NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending March 26)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Evan Delaney, New England College
(So. - Hadley, Mass.)
Delaney helped lead the Pilgrims to a 4-0 week after hitting safely in all four games and tallying two multi-hit games. The sophomore hit .545 (6-for-11) on the week, while drawing six walks, earning five stolen bases, scoring three runs, recording two RBI, and belting a homerun. Delaney cranked a double as part of his 2-for-4 production at the plate in the 5-1 game one win over Purchase. On the week, he was perfect on defense.
PITCHER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Stanley Vargas, New England College
(Fr., OF/P - Boston, Mass.)
Vargas pitched eight innings on the week to earn a win and a save. The rookie scattered three hits and gave up no earned runs on the mound, while compiling 15 strikeouts. Vargas earned the save in one inning of relief in the team's 10-inning 2-0 win over Albertus Magnus. He then pitched a complete-game 5-1 win over the Falcons, allowing just three hits, while striking out 12 in game two. At the plate, Vargas tallied four hits, three runs, two RBI, two doubles, one triple, and three stolen bases.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 2-1 on the road over the past week, starting with a 9-2 win at Coast Guard on Friday. The Spartans then split a doubleheader at SUNY Old Westbury on Saturday, losing the first game 3-2 before bouncing back with a 7-4 win in game two. Dillon Benham tallied five RBI over the three games and had an inside-the-park home run, while Deagan Poland recorded a hit in each game to push his season-opening hitting streak to seven games. Castleton will open its NAC schedule on Saturday with a home doubleheader against New England College.
Colby-Sawyer had its only scheduled twin bill of the week postponed. The Chargers will try to hit the field on Wednesday with a single game at Lesley before opening conference play on Saturday at Lyndon.
UMaine-Farmington will take on three opponents for six games in Florida. The Beavers will play Thomas in a twinbill on Monday, take on Crown in a single game on Tuesday and then a three-game series with DePauw on Thursday and Friday.
Husson split a doubleheader against Norwich on Saturday afternoon, taking a 3-1 win in the first game before coming up short 7-3 in the second game. Husson has three days of games this week with the first on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., a rescheduled matchup versus Bates at home with the opening pitch at 4:00 p.m. Then on Thursday, the team is set to host Saint Joseph's (Maine) at 4:00 p.m. Finally on Saturday, the Eagles will venture to the University of Maine-Farmington for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.
Lyndon did not play this past week as the teams game at Daniel Webster was postponed until April 28. The Hornets look to open up conference play Saturday, hosting Colby-Sawyer.
New England College picked up back-to-back sweeps over Purchase and Albertus Magnus to improve to 5-7 on the season. Jeam Castillo batted .500 on the week, while freshman pitcher Stanley Vargas pitched eight innings with a win, a save, and 15 strikeouts. The Pilgrims are scheduled to play MCLA at home on Wednesday and will open NAC play on Saturday at Castleton.
Thomas traveled to Florida this week as they competed in the RussMatt Invitational, finishing at 0-9. The Terriers held a lead in four of the nine games. Freshman Darren Kelly is off to a hot start for the Terriers as he appeared in eight games, hitting for a .522 average (12-for-23), .560 on-base percentage, .609 slugging percentage, and knocking in four RBI. The Terriers will begin their conference schedule in Florida on Monday, March 27, as they face the University of Maine at Farmington in a doubleheader.