NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 29)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dillon Benham, Castleton (Jr., OF - Lenox, Mass.)
Benham batted an impressive .538 (7-for-13) to help lead the Spartans to three more conference victories. He recorded two doubles, a triple, a home run, three runs scored, and seven RBI to go with a .571 on-base percentage and 1.077 slugging percentage for the week. He started the week by going 3-for-4 against NEC with five RBI and was just a double shy of the cycle as he belted a go-ahead RBI triple in the fourth inning and smacked a three-run home run in the sixth to cap a five-run comeback victory. The junior tallied four more hits in a doubleheader at Lyndon with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored to give him a team-leading 16 extra base hits on the season.
PITCHER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cam Graham, Husson (Fr., P - Littleton, Maine)
Graham (2-1) threw a no-hitter against NAC rival Lyndon on Sunday. The freshman went seven innings, allowed no hits and no runs, while walking two, and striking out seven. The 1-0 no-hitter was the first no-hitter for a Husson pitcher since 2006 and the first no-no for a freshman.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 3-1 over the past week with a doubleheader sweep of New England College (12-8 and 4-2) before a split with Lyndon over the weekend. The Spartans won the first game, 4-2, before seeing their 15-game win streak snapped with an 8-5 loss in game two. Dillon Benham batted .538 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and seven RBI. Castleton will conclude its regular season on Tuesday with a doubleheader at Colby-Sawer.
Colby-Sawyer got a full week of action in and went 3-5. After dropping a four-game set to Lyndon, the Chargers rebounded by winning three out of four over Thomas to end the week. Senior Andrew Carbone tied the program record for saves with his fifth in a win over Thomas. The Chargers will wrap up the regular season with doubleheaders against Husson and Castleton on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-4 on the week with a split against Thomas and fell to NEC over the weekend.
Husson went 3-4, 2-4 NAC on the week. With the terrible weather this spring, the Eagles will travel to Colby-Sawyer tomorrow. The games will decide if Husson makes the conference tournament.
Lyndon went 7-1 in NAC play this week. The Hornets swept all four games from Colby-Sawyer on Monday and Tuesday, split with Castleton on Friday, and took a pair at Husson on Saturday.
New England College went 3-3 on the week and set a new program record for wins in a season with three victories over UMaine-Farmington over the weekend. They currently have 24 wins this season, besting last season's record 22 victories. Senior Justin Carey (Amherst, Mass.) had two home runs and eight hits on the week, while junior pitcher Nick Powers (Malden, Mass.) had 11 strikeouts in his eighth victory of the season. The Pilgrims will now await a seed in the 2018 NAC tournament.
Thomas went 3-5 on the week. The Terriers split doubleheaders with Husson and UMF and then went 1-3 against Colby-Sawyer.