March 26, 2013

D3baseball.com Team of the Week

The Team of the Week is D3baseball.com's weekly honor roll, in its second season of recognizing the top performers at each of nine positions from the previous week. Players are selected from nominations from their school's sports information directors. This is the sixth Team of the Week of the 2013 season.

Through games of March 18-24, 2013

C Nick Bunce, Sr., Brockport St.

Bunce, in his second appearance in the D3baseball.com Team of the Week, hit .478 (11-for-23). He drove in eight and scored eight in B in six games. Bunce did not commit an error and threw out the only runner who attempted to steal.

1B Michael Morelli, Sr., Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)

Morelli batted .667 (14-for-21) with 17 RBI as the Knights went 3-3 on the week. During Sunday's doubleheader with Maritime, Morelli went 6-for-7 with four home runs, six runs, and seven RBI. He had a seven RBI in a single game against New Paltz on March 18.

2B Tom Rydzewski, So., Farmingdale State

Rydzewski batted .500 (5-for-10) in a 3-1 week for the Rams. He drove in five and scored once. Rydzewski drew four walks and stole four bases in four attempts.

SS  Joe Forcellini, So., Centenary (N.J.)

Forcellini went 8-for-11 in four games, adding two doubles, two triples, and a walk including a 4-4 performance in the win over Gwynedd-Mercy where he recorded both triples and a double to give the Cyclones their first win over the Griffins since the 2010 season.

3B  Bill Parave, Sr., Penn St.-Abington

Parave was phenomenal at the plate, batting .722 (13-for-18) with eight RBI, five runs scored, three doubles and two stolen bases while registering an on-base percentage of .750 and a slugging percentage of .889 to lead his squad to a 4-1 week. He also won a start on the mound after pitching all nine innings of the 5-4 game two victory, where he struck out two batters.

OF William Bissell, Jr., Gallaudet

Bissell, the NEAC Player of the Week, batted .429 (9-for-21) with two home runs, 10 RBIs, six runs and two stolen bases in six games last week for the Gallaudet University Bison in Florida during their Spring Break. He had the game-winning hit over Rowan to give the Bison their first-ever win over a nationally ranked team.

OF Quinlan Milne Rojek, Fr., Dominican (Ill.)

Rojek went 8-for-10 (.800) for the Stars in a weekend series with the Millikin Big Blue. The freshman raised his batting average .171 points to .371 as he hit for the cycle in the Stars' game one victory, going 6-for-6 at plate. For the day he collected five singles, a double, a triple and a home run while driving in six runs. He is the first player in program history to hit for the cycle.

OF Hayden Tsutsui, Fr., Carleton

Tsutsui, the MIAC Player of the Week, had multi-hit performances in all six of his team's games, batting .679 (19-for-28) with 8 extra-base hits (5 doubles, 3 homers) for a 1.179 slugging percentage. He had a .700 OBP with only one strikeout in 30 plate appearances, while accumulating 9 runs and 14 RBI.

DH  Phillip Windham, Jr., East Texas Baptist

Windham went 6-for-14 (.428) with two home runs and five RBIs over a 2-2 week for the Tigers. Windham also walked twice.

SP Bristan Clingaman, Sr., Concordia (TX)

Clingaman, the ASC-West Division Pitcher of the Week, threw the first nine-inning shutout since Pedro Maldonado accomplished the feat on April 16, 2011. In addition to striking out five, not issuing a walk and yielding only two hits, Clingaman only allowed one baserunner to reach second base to help the Tornados defeat Sul Ross State by a 6-0 score on Friday, March 22.

SP Andor Kesselman, Jr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripts

Kesselman pitched a three-hit shutout with a career high 12 strikeouts including 4 in one inning. On the season, leads team in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and ERA.

SP Steven Ramsdell, So., Allegheny

Ramsdell dominated from the mound over spring break, recording two complete-game shutouts and a no-hitter. The sophomore transfer no-hit Hamilton, in an 11-0, six-inning affair on Friday, March 13, striking out six. Earlier in the week, Ramsdell struck out a pair of batters and recorded a 1-0, complete game shutout against Plattsburgh State.

RP  Michael Grewe, So., Johns Hopkins

Grewe was phenomenal on the mound in relief for the Jays, totaling seven strikeouts and no earned runs in just three innings of work to notch his first and second career saves. He struck out five of the seven batters he faced against Wooster on March 19.

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