April 30, 2013

ECAC Baseball Players of the Week (for week ending April 28, 2013)

Division I

Player of the Week

Alex Close – Liberty University

Sophomore, First Base/Catcher, Hoover, Ala.

Close batted .435 with 10 hits and 14 RBI to lead the Flames to a 4-1 record last week, including a series sweep over League foe VMI.  The first baseman posted multiple hits and multiple RBI in four of the five games he played, including three hits, six RBI and a grand slam against Old Dominion on April 24.  He highlighted the series against VMI with a pair of hits, four RBI and double in game one of the doubleheader on April 27.  He finished the week with two doubles, two home runs and a stolen base in the five-game span.

Pitcher of the Week

Donny Murray – College of the Holy Cross

Sophomore, Walpole, Mass.

Murray was dominant against Army on Sunday, pitching a one-hit seven-inning shutout to lead the Crusaders to a 2-0 victory that clinched the Patriot League regular-season title and top seed in the upcoming League Tournament. Murray gave up his only hit in the fifth inning while walking two and striking out five to pick up his fifth win of the season and first career shutout.

Division II

Player of the Week

Scott Schlapinski – Salem International University

Sophomore, Infield, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Schlapinski combined for 7-for-16 (.438) in six games played for Salem International. The sophomore had a home run and four doubled for four RBI's.

Pitcher of the Week

No Qualified Candidates Submitted.



 Division III – New England


Player of the Week

Donnie Cimino – Wesleyan University

Sophomore, Center Field, Westwood, N.J.

Cimino had a monster three-game series vs. Amherst as Wesleyan secured both the NESCAC West title and the Little Three crown by taking two of three contests. Cimino went 8-for-12 (.667) over the three games while driving in four of the Cardinals’ 10 runs and scoring two others. He accounted for both of Wesleyan runs in a 2-1 opening-day victory with a double and run scored in the 7th inning to tie the game, and the game-winning single to bring home the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. He also drove in the Cardinals’ third run in the 3-0 win.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Kevin Keith – Colby-Sawyer College
Junior, Quincy, Mass.

Keith led the Chargers in a 6-2 week with two wins and a save. He threw two complete game shutouts and tossed a scoreless inning to close a game out. He struck out 16 in 15 innings pitched and surrendered just nine hits and two walks. He lowered his team leading ERA to 0.95 on the season and improved to 8-1 with a pair of saves. 


Matt DiCato – Framingham State

Junior Winthrop, Mass.

DiCato posted pair of wins and two saves in four appearances in 5-2 week for Rams. Lost perfect game with two outs in seventh on hit in 6-0 victory over MCLA and tossed three-hit shutout in 1-0 triumph over Bridgewater State. He saved both ends of the twin bill sweep at Salem State.

Division III – Upstate

Player of the Week

Chris Roeder – St. John Fisher College

Junior, Infield, Victor, N.Y.

Roeder led St. John Fisher to a 5-1 week with a .545 batting average (12-for-22) and seven RBI. He is currently on a seven-game hitting streak with multiple hit games in four of his last five. Roeder also scored seven times and stole two bases with three walks.

Pitcher of the Week

Max Martins – Skidmore College

Senior, Newton, Mass.

Martins tossed his second straight complete game nine-inning Liberty League shutout, beating league leader Union, 4-0. It was the first time Union had been shutout in 20 games and the first time in Liberty League play. He allowed no runs on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts. He has not allowed a run (earned or unearned) in his last 18 innings.


Division III – Metro

Player of the Week

Jonathan Pagan – SUNY Old Westbury
Sophomore, Center Field, Westbury, N.Y.


Pagan batted .416 (5-for-12) with four runs scored and four RBI ad Old Westbury won all four of its games on the week and secured the No. 2 seed in this week’s Skyline Championship. He scored three runs, stole three bases and walked twice on Apr. 23 in the Panthers’ 10-0 victory against CCNY. Pagan’s two-run double proved to be the difference on Apr. 27 as OW edged Purchase, 4-1 and went 4-for-6 with four RBI in the Panthers’ two wins over Purchase. He amassed six steals and two walks on the week. 

Pitcher of the Week

Frank Baldini – Ramapo College 

Senior, Old Bridge, N.J.

Baldini becomes the second different Roadrunner to earn NJAC Pitcher of the Week honors after leading No. 19 ranked Ramapo to a 12-0 NJAC victory over Rutgers-Camden. In a game that the Roadrunners needed to secure an NJAC Tournament berth, he tossed a three-hit shutout, walking just one Scarlet Raptor while striking out seven during the complete-game victory. Baldini currently ranks 16th in the NJAC in opposing batting average (.233).

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Josh Staniscia – Washington & Jefferson College

Junior, Outfield, Export, Pa.

Staniscia batted .563 (9-16) in four games last week for Washington & Jefferson (3-1). He recorded a trio of three-hit games, all coming against teams ranked in the top six of the Mideast region. Staniscia also drove in six and scored five times.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Matt Spillman – Neumann University

Senior, Sewell, N.J.

Spillman had a clutch performance against a conference rival for the #2 seed in the upcoming CSAC tournament. Spillman went the distance pitching nine innings, striking out 8, walking one and allowing only one run, unearned in the 4-1 win over Gwynedd-Mercy College.


Brandon Holsworth – Gallaudet University

Sophomore, Beal City, Mich.

Holsworth tossed a complete-game two-hitter against the playoff-bound Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lions Saturday, allowing no earned runs and striking out six batters in the 8-1victory. The win helped finish the sweep of Harrisburg during their doubleheader that helped secure the NEAC regular season championship and the right to host this weekend’s conference tournament. Holsworth has now tossed a conference-most six complete games and has the second-most wins (5) and strikeouts (47).