitching staff last week, as he combined to strike out 15 and allow just two earned runs in 15.1 total innings of work. In the 4-0 game two victory over Wabash on Saturday, Provost struck out a season-high 10 batters, allowed just three hits and didn’t issue a walk en route to logging the 9.0 inning complete-game shutout. Opposing batters hit just .197 against him on the week.

March 27th
 

Jacob Shick, Allegheny
(Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.)
  

Allegheny senior second baseman Jacob Shick was the focal point of the Gators’ lineup that scored 99 en route to posting a 5-3 record on the final week of spring break action in Arizona. Shick had a prodigious week in the three hole for the Gators as he tallied nine doubles, 14 runs scored and 11 RBI, highlighted by a two-double and four-RBI effort in a 12-6 win over Middlebury on the final day of the trip. In the eight games combined, he hit .500 (16-for-32) and posted a .600 on-base percentage after being hit by a pitch twice and drawing six total walks.

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

Wooster senior left-hander Michael Houdek struck out a career-high 10 and tossed the third complete-game shutout of his career in the Scots’ 4-0 win over Colby in Florida on March 23rd. He improved to 3-1 on the season following the 9.0 inning complete-game performance and now sits in a tie for fourth among active pitchers in NCAA Div. III with 22 career wins. He is also the first Scot to post double-digit strikeouts in a game since Keenen White struck out 14 Oberlin batters in 2013.

March 20th
 

Michael Wielansky, Wooster
(St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins)  

Wooster sophomore shortstop Michael Wielansky was redhot at the plate in the Scots’ opening week of spring break action in Florida. In six total games on the week, he hit .524 (11-for-21) with three triples, two doubles, one homer, 13 runs scored and six RBI, while also posting a .621 on-base-percentage after being hit by a pitch four times and walking three times. Wielansky, who opened the trip by reaching base safely in 11 straight plate appearances, had a monster game in a 16-2 victory over Mt. St. Mary by going 4-for-4 at the plate with two triples, two stolen bases, four runs scored and two RBI.

Kevin Zullo, Ohio Wesleyan
(Hudson, OH/Hudson)
  

Ohio Wesleyan junior Kevin Zullo pitched just once on the Bishops’ spring break trip in Florida, but he made the most of it by tossing a 9.0 inning complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win over Nichols. Zullo, who struck out six and allowed seven hits in the win, allowed just one runner past first base in the first 7.0 innings and retired 11 consecutive batters at one stretch.

March 13th
 

Bryan Engdahl, Hiram
(Escondido, CA/San Pasqual) 

Hiram sophomore centerfielder Bryan Engdahl led the Terriers’ offense on their final week in Florida by going 18-for-35 (.517) at the plate over the eight-game stretch with five doubles, eight RBI and 10 runs scored, which included a three-RBI performance in a 13-6 win over Lakeland on March 6th. At 7-3 overall, the Terriers are off to their best start since the 2004 squad also opened the season at 7-3 overall.

Hank Clegg, Hiram
(Toronto, OH/Toronto) 
 

Hiram freshman Hank Clegg made the most of his two starts in Florida, totaling 12.1 innings of work in wins against Lakeland and Merchant Marine. He posted the team’s first complete-game performance of the season in the 6-1 win over Merchant Marine on March 11th after striking out seven and allowing just one earned run on three total hits in the 7.0 inning game. In the two games combined, he struck out 12 and allowed just three earned runs on six hits.

March 6th
 

Evan Flax, Denison
(Gaithersburg, MD/St. John’s) 

Denison senior outfielder Evan Flax paced an explosive Big Red offense that outscored Manchester, 42-4, in a three-game series sweep over the weekend in Chillicothe. In the three games combined, he hit 7-of-12 (.583) at the plate with a nine runs scored and a team-high seven RBI. In the 17-2 series opening win, Flax drove in a team-high four runs on two hits, which included a bases-clearing triple in the top of the third that gave DU a 7-2 lead at the time. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts in the series.

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

Denison junior right-hander Zach Huarte was lights out on the hill for the Big Red in their 14-1 victory over Manchester on Sunday morning. In 6.0 total innings of shutout work, he struck out seven batters, scattered just three hits and didn’t issue a walk en route to earning his first victory of the season.

February 27th
 

Tate Stewart, DePauw
(Granville, OH/Granville)
 

DePauw senior third baseman Tate Stewart helped the Tigers to a perfect 3-0 start for the first time since 2012 after hitting safely in all three games in Tennessee last weekend. In three wins over Greenville, 6-5, Mary Hardin-Baylor, 11-4, and Rhodes, 7-5, Stewart went 7-for-13 at the plate with two doubles, three RBI and seven runs scored, which included a 4-for-5 performance in the Tigers’ seven-run win over UMHB.


Michael Herrmann, Wabash
(Coatesville, IN/North Putnam)
  

Wabash senior right-hander Michael Herrmann struck out 10 batters and allowed just one unearned run on three hits in 6.0 innings of work to lead the Little Giants in a 23-2 win over Transylvania on Sunday.