NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 16)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sam Huston, Husson
(So., C/INF - Bangor, Maine)
Huston helped the Eagles go 4-3 on the week (4-2 in NAC action), playing first against Saint Joseph's (Maine), third versus Thomas and finished out the week behind the plate at New England College. On the week, the sophomore hit .421 (8-for-19), while recording 10 RBI, eight runs, eight walks, three doubles, and one homerun. In the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Thomas, Huston went 2-for-4, earned six RBI, scored three runs and belted a grand slam in the top of the sixth. The infielder went 1-for-1 in game two, as he scored two runs, drew two walks, and hit one double. In a four-game series that the Eagles split with NEC, he went 3-for-9, tallied four RBI, scored two runs, earned two doubles and drew six walks. Defensively, Huston recorded 36 putouts and four assists on 42 total chances.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Vincent Backert, New England College
(Sr., P/3B - Shelton, Conn.)
Backert recorded a shutout in his lone start on the mound this past week. The Pilgrims claimed a 5-0 win over Husson, as the senior threw a complete-game, scattering two hits, allowing one walk, and striking out eight batters.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Logan Rogerson, Husson
(Fr., SS - Brewer, Maine)
Rogerson helped Husson go 4-3 on the road, sweeping Thomas and splitting four games with NEC in conference action. The shortstop hit .462 (12-for-26), scored 11 runs, earned three RBI, drew three walks, and stole one base. The rookie finished out the week strong in the team's final three games versus NEC hitting 11-for-13, as he went 4-for-4, 4-for-5 and 3-for-4. He also tallied eight scored runs, three RBI, one walk and one stolen base against the Pilgrims.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the NAC after taking all four games against UMaine-Farmington over the weekend. The Spartans dropped a pair of NAC contests against Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday before bouncing back with four wins over the Beavers on Friday and Saturday. Matt Jackson led Castleton with a .400 batting average on the week and scored the tying run and winning run in a come-from-behind victory in the final game against UMF. The Spartans will stay on the road for NAC doubleheaders at Colby-Sawyer and NEC on Monday and Wednesday, before returning home for a non-conference contest against Union Thursday. Castleton will complete the week with a home four-game series against Thomas on Saturday and Sunday.
Colby-Sawyer won all four of its games last week. The team began with a pair of impressive NAC victories at Castleton 2-1 and 2-0. The Chargers then earned a 5-3 road win at Daniel Webster before ending the week with a 9-6 comeback win at Norwich. The team is slated to play five conference doubleheaders this week.
UMaine-Farmington went 0-5 on the week.
Husson went 4-3 after sweeping Thomas on Wednesday and NEC on Sunday. The Eagles played back-to-back doubleheaders against the Pilgrims, dropping the first two on Saturday. Coming up this week, Husson will have two single nine inning games with the first at Colby on Tuesday and the second at home versus Bowdoin on Wednesday. The weekend will be bringing another pair of back-to-bac k doubleheaders, over at Lyndon this week.
Lyndon finished the week 4-1. The Hornets picked up an extra inning victory at New England College Tuesday, 5-4, to open up conference play before having the second game suspended due to darkness with the Hornets up 3-0 after four innings. Lyndon then traveled to Thomas for a four-game series on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets split with the Terriers on Friday before getting the sweep on Saturday. Devon Rollins recorded a hit every game this week while batting .389 with two home runs, seven runs scored, four RBI, and three stolen bases. Lyndon will host New England College Tuesday and Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday then travel to Colby-Sawyer on Thursday before hosting Husson for a four-game series this weekend.
New England College went 2-3 on the week, falling to Lyndon, before going 2-2 in a four-game series with Husson. Freshmen Aneury Lara and Luis Atiles both had eight hits apiece to lead the Pilgrims offensively. Senior pitcher Vincent Backert tossed a two-hit complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts in game one against Husson on Friday. The Pilgrims return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Lyndon to resume a game called to darkness and to play two more.
Thomas finished the week 1-5 in three conference doubleheaders. On Wednesday, the Terriers were swept by Husson, 11-0 and 4-3. Thomas began a four-game series with Lyndon on Friday where the two teams split the first two games, as Lyndon opened with a 7-5 win followed by a 5-4 victory for Thomas in game two. The Hornets took games three and four on Saturday to complete the series. Thomas will travel to Bowdoin on Monday, April 17, for a 4:15 p.m. non-conference game.