McMurray photo by Gerald Ewing
A big series against their cross-town rivals by Matt Thompson of McMurry and a no-hitter by Jhonneris Mendez of Suffolk have earned them the NCAA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week respectively for the week of April 2-8 as voted on by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Thompson, a senior first baseman from Southlake, Texas, batted .667 (8-for-12) with two home runs, one triple, three doubles, a 1.583 slugging percentage, and eight RBIs over three games against Hardin-Simmons University, the War Hawks’ American Southwest Conference and Abilene, Texas, cross-town rivals. Thompson also scored six runs, walked twice for a .714 on base percentage, and played errorless defense. He went 5-for-5 with a homer in his first at-bat and three doubles in the War Hawks’ 15-4 series-opening win. In a 17-13 second-game loss, he went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Thompson was named the ASC West Division Hitter of the Week for the third time this season.
Jhonneris Mendez, Suffolk
Mendez, a junior right-hander from Boston, Mass., threw one of
four no-hitters around the country during the week, posting a 3-0
victory over Lasell College in the second game of a doubleheader on
Saturday. He was one strike away from a perfect game, having
retired the first 20 hitters in a row, before finally allowing a
base runner with a walk in the seventh. He then struck out
the last batter and finished the game with 10 strikeouts. It
was his second win of the day, as he also earned the game one
victory in relief. He entered the game in the 7th with a 6-5
lead, surrendered an unearned run, then picked up the 7-6 win when
the Rams scored in the last of the 7th. Mendez was named the
Great Northeast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Honorable Mention Hitters: John Barrett (Frostburg State) - .636 (7-11), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 9 RBIs, 8 runs, 6 walks, 1.364 slugging pct.; Tim Wiand (Westminster PA) - .625 (10-16) - 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, 9 runs, 1.313 slugging pct.; Chris Kucher (Babson) - .667 (14-21), 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 8 runs, .857 slugging pct.; Kyle Strawn (Adrian) - .750 (9-12), 2 triples, 1 home runs, 5 RBIs, 7 runs, 1.333 slugging pct.; Paul Greco (Lancaster Bible) - .562 (9-16), 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 7 runs, 1.312 slugging pct.; Stephen Rogers (Trinity CT) - .588 (10-17), 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 8 runs, 1.118 slugging pct.; Kenny Durling (Misericordia) - .583 (7-12), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 inside-the-park home runs, 8 RBIs, 5 runs, 1.417 slugging pct.; Paul Miller (Whitworth) - .688 (11-16), 4 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 6 runs, 1.125 slugging pct.; Esteban Meletiche (Keystone) - .500 (10-20), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 7 RBIs, 9 runs, 4 stolen bases, .750 slugging pct.; Connor Cline (St. John’s MN) - .538 (7-13), 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 runs, .769 slugging pct.;
Honorable Mention Pitchers: Rich Kazigian (Widener) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 0 hits, 6 strikeouts; Dakota Aker (Castleton) - 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 1 hit, 10 strikeouts; Daniel Kehew (Salve Regina) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 ip, 1 cg, 0 hits, 7 strikeouts; Jake Nicholson (Rockford) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 ip, 1 cg, 1 hit, 9 strikeouts; Buddy Flaherty (Bethel MN) - 1-0, 2 saves, 0.00 ERA, 5.1 ip, 1 hit, 5 strikeouts
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Feb. 27-Mar. 4 Hitter of the Week: Andy King (Hamline)
Pitcher of the Week: Mitch Hunnicutt (Hanover)
Mar. 5-11 Hitter of the Week: Zach Hofer (Elmhurst)
Pitcher of the Week: Blaine O’Brien (Keystone)
Mar. 12-18 Hitter of the Week: Gregg Steinman (Moravian)
Pitcher of the Week: Steve Maher (St. Thomas MN)
Mar. 19-25 Hitter of the Week: Bruce Maxwell (Birmingham-Southern)
Pitcher of the Week: Brian Ranta (George Fox)
Mar. 26-Apr. 1 Hitter of the Week: Dan Fiorito (Manhattanville)
Pitcher of the Week: Jarrett Gish (Case Western Reserve)
Apr. 2-8 Hitter of the Week: Matt Thompson (McMurry)
Pitcher of the Week: Jhonnis Perez (Suffolk)