NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 2)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sam Huston, Husson
(So., C/INF - Bangor, Maine)
Huston helped the Eagles go 3-1 on the week, starting the first three games behind the plate and the final game at first. Defensively, the sophomore was perfect recording 27 total putouts including a double play. Offensively, the sophomore hit .500 (7-for-14) for the week with three multi-hit games, while going 5-for-6 in conference action. He posted six runs, five RBI, three doubles, three walks, two homeruns, and one stolen base. In a NAC doubleheader sweep over Thomas, Huston belted two homeruns, claiming four RBI and two scored runs in the first game. He then went 3-for-3 as he tagged three doubles, scoring twice and earning one RBI in game two against the Terriers. With his three doubles, the infielder tied the Husson single-game record for doubles, while also becoming the first Eagle in nine years to do so.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ben Walls, Husson
(Sr., P - Bar Harbor, Maine)
Walls displayed an impressive performance on the mound, as the Eagles faced nationally ranked Saint Joseph's. The senior threw nine innings, helping the Eagles go into the tenth tied, while holding the Monks to a mere two runs before gracefully bowing out for a relief pitcher to step in. In his nine innings of work, Walls scattered eight hits, only allowed two walks, and struck out four batters. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell 3-2 in the tenth to the Monks.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Grant Corbett, Thomas
(Fr., 1B - Manchester, N.H.)
Corbett appeared in six games for the Terriers, finishing with a .429 (6-for-14) batting average, three multi-hit games, two doubles, one triple, one homerun, four runs scored and five RBI. In conference action against UMaine-Farmington and Husson, the first baseman hit .400 (4-for-10) with three RBI, two runs scored, one double and one homerun. In the second game of a twin bill with UMF, Corbett knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth, as the Terriers claimed a 7-4 win.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton did not compete over the past week, as inclement weather wiped out its only scheduled doubleheader against New England College on Saturday. The Spartans will make that twin bill up Monday at Purchase College, starting a busy spring break with games against Anna Maria, Apprentice, and Ramapo also on the schedule for this week.
Colby-Sawyer defeated Lesley, 3-2, in the lone game of last week. The Chargers were powered by home runs from seniors Justin Devoid and Nathan Frongillo. Senior Chris Mitchell also earned his third win of the season on the mound. Colby-Sawyer is scheduled to travel to Husson this weekend to begin conference action.
UMaine-Farmington split in Florida with Thomas and finished the week with a 1-6 record.
Husson saw a successful week from home going 3-1 while playing the teams first conference games in a doubleheader versus Thomas and walked away with two wins including a shutout. The Eagles also took down Bates 5-1 in a single game on Wednesday. Husson has a busy week ahead with seven games scheduled. The first doubleheader to start off the week will be on Monday on their home diamond versus UMaine-Farmington. On Thursday, Husson will travel to Saint Joseph's (Maine) for one single game and then close out the week hosting Colby-Sawyer for back-to-back doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Lyndon finished the week 1-1. The Hornets split a doubleheader with Nichols College Sunday, dropping the first game 4-0 before bouncing back for a 4-3 victory in the second game. Freshman Codi Smith smacked a two-RBI triple and then scored in the bottom of the fourth inning to power Lyndon to their seventh victory of the season. The Hornets are set to host UMaine-Farmington for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
New England College picked up two wins in non-conference play this week to improve to 7-7 on the season. Freshman Stanley Vargas recorded saves in both wins and also aided the team at the plate with a .500 batting average. The Pilgrims will open NAC play on Monday in a doubleheader against Castleton at noon.
Thomas finished the week 1-5 as they wrapped up a Florida trip at the RussMatt Invitational. On Monday, the Terriers split a conference doubleheader with the University of Maine at Farmington while falling to Keuka and DePauw in their final games. Thomas returned to the northeast to face Husson on Friday where they were swept in a NAC doubleheader. The Terriers are scheduled to play Bates on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. with a site to be determined.