N.Y. hitters get award, Kzoo pitcher honored too

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Member institutions of the University Athletic Association, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Liberty League picked up Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week recognition for April 16-22.

New York University junior infielder Colman Hendershot channeled his inner Mike Trout to lead the Violets to a 4-1 record. The Lubbock, Texas, native hit six home runs and drove in 15 runs to lead the Violets to four wins in five games. He batted .565 (13-for-23), recording at least two hits in each game. Hendershot hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats, finishing with seven runs batted in, in the Violets’ 12-7 UAA win over Brandeis University on Friday. He scored 10 runs, doubled twice, and registered a 1.435 slugging percentage.

Past Hitters of the Week: Austin Parent, Pitt-Bradford
                                            Chris Fowler, UMass-Boston
                                            Tommy Epsaro, DeSales
                                            Daytona Bryden, UW-Whitewater
                                            Will Welsh, Lancaster Bible
                                            Carson Cox, Concordia (Texas)
                                            Ben Sexton, Emory and Henry
                                            Joesph Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan

Honorable Mention Hitter: Michael Wielansky, jr., INF, Wooster - Led the second-ranked Scots to a 5-1 record last week with a slash line of .655/.688/1.172. He went 19-for-29 at the plate on the week with five doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored, highlighted by a 5-for-6 showing with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and three runs scored in a 24-14 non-conference win over Muskingum on April 20th. In league play last week, he hit .611 (11-for-18) with two doubles, two triples, seven RBI and 12 runs scored in four combined wins over Oberlin and Allegheny. He was also perfect in the field with six putouts and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Senior Ryan Orr was virtually untouchable for the Kalamazoo College Hornets’ staff last week. The DeWitt, Mich., native fired his second career no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Albion. Orr also earned a second win of the week in two innings of relief against Calvin. All told, he did not allow a hit or run in 9 total innings while striking out 10 and walking 1. His effect on a 5-1 record for the team didn’t end there, as he hit .360 (9-25) with two RBI while playing left field when not pitching.

 Past Pitcher of the Week: Jack Herzin, Penn State-Behrend
                                             Matt D'Ambrosia, Muhlenburg
                                             Charlie Ruegger, Stevens
                                             Ryan Miller, Benedictine
                                             Colin Coffey, Luther
                                             Greg Schneider, Frostburg State
                                             Patrick Mayback, Salve Regina
                                             Jimi Keating, Spalding

Honorable Mention Pitcher: Matthew DeVillier, jr., Centenary - Tossed the first Gentlemen NCAA Division III no-hitter, allowing just a pair of walks. He ended the game in style in Centenary’s 7-0 win against Austin College April 20, striking out the side.

Infielder/outfielder Jack Koch of Union College (N.Y.) made it back-to-back weeks as a national honoree. The St. Paul, Minn., native led the Dutchmen with a .632 batting average, going 12-for-19. He had one home run and two doubles while leading the team with 12 runs scored and 17 total bases in a 4-1 week. He also had a team-high .652 on-base percentage as the team's lead-off hitter.

Past Rookie of the Week: Jack Koch, Union
                                            Joel Pierce, Wheaton (Ill.)
                                            Jack Layrisson, La Grange
                                            Shayne Audet, New England College
                                            Isaiah Ausby, Cavenovia
                                            Justin Provost, Rowan
                                            Justin Green, St. Mary's (Minn.)
                                            Tristen Luck, Methodist

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