|RIT senior outfielder Will Gorman
Rochester Tech athletics photo
|Misericordia leftthander Garrett Pelko
Misericordia athletics photo
Seniors Will Gorman of Rochester Institute of Technology and Garrett Pelko of Misericordia were named Division III National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 17-23.
Gorman, an outfielder from Nassau, N.Y., hit .625 (10-for-16) and had a .739 on-base percentage and 1.125 slugging percentage (1.864 OPS) with eight runs scored, two homers, and seven RBI in a 5-0 week for the Tigers. The span began April 18, as the Liberty League Hitter of Week went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, was hit by a pitch, and scored two runs in a 12-3 win at Keuka. On April 22, Gorman went 1-for-2 with two walks and scored a run in a 2-1 game one win over Skidmore. In game two, he tied the school record for career home runs, hitting a three-run shot in the sixth inning that gave RIT a 5-3 lead. He also walked four times and scored three runs in an 8-5 win. The following day, Gorman hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning that gave him 23 round trippers, a new program standard, breaking a 37-year old record held by school Hall of Famer Jeff Hall '80. In the third inning, he singled in a run, breaking another mark of Hall’s with his 139th career RBI, as the Tigers rolled to a 10-0 win. In game two, Gorman had three singles and scored twice in an 11-1 win.
Pelko, a left-hander from Oley, Penn., threw a complete-game (seven-inning) 7-0 no-hitter against conference foe Eastern. He struck out eight batters and walked just one. Earlier in the week, Pelko pitched one inning of scoreless relief where he struck out one batter against Stevens. Pelko finished the week striking out nine batters and walking one with a 0.00 ERA and a .000 opponent batting average over eight innings of work.
- Ben Buerkle, St. Mary’s (Minn.) and Paul Wetmore, Western New England
- Kyle Wegner, Delaware Valley and Peter Maybach, Salve Regina
- Austin Ledin, Bethel (Minn.) and R.J. Brown, St. Mary's (Minn.)
- Chad Chultz, Manchester and Jonathon Stepp, Blackburn
- Zach Gartner, East Texas Baptist and Dan Williams, Stevenson
- Pat Mollo, Illinois Wesleyan and Cole Chang, Macalester
- Ryan Hetherington, Carroll and Jimi Keating, Spalding
Honorable Mention Hitters: Jake Fling, jr., OF, Wooster: Hit. 522 (12-for-23) on the week to lead the Scots to a perfect 5-0 record, which included three non-conference wins over No. 25 Denison, 19-3, Marietta, 8-5, and John Carroll, 4-3. In the five games combined, he tallied three doubles, one triple, nine runs scored and 12 RBI for a .739 slugging percentage. He delivered the go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth of the 4-3 win over JCU, and also went 6-for-8 at the plate with six RBI in a DH sweep over Kenyon April 17. In the second game against the Lords, he swiped four bases to become the first Scot with four stolen bases in a game since Matt Miller in 2004. He finished the week with six total stolen bases.
Howie Kalamets, sr., DH, Immaculata: Continued his surge since returning from injury as he hit .632 with a team-high 12 hits to lead the Macs to a 5-1 week. He had five runs scored, seven RBIs, two doubles, a home run, and an on-base percentage of .692. He hit safely in all six games and had at least two hits in five of the games.
Honorable Mention Pitchers: John Doherty, sr., RHP, Ramapo: Came within one out of a no-hitter against Rutgers-Newark April 22, surrendering just one hit with one out remaining in the ninth. He struck out eight in the contest.
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