April 9, 2013

Baseball Players of the Week - April 9, 2013

Division I

Player of the Week

Patrick Puentes—Holy Cross

Senior, Outfield, East Greenbush, NY

Puentes put on a show in Holy Cross’ doubleheader sweep of Lafayette on Sunday, going 7-for-8 with five runs scored, three home runs and nine RBIs in victories of 11-5 and 23-4. After a 2-for-3 effort with a home run and three RBIs in the opener, Puentes capped the series by going 5-for-5 with two home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored in the 23-4 triumph. He also went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI as the Crusaders posted a 3-0 win in the series opener on Saturday. Puentes batted .455 (10-for-22) for the week with three home runs, 11 RBIs, seven runs scored, two doubles and a triple. Puentes leads the Patriot League with six home runs for the season, three ahead of any other player. He has hit four of those round-trippers in Patriot League play to help Holy Cross get off to a 6-2 start in League action. Puentes is named Player of the Week for the first time this season and second in his career.

Pitcher of the Week

Chris Rowley—Army

Senior, RHP, Duluth, Ga.


Rowley pitched Army to a 1-0 win in the series opener against Lehigh on Saturday by going all seven innings and allowing six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. It was his first complete game and first shutout of the season. He helped Army stay even in a scoreless game through five innings, then pitched the final two frames after the Black Knights took the lead in the top of the sixth. Rowley is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the first time this year and sixth in his career.


Division II


Player of the Week 


Nick Delgado—Dominican

Freshman, Outfield, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Hit .515 in nine games with 17 hits in 33 at-bats. He recorded four doubles and three RBIs and had a .543 on-base percentage and a.636 slugging percentage.

Pitcher of the Week


Richard Leachy—Dominican

Junior, RHP, Brookfield, Wis.


Posted a 2-0 record for the week with one complete game victory. Pitched 10 innings, allowing one run on 10 hits and two strikeouts. Picked up the win against Post University and through a complete game against Mercy while posting a 0.90 ERA for the week.


Division III – New England


Player of the Week

John Sullivan—Anna Maria College

Junior, Catcher, Southbury, Conn.


Sullivan had a monster week for the AMCATS. He batted .600 (12-for-20) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 5 runs scored and 10 RBI’s. He had 5 multi-hit games, a slugging percentage of 1.100 and a .600 on base percentage. He helped backbone a starting rotation that produce a 3.19 ERA over seven games and led the AMCATS to a 6-1 week including an outstanding 5-1 GNAC record. In a sweep vs. Rivier University, Sullivan was 5-for-6 with 3 RBI and two doubles. In the 5-1 win over #21 Saint Joseph’s College (ME) the junior went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. In a 12-11 slugfest vs. Albertus Magnus, the catcher delivered 4 RBI’s with a triple and two doubles.

Pitcher of the Week

Trevor Breton—Western New England University

Sophomore, RHP, Enfield, Conn.


Breton tossed the Golden Bears’ first no-hitter in eight years in a 7-0 victory over CCC rival Nichols.  Breton faced one batter over the minimum, walked two and struck out nine.  Earlier in the week, Breton did not factor in the decision in WNE’s 3-2, nine-inning victory over Suffolk, which entered the game with a 13-2 record.  Breton held the Rams, a team which has garnered votes in the most recent editions of two different Division III national polls, to two runs on four hits in four innings of work.  In two starts last week, Breton was 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings pitched.  He allowed two earned runs on four hits and seven walks, while striking out seven.


Division III – Upstate 


Player of the Week


Vincent Esposito—Union College

Junior, Outfield/Designated Hitter, Rockaway, NY


Esposito led all hitters with 10 hits in 16 at bats with a .636 average in a four-game series against Rochester. Esposito hit four doubles, scored four runs, drew one walk and stole one base in the 4-game series sweep. His performance aided the Dutchmen to a 7-1 start in Liberty League play and 10-4 overall.



Pitcher of the Week


Chris Pyz—SUNY New Paltz

Junior, RHP, Kings Park, NY

New Paltz junior pitcher Chris Pyz held SUNY Oswego to one run, as the Hawks topped the Lakers, 2-1, on April 5. New Paltz went 3-1 during the course of the week. Pyz, who earned the win by throwing a complete game in nine innings of work, scattered four hits while allowing one earned run. He also struck out seven, which served as his single-game career high. For the season, Pyz is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

Division III – Metro


Player of the Week

Andrew Rivera—New Jersey City University

Senior, Outfielder, Edison, NJ

Rivera becomes the second different Gothic Knight to earn NJAC Player of the Week honors after hitting .565 (13-for-23) with a double, three walks, two stolen bases, eight RBI, and five runs scored in a 4-2 week of play for NJCU. He produced multiple hits in five-of-the-six games, including a 3-for-4 performance with a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored in a 9-2 non-conference win over FDU-Florham. He wrapped up the week by going a combined 5-for-8 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases, two RBI, and one run scored in a 2-3 and 8-3 NJAC doubleheader split with Rutgers-Newark. Rivera currently ranks third in the NJAC in RBI (23).

Pitcher of the Week

Robert Graber—The College of New Jersey

Senior, LHP,  Franklin Lakes, NJ

Graber earns NJAC Pitcher of the Week honors after leading the Lions to a 9-0 NJAC victory over Rutgers-Newark. He surrendered just four hits and no walks during a complete-game shutout victory which included six strikeouts. He only allowed one Scarlet Raider runner to reach third base in the 82-pitch complete-game effort. Graber currently ranks 14th in the NJAC in innings pitched (36.1).

Division III – South


Player of the Week

Ronny Peirish—Washington & Jefferson College

Junior, Catcher, Wexford, Pa


Peirish knocked in the game-winning run with a double to complete W&J’s wild comeback victory over third-ranked and defending national champion Marietta on Sunday afternoon at Ross Memorial Park. He posted career highs with five hits (three doubles) and four RBI against the Pioneers. During six games last week, Peirish batted .556 (10-18) with nine RBI and eight runs scored.

Pitcher of the Week

No Qualified Candidates