April 9, 2012

NEAC East Baseball Weekly Honors

Castleton's Ryan Zielinski PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Zielinski, Castleton
(Jr, - 2B - Schenectady, N.Y.)

Zielinski was the Spartans' offensive catalyst last week, batting an even .500 (12-for-24) in seven games while also slugging .792 with a .571 on-base percentage. The junior had four multi-hit games, and reached base safely in all seven contests in leading Castleton to a perfect 7-0 record. He also scored drove in a team-high 10 RBI, scored nine runs and was 5-for-5 on stolen bases. In the series opener against Maine-Farmington, Zielinski went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI. He was equally as good in the series finale, going 3-for-3 with a double, and reaching base four times while scoring a pair of runs. He leads the team in batting (.420) and slugging (.642) this season.

 

Castleton's Dakota Aker PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Dakota Aker, Castleton
(Sr, P - Schenectady, N.Y.)

Aker made two appearances last week and saved his best for last, tossing a no-hitter in a 4-0 seven-inning win over Maine-Farmington on Saturday afternoon. The junior was untouchable, striking out eight hitters and facing the minimum of 21 batters over seven innings. Only two runners reached base, the first coming on a one-out walk in the first and the second on a dropped third strike in the third. Neither got to second as one was out as part of a double play while the second was gunned down trying to steal. In his other appearance, Aker threw two innings against Southern Vermont, allowing one earned run while striking out two.

 

Husson's Casey Estes ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Casey Estes, Husson
(Fr, INF - Old Town, Maine)

First year infielder Casey Estes appeared in four of Husson's 9 games this week, and made his opportunity count, going 5-11 at the dish for a .455 batting average. Estes picked up four RBI while scoring another. Defensively, he turned in a 1.000 fielding percentage for the week playing second base.



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