|Senior outfielder Kyle Wenger, Delaware Valley
|Freshman lefthander Peter Maybach, Salve Regina|
Delaware Valley senior Kyle Wenger and Salve Regina freshman Peter Maybach were named Division III National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of March 6-12.
Wenger, an outfielder from Souderton, Penn., led the Aggies to a 5-0 week while batting .550 (11-for-20) and slugging 1.100 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine runs scored and eight RBIs. Wenger hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 3-2 win over Bridgewater State. The Middle Atlantic Conference’s Freedom Player of the Week also went 3-for-7 with four RBI, three runs scored, a double and a home run in a doubleheader sweep of Geneva, and, in a doubleheader sweep of Norwich, Wenger recorded three hits with 3 RBI and two runs scored in game one.
Maybach, a left-handed hurler from Saunderstown, R.I., made a huge debut for the Seahawks. In a 3-0 win over Rochester Institute of Technology, he was one out away from a complete-game,
nine-inning no-hitter and gave up just two singles after 8.2 innings of play. The Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week struck out 11 and only walked one in the contest.
Previous winners: Ben Buerkle, St. Mary’s (Minn.) and Paul Wetmore, Western New England
Honorable Mention Hitters: Kyle Bouchard, fr.,1B, Nichols: Helped his team earn a 3-1 record, including a big win over regional powerhouse Wheaton. The first baseman had four-hit games in every contest the Bison played and finished with 16 hits and 13 runs batted in in just four games. His impressive batting average (.680) currently makes him second in the country, while he’s also leading the conference in RBI (13).
Taylor Black, sr., 3B, St. Joseph’s (Maine): Hit .625 (15-24) with a .630 OBP and a 1.000 slugging percentage with eight runs, five doubles, two triples, and 11 RBI in six games (4-2) last week. The senior captain had at least two hits in every game, including three three-hit efforts and had no errors in 18 chances at the hot corner.
Honorable Mention Pitchers: Zach Cooney, jr., RHP, Neumann: Threw seven innings of no-hit ball against Salisbury in a 6-1 win over the Sea Gulls March 6. He struck out five and walked one in the win, combining with Zach Youngberg for the no-hitter.
Austin Ver Steeg, fr., RHP, Concordia (Minn.): Threw a complete game, three-hit shutout against NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul on March 11. Ver Steeg also struck out four against the Golden Bears while only allowing runners to get into scoring position on three occasions. Each time that Concordia-St. Paul advanced a runner to second base there were two outs in the inning, Ver Steeg was able to get the next batter to hold the Golden Bears to 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
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