March 20, 2012

ODU's Prince and NU's Snider Chosen As GLIAC Baseball "Player of the Week" and "Pitcher of the Week", respectively

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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.

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GLIAC Baseball Player of the Week:

Christian Prince
Ohio Dominican
6-3, Sophomore 1B
Hudsonville, Mich./Chicago State

 Christian 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:

Jordan Snider
Northwood
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.

 

 

Ashland Eagles

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 Oilers

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.

 

Hillsdale Chargers

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 Valley.

 

 

 

Northwood Timberwolves

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 Sunday.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Tiffin Dragons

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.

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