March 25, 2014

Corvias ECAC Baseball Players of the Week (for week ending March 23, 2014)

Division I New England

Player of the Week

John Mullen – Bryant University
Junior, Infield, Walpole, Mass.

Mullen mashed opposing pitching to spearhead Bryant’s 4-1 week, which included a 3-1 series victory over CAA member Delaware.  The third baseman batted .632 (12-for-19) with a double, two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored. The 205-pounder also stole two bases. Raising his season average from .196 to .323, he had at least two hits in each of the five games. Showing great discipline at the plate, Bryant’s No. 2 hitter posted a 1.696 OPS (on-base plus slugging) and did not strike out at all in 23 plate appearances. Mullen blasted a solo homer as part of a 2-for-4 day in a 3-0 mid-week win over Northeastern. Continuing to victimize CAA pitching, Mullen went 10-for-15 (.667) at the plate in a four-game series against Delaware. His career day, which included a double and a dinger,  powered the Bulldogs to a 10-9 win over UD in Game 3 of the series. He reached base safely five times, including a career-high four hits, and scored two runs.

Pitcher of the Week

Kody Kerski – Sacred Heart University
Senior, Waterbury, Conn.

Kerski continued his early-season dominance; this time he victimized against one of the Ivy League’s top lineups. The right-handed hurler silenced Cornell to set the tone for an eventual four-game series sweep for Sacred Heart. Kerski threw a 9-inning complete-game shutout against a team that had scored at least two runs or more in each of the season’s first 10 games. Looking everything like a No. 1 starter, he allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out nine over 9.0 innings of work. All four of Cornell’s hits were singles and the Big Red did not advance a runner past second base all game. On the way to lowering his ERA to a miniscule 0.33 mark, Kerski fanned five of the first six Cornell batters to face him. Kerski, who has won the NEC Pitcher of the Week honor twice this season, has allowed only one earned run over the first 27.1 innings of his senior year.

Division I Metro-Upstate

Player of the Week

Tyler Boyd – Seton Hall University
Junior, Designated Hitter, Succasunna, NJ

Boyd was a facilitator at the plate for the Pirates, who went 3-1 with a weekend sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson. He opened the week 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI against St. Peter’s before opening the FDU series with another 2-for-4 showing with a double and run scored in a 3-1 win. With Seton Hall trailing 5-3 in Saturday’s second game, Boyd crushed a three-run home run to put the Pirates ahead in an eventual 10-5 win. He finished the day 3-for-5 with a steal, a double and three RBIs. On Sunday, Boyd had another RBI, a double and a walk to finish the week hitting .500 (8-for-16).

Pitcher of the Week

Frankie Vanderka – Stony Brook University
Senior, Levittown, NY

Vanderka threw his third career no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Albany in game one of the series. He did not allow a hit, walked two batters and hit one as he faced just two over the minimum. He struck out a season-high 10 batters and held Albany to 0-for-4 with runners on base.

Division I South

Player of the Week

Michael Katz – College of William & Mary
Junior, First Base/Outfield, Falls Church, Va.

Katz batted .750 (9-12) with two doubles, three homers, nine runs scored and 12 RBI’s in William & Mary’s 2-1 week. The junior was 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI’s in a 16-4 win over UMass Lowell on Friday and followed by going 3-for-3 with a double, homer and five RBI’s in a 16-4 triumph over Brown on Saturday. For the season, Katz is batting .408 and leads the league in homers (12), runs (34), RBI’s (47) and slugging percentage (.857). He also received National Player of the Week accolades from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Jake Stinnett – University of Maryland
Senior, Vista, Calif.

Stinnett struck out a career-high 14 batters in 8.0 innings to lead Maryland to a 10-0 victory on Friday night against No. 11 NC State, the most strikeouts by a Terrapin pitcher since 2008. The Vista, Calif., native held the Wolfpack to four hits, struck out nine of the first 17 batters faced, and only walked one hitter.

Shawn Clowers, Liberty University
Junior, Axton, Va

Clowers picked up two wins in relief last week as he pitched 10.2 scoreless innings.  The left-hander recorded his first win of the week on March 19 in a 1-0 16 inning win at Old Dominion. He entered the game in the 10th inning and retired the first 14 batters he faced.  He gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in his longest outing of his career, with a career-best eight strikeouts.  Four days later, he entered with the bases loaded, one out and Liberty holding a 2-1 lead over High Point.  Clowers struck out the next two batters to prevent any scoring. He retired the first 12 batters he faced, including six strikeouts and did not give up a hit until the ninth.  He allowed just two hits in his outing to lead Liberty to the 4-1 win.

Division II

Player of the Week

Eduardo Familia – Post University
Sophomore, Outfield, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Familia went 4‐for‐7 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored as Post Swept Caldwell. In The first game he hit a ground‐rule double in the bottom of the ninth and later came home to score the winning run. In game two drew a walk and later came home for the winning score. Familia also stole two bases on the day.

Pitcher of the Week

Dan Altavilla – Mercyhurst University
Junior, Greenock, Pa.

Altavilla hurled his first collegiate no-hitter in last Friday's 3-0 game one win over Clarion at the Mercyhurst University baseball field. The Lakers took three out of four contests from the Golden Eagles over the weekend. Altavilla walked one and struck out a career-high 12 batters in his complete-game gem. Altavilla's no-no was the first since Steve Grife no-hit Lake Erie College on April 4, 2009. Over his last three starts, Altavilla is 3-0 and has allowed one run on eight hits in 22 innings (0.41 earned run average). During the stretch, he has walked two and struck out 31, limiting opponents to a .107 batting average. Overall, Altavilla is 3-0 with a 1.69 earned run average on the season. He has walked five and struck out 37 while allowing just 13 hits in 26.2 innings of work.

Division III New England

Co-Players of the Week

Harry Oringer – Endicott College
Junior, Second Base, Dartmouth, Mass.

Oringer batted .524 (11-for-21), with one double, one triple, nine RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base in a 4-2 week for the Gulls against a slate of opponents that included five teams with more than 20 wins from a year ago, two of which collected 30 or more victories. Oringer hit safely in all six games, including a three-hit performance against William Paterson and two-hit efforts versus Ramapo, Benedictine and Elmhurst. Oringer drove in at least one run in five games and collected multiple RBI in three contests.

Steven Drury – Fitchburg State University
Freshman, Outfield, Ashburnham, Mass.

Drury batted .571 (8-14) with a double, two triples, a home run, five RBI and six runs scored in a 3-0 week for the Falcons. He went 3-4 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI in the 12-0 victory over Rivier University before adding a 3-5 effort with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored in the 6-5 win over Anna Maria College. Drury capped the week, going 2-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored in the 10-4 win against Wentworth College.

Pitcher of the Week

Derek Dubois – Clark University
Senior, Haverhill, Mass.

Dubois was dominant in a 13-1 win over Emerson College in the league opener for both teams. He went seven innings, allowing just one hit while walking two and striking out a career-best 11 batters. At one point, he retired 15 straight batters, including striking out five of six batters.

Division III Metro 

Co-Players of the Week

Gabriel Pena – City College of New York
Senior, Third Base, Bronx, NY

On the week, Pena averaged a .667 hitting average and three RBI's in a doubleheader against SUNYIT this week. Pena also knocked in a home run and recorded a triple and a double on the day. The senior scored two of his three runs in the first game and his last run in the second game.

Joe Sigismondi – Rutgers University – Camden
Sophomore, Second Base, Blackwood, NJ

Sigismondi hit .625 (10-for-16) with five RBI and three runs scored during a 4-1-1 week of play for the Scarlet Raptors. He opened the week by going 2-for-4 with three RBI, a walk and a stolen base during a 13-2 victory over Worcester State. Two days later, he went 3-for-3 with one run scored during a 12-6 victory over Washington & Jef­ferson. One day later, Sigismondi went 2-for-2 with an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base during a 6-6 tie against Bowdoin. He wrapped up the week by going a combined 3-for-6 with one RBI during a 5-2 and 11-5 doubleheader sweep of Trinity (CT). In eight games played for Rutgers-Camden on the season, Sigismondi is hitting .524 with four runs scored.

Pitcher of the Week

Dylan Johannink – Rowan University
Junior, Medford Lakes, NJ

Johannink led the Profs to a 2-1 victory over No. 3 ranked Southern Maine. In just his third outing of the season, he surrendered only four hits and one walk while striking out five in a complete-game victory. Johannink currently ranks 19th in the NJAC in innings pitched (16.1).

Division III Upstate 

Player of the Week

Cody Wiktorski – St. John Fisher College
Sophomore, Third Base, Penfield, NY

Wiktorski went 8-for-14 at the plate (.571) including a double and two homeruns to go along with five RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases as the nationally-ranked St. John Fisher College baseball team picked up four wins last week to stretch its winning streak to 11 games. Wiktorski went 3-for-5 with a double and a homerun in Fisher's win against Haverford before blasting a three-run homer as the Cardinals won the second leg of the doubleheader as well. Wiktorski slugged four singles in five plate appearances against Widener on Sunday as Fisher earned yet another win.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Steve Ascher – SUNY Oneonta
Junior, Cutchogue, NY

In his only outing of the week, Ascher continued his dominance by throwing his second consecutive shutout against #3 Kean University this past Saturday. Ascher threw nine innings and allowed only four hits while striking out seven batters. With the shutout, Ascher has recorded 17 straight scoreless innings while lowering his ERA to 2.36.

Greg Jakusik – Stevens Institute of Technology
Sophomore, The Woodlands, Texas

Jakusik allowed three hits, struck out 11 batters with three walks in a shutout against CSI. Stevens would go on to win the game 2-1.

Division III South

Player of the Week

Colin McCarthy – Johns Hopkins University
Junior, Left Field, Westport, Conn.

McCarthy hit .611 with 11 hits in 18 at-bats in a 5-0 week for the Blue Jays, scoring 10 runs and driving in six others. He had four doubles, stole a base, and posted an .833 slugging percentage and a 1.500 OPS. McCarthy had a four-hit game in the win over Bethel and three more in a win over St. Joseph's (L.I.).

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Mike Cramer – Saint Vincent College
Freshman, Finleyville, Pa.

Cramer fired a complete-game one hitter in the Bearcats’ 5-2 PAC-opening victory at Westminster Saturday afternoon. In his first career win as a Bearcat, Cramer struck out nine while allowing no walks and surrendered just one hit and a pair of sixth-inning unearned runs, limiting Titan hitters to a .045 batting average.

Brett Wagner – Moravian College
Sophomore, Bangor, Pa.

Wagner tossed his first career shutout as the Greyhounds posted a 10-0 win in the second game of a Landmark Conference doubleheader vs. Drew University to earn a split with the Rangers. Wagner scattered two hits while striking out three batters. He also had two putouts and an assist in four chances in the field.