NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending March 19)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Doug Avellino, Colby-Sawyer
(Jr, 2B - Woodstock, Vt.)
Avellino had an impressive second week of action for the Chargers who went 3-4. He hit .417 (10-for-24), slugged .542 and had a .462 on base percentage. The second baseman hit safely in five of seven games, including four multi-hit games on the week. The junior tallied eight RBI, scored four runs, hit one double and one triple, drew two walks, and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases. Avellino knocked in three runs on two hits and scored one run in an 11-7 win over Lesley and later had three hits, two runs and two RBI to lead Colby-Sawyer to an 8-6 win over MCLA.
PITCHER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Davis Mikell, Castleton
(Fr., P/1B - Williston, Vt.)
Mikell, in his first career start on the mound, struck out nine in a complete game victory over No. 2 Cortland State. He allowed just one earned run on seven hits to lead Castleton to victory over its highest ranked opponent in program history. After giving up two runs over the first two innings, Mikell got into a rhythm and struck out six, while allowing just one hit over the next four innings. In the seventh, Cortland State had runners on first and third with the game-tying run at the plate, but Mikell forced a groundout to work out of the jam. The freshman capped off his complete game in the ninth with a strikeout and a game-ending double play to secure the 6-3 win for the Spartans. He also produced at the plate in a 2-2 week for Castleton, as he started all four games. Offensively, the freshman went 7-for-17 for a .412 batting average with one double, one RBI, and four runs scored. He collected three hits in each of the first two games of the season against stiff competition in Apprentice and No. 11 Tufts. Trailing the Jumbos 4-0 in the eighth, Mikell sparked a rally with an RBI double to score the first of three runs in the inning.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton opened its season with a pair of doubleheader splits on Friday and Saturday. The Spartans won their season opener against host Apprentice, 10-0, before falling to No. 11 Tufts in the nightcap, 6-4. Saturday was a historical day for the team as it overcame a 13-4 loss in game one to upset No. 2 Cortland State 6-3 in game two. Davis Mikell pitched a complete game to earn the victory over the Red Dragons, striking out nine while allowing just one earned run. Mikell also led the team offensively with seven hits and four runs scored on the week, while Dillon Benham added five hits and drove in four runs. Devin Hayes struck out 10 over seven innings of shutout ball to earn the win against Apprentice.
Colby-Sawyer wrapped up its spring break trip to central Florida with a 3-4 record last week. The Chargers swept MCLA and also earned a split with Lesley. The team is slated to resume play on Saturday with a twin bill against Lasell.
UMaine-Farmington went 0-1, a loss to Fisher College, as the teams other games were moved because of the weather.
Husson was idle as its gdoubleheader with Bates on March 18 postponed due to the weather. The Eagles will take on Norwich in a twin bill on Saturday, March 25.
Lyndon did not play this week as a doubleheader at Eastern Nazarene was postponed. The Hornets will travel to Daniel Webster Thursday for a nine inning game starting at 3:30 p.m.
New England College earned the first win of the season in game two of Saturday's doubleheader with Middlebury. Senior Connor Crouse and freshman Luis Atiles both tallied .429 batting averages for the Pilgrims, while Crouse had an RBI and scored in the 6-4 victory in game two. Joseph Pascucci earned the win on the mound after throwing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. NEC, who sits at 1-7 on the season, is scheduled to play Albertus Magnus on Wednesday.
Thomas will begin the 2017 season in Auburndale, Florida on Monday March 20, as the Terriers face Worcester State and Knox.