BAY CITY, Mich. - Ohio Dominican University sophomore infielder Christian Prince (Hudsonville, Mich./Chicago State) and Northwood University junior pitcher Jordan Snider (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) have been chosen as the GLIAC Baseball "Player of the Week" and "Pitcher of the Week", respectively.
GLIAC Baseball Player of the Week:
6-3, Sophomore 1B
Hudsonville, Mich./Chicago State
Prince had at least one hit and one RBI in all five games he played
last week on his way to a .625 (10-for-16) batting average. Prince
totaled five RBI, four runs scored, one double, and stole a base
during the week. His top performance was in a comeback 9-8 victory
over Lock Haven in 11 innings, when he went 4-for-4 with a RBI. The
four hits in a game was a career high for Prince.
Baseball Player Weekly
Honor Roll: Wade Kaido - AU; Eric Terwilliger - UF;
Steve Anderson - GV; Mike Blanchard - HC; Cory Colucci - NU; Pat
Curtin - TU; Justin DeFrancis - WS.
2012 "Players of the Week": (3/14) Steve Anderson - GV, (3/20) Christian Prince - OD.
GLIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week:
6-0, Junior RHP
Bay City, Mich./John Glenn
Jordan Snider went 2-0 with a 0.00
ERA in a pair of starts for Northwood. He allowed eight hits
in 13 innings of work, striking out six while walking
four. Snider allowed two hits in six innings of work in a 1-0
victory over Mansfield. He then tossed seven shutout innings
against Concordia (NE), allowing six hits while striking out
four. Opponents had just one extra base hit and finished with
a .182 batting average against Snider.
Baseball Pitcher Weekly Honor Roll: Brad Thomas - AU; Preston Zachrich - UF; Ryan Garman - GV; Matthew Reck - HC; Adam Beach - LE; Alex Borgan - OD; Alex Pierse - WS.
2012 "Pitchers of the Week": (3/14) Cory Baker - GV, (3/20) Jordan Snider - NU.
The Eagles swept a doubleheader
from Malone in their only games of the week. Sophomore Tyler Gray
ripped a two-run homer in a three-run first inning for the Eagles
in Game 1. Malone tied the game in the fourth, but three AU hits in
the bottom of the sixth gave the Eagles a 4-3 lead they
didn’t relinquish. Senior right-hander Aaron Hilt tossed six
innings for his third win of the season while junior righty Zach
Botjer earned his first save of the season with a scoreless seventh
inning. AU pounded out 10 hits in an 8-2 win over the Pioneers in
Game 2. The Eagles scored single runs in the first and fourth
innings before blowing the game open with a six-run fifth inning.
Junior right-hander Brad Thomas picked up his second win of the
year, going 5.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with four
strikeouts and no walks. Sophomore southpaw Cole Hudson tossed the
final 1.2 innings. Sophomore outfielder Wade Kaido was 4-for-7 in
the doubleheader with a double and two RBI. The Eagles host Walsh
on Wednesday in a single game before opening GLIAC play this
weekend at Northwood.
Findlay went 1-2 with its weekend series against Walsh. The Oilers will start GLIAC play March 24th at Wayne State.
Grand Valley State Lakers
#11 Grand Valley State completed a four-game sweep of Urbana
over the weekend…The Laker pitching staff allowed only 18
hits over the series, an average of 4.5 per game and struck out 38
batters in 28 innings pitched…Senior Kyle Schepel (Grand
Rapids, Mich.) became the school’s career leader in
strikeouts on Saturday (Mar. 17), moving ahead of Phil Mixter
(2003-04) on the all-time list with 190 career
punchouts…Schepel’s victory also moved him in to a tie
for the career lead in victories at GVSU with 26 (Joe Jablonski;
2008-11)…Senior Ryan Garman (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) struck out
a career-high 11 batters on Saturday…Senior Steve Anderson
(Northville, Mich.) now has a 12-game hitting streak after notching
a hit in all four games at Urbana…Senior Cory Baker threw
six strong innings on Saturday (Mar. 18), striking out
seven…Baker has now thrown 20 innings this season without
allowing an earned run…GVSU opens up its home schedule and
GLIAC play this weekend with a four-game set against Lake Erie.
The Hillsdale College baseball team opened its trip to Florida Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with Alderson-Broaddus, losing the opener 15-2 before winning the nightcap 3-0…Junior pitcher Matthew Reck threw 5 2/3 perfect innings on his way to his first pitching win of the season…The Chargers will play a single game for each of the next three days to complete their Florida trip before opening GLIAC play at Saginaw Valley State next weekend…This would be Hillsdale’s second visit to SVSU since 2007, due to scheduling cancellations and formats.
Lake Erie Storm
The Storm posted a 2-4 record on
its spring break trip against four opponents with a combined
winning percentage of over .600 in 70-plus games. After
losing two games at #5 Delta State, the Storm bounced back with a
5-0 win at Arkansas-Monticello. In that game, Adam Beach and
Doug Fox combined for a two-hit shutout. Beach struck out a
season-high eight and Fox made his fourth scoreless appearance of
the spring. Reid Rizzo hit .462 over the final three games of
the trip, including his first career three-hit game. Both he
and Brayan Cacique currently have seven-game hitting streaks.
Rizzo is hitting .393 on the year and is tied for the team lead
with four RBI and has an LEC-best three doubles, seven runs and 11
hits. After playing at Charleston Tuesday in a nonconference
doubleheader, the Storm opens GLIAC play this weekend at Grand
Northwood got off to a strong start
for its 2012 season, going 9-1 on its annual trip to Florida
… it is the best record Northwood has recorded on its spring
trip in program history … NU had a 3.79 team ERA on the
trip, despite allowing 17 runs in their lone loss on the trip
– their ERA in the team’s nine wins was 2.12 …
three Northwood starters went 2-0 on the trip with sub 3.0
ERA’s, led by Jordan Snider (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn)
… Snider won both of his starts and did not allow a run in
13 innings of work … Mark Heard (Novi, Mich.) went 2-0 with
a 1.26 ERA, while Jake Winicki (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice)
went 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA … as a team, NU hit .309 for the
week, led by Cory Colucci (Rochester, Mich./Adams) … Colucci
hit .414 while leading the team in runs (12), hits (12), triples
(four) and stolen bases (six) … for the week, Colluci
finished with a .724 slugging percentage and a .514 on-base
percentage … he had at least one hit in eight of 10 games
and reached base in all 10 contests … Northwood will take on
Central Michigan Tuesday before hosting Ashland Saturday and
Ohio Dominican Panthers
The Panthers went 5-4 on their
nine-game spring break trip to the RussMatt Central Florida
Invitational last week…ODU has played seven games decided by
one or two runs and are 6-1 in those
contests…Redshirt-sophomore Christian Prince had a torrid
week at the plate, hitting .625 (10-for-16) with five RBI and four
runs, and he currently has a five-game hitting streak…Senior
John Bowron is on a six-game hitting streak and batting .455 with a
.500 on-base percentage…Junior right hander Alex Borgan has
a 2-0 record this spring with a 1.46 ERA, holding the opposition to
a .235 batting average against…Freshman Vince Bartolone
showed off his versatility as he had 4 RBI and threw four shutout
innings and earned the victory in ODU’s 9-7, 11 inning win
over Lock Haven. He has yet to allow an earned run in four relief
appearances (8.0 innings) and is batting .273 this spring.
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
The Saginaw Valley State University baseball team was idle this past week. The Cardinals will be back in action when they play host to Hillsdale College with twin bills Saturday and Sunday against the Chargers.
Senior Pat Curtin broke the TU
career record for putouts with 801 against Savannah College of Art
& Design on March 14. TU will start the GLIAC portion of its
schedule at Ohio Dominican on March 24.
Wayne State Warriors
Wayne State won three of the final five games on its Florida trip last week, including victories over Indianapolis, Winona State and Mount Vernon Nazarene. Senior Justin DeFrancis, who went 8-for-17 with three runs scored last week, has an eight-game hitting streak and ranks fourth in the GLIAC with a .464 overall average. Sophomore Chris Gebara and senior Alex Trojan had six hits apiece last week, while Gebara drove in a team-high four runs. Junior Alex Pierse improved to 2-0 with a solid start Wednesday against Winona State, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings. Junior Ethan Vasiliauskas picked up a win in relief, as did senior Billy Hurley who also earned his fourth save Tuesday vs. UIndy. Wayne State opens GLIAC play at home this weekend against Findlay.