NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 9)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deagan Poland, Castleton
(So., OF - Williston, Vt.)
Poland continued his impressive offensive production for Castleton, posting a .565 batting average (13-for-23) out of the leadoff spot in a 6-0 week, while hitting .667 (4-for-6) in conference action. The sophomore earned 10 stolen bases, scored nine runs, drew four walks, hit two doubles and claimed two RBI on the week. The outfielder went 4-for-4 in back-to-back games against New England College and Anna Maria and had at least two hits in four of the team's six games over the past week. Poland has a hit in 12 of the team's 13 games this season and has reached base successfully in every game so far this season.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Michael Fazio, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr., P - Auburn, Mass.)
Fazio earned a complete game victory on the road at Husson to give the Chargers a split on Saturday. The senior scattered nine hits and gave up just one run, while striking out five in an 8-1 conference win over the Eagles.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Davis Mikell, Castleton
(Fr., P/1B - Williston, Vt.)
Mikell hit .368 (7-for-19) in a 6-0 week with a .480 on-base percentage and a .737 slugging percentage to go with two home runs, one double and 10 RBI. The freshman went .500 (3-for-6) in conference play with two RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases in a doubleheader sweep of New England College. Mikell had three multi-hit games on the week, including a 2-for-4 effort with four RBI and two runs scored at Anna Maria. He capped off the week with two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored in a victory over Clark. Mikell also improved to 2-0 on the mound with a win over Anna Maria, striking out six, while allowing just one earned run over 6.0 innings.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 6-0 over the past week, beginning with a pair of conference victories over New England College. The Spartans scored 52 runs over the six-game stretch, highlighted by a 14-6 win over Clark in which the team hit five home runs. Deagan Poland batted .565 (13-for-23) with 10 stolen bases, while Devin Hayes picked up two wins on the mound with 16 strikeouts in 13.0 innings, allowing just four earned runs. Castleton hosts Norwich on Tuesday, before resuming NAC play with a twin bill at Colby-Sawyer Wednesday and a weekend four-game set at UMF.
Colby-Sawyer split four NAC games with Husson over the weekend. The Chargers won games 8-1 and 3-2, while Husson won 7-2 and 5-2. The team received home runs in three of the four games from Brendan Thurber, Tim Unczur and Justin Devoid. In the two victories, Mike Fazio and Ryan Glendye tossed complete games. Colby-Sawyer will continue NAC action on Wednesday at Castleton before stepping out of conference with games against Daniel Webster and Norwich on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
UMaine-Farmington split with Husson 1-1 with a 6-5 loss and a 5-2 win.
Husson had three days of doubleheaders at home this past week and finished out the week splitting every day with a win and a loss. The Eagles took on UMaine-Farmington on Monday, capturing a 6-5 win and fell 5-2 in game two. On Saturday and Sunday, the Eagles hosted back-to-back doubleheaders against Colby Sawyer. Coming up, Husson has a busy week with four days of games on the road. The Eagles will kick off the week with one nine-inning game at Saint Joseph's (Maine) at 4:00 p.m. on Monday and then Wednesday will see a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. against Thomas. Finally on Friday and Saturday, the Eagles will be playing back-to-back doubleheaders at New England College.
Lyndon did not play this week due to field conditions. The Hornets look to start conference play on Wednesday at New England College before traveling to Thomas for games on Friday and Saturday.
New England College went 3-3 on the week in NAC play. The Pilgrims opened the week by getting swept by Castleton, and then went 3-1 against Thomas over a four-game series played at URI's Bill Beck Field. Vincent Backert led the team at the plate with seven hits and six RBI and also pitched a nine-inning complete-game win over Thomas on Saturday. Freshman Stanley Vargas was 1-1 on the week on the mound for NEC, tossing 16 strikeouts in 11.0 innings of work. The Pilgrims are scheduled to host Lyndon on Wednesday for a NAC doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. The team will also host Husson for a four-game series on Friday and Saturday.
Thomas finished 1-3 in a four-game series with New England College over the weekend. On Saturday, the Terriers lost a heartbreaking 4-3 game in extra innings in game one. They bounced back with a 7-6 victory in game two to even the series. On Sunday, the Terriers were swept, dropping both games 6-1 and 14-3. Their next game is scheduled for Wednesday against Husson at a site to be determined.