May 6, 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 twelfth Team of the Week of the 2013 season.

Through games of April 29 - May 5, 2013

C  Spencer Dubois, So., Cal Lutheran

Spencer DuBois was Cal Lutheran's best two-way player during its 2013 SCIAC Tournament title run. The sophomore was the leading hitter, going 5-for-9 (.556 avg) with a double, a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored. DuBois was also a standout behind the plate as he caught all three games without a single error and made 24 putouts with an assist. The catcher had an RBI in game one, was 3-for-3 in game two and notched a hit and scored a run in the tournament championship game.

1B  Brett Ossola, Sr., Case Western Reserve

Ossola batted .467 (7-of-15) during a 3-1 week for the Spartans with three home runs, a double and nine RBI. In a doubleheader sweep of No. 9 nationally-ranked Marietta on Saturday, May 4, Ossola hit a career-high three homers and matched a personal best with seven RBI in the opener.

2B  Kyle Bosquez, Sr., Ripon

Bosquez helped Ripon clinch hosting rights for the 2013 MWC Championship, as the team finished the conference schedule with a 14-2 record. In five games last week, Bosquez hit .520 (13-for-25) with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBI. He also scored 13 runs and stole one base during the week. His signature game came in a 22-6 win over Carroll, which saw him go 4-for-6 with two homers, one double, five RBI and five runs scored.

SS  Alex Vescera, Sr., Franklin & Marshall

Vescera came up big for the Diplomats when they needed it most, delivering a key two-RBI single in the top of the ninth inning in Saturday's 5-4, 11-inning triumph over Gettysburg. The senior shortstop tallied a bases-clearing, three-RBI double to give F&M a 5-0 lead in the second inning en route to a 16-1 championship win over #6 Johns Hopkins, giving F&M its first Centennial Conference title since 2006. Vescera finished the week batting .294 (5-for-17) with five important RBI.

3B  Jordan Nieman, Jr., Manchester

Nieman, The HCAC Player of the Week, led the Spartans offense during the week, finishing 6-for-14 (.429) at the plate with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBI. Nieman had a slugging percentage of 1.143 during the stretch and increased his current hit streak to 11 games.

OF  Pat Cody, Sr., Gettysburg

Cody hit .555 (11-for-20) and scored six runs in a 3-2 week for Gettysburg. He hit .500 in the Centennial Conference Tournament and went 3-for-4 in the team’s opening-round first-round win over Haverford. Cody finished his career ranked third in school history in career hits (184) as he helped the Bullets to a school-record 30 victories.

OF  Liam O'Connor, Fr., Brandeis

O'Connor batted .556 (5-for-9) on the week with three RBI, He had a walk-off hit in an upset win over MIT and drove in two of three Brandeis runs.

OF  Tucker White, Southern Maine

White led Southern Maine to a 4-1 mark last week by hitting .562 (9-for-16) with nine RBI. The senior, who hit safely in each of his five games including two multiple-hit games, recorded a double, his eighth triple of the year, and a home run to post a .938 slugging percentage.

DH Jarod Nanna, Sr., Thiel

Nanna went 6-for-10 (.600) with five RBI in the three-game sweep of the St. Vincent Bearcats. On Friday, Nanna went 2-for-4 at the plate, crushing his PAC-leading sixth home run in the Tomcats 6-4 win over St. Vincent in the win … He followed that up by going 4-for-4 in game two of the three game set, as his two-run triple gave the Tomcats the lead for good in their 11-5 win.

SP  Derrek Capiak, So., Mt. Aloysius College

Capiak, the AMCC Pitcher of the Week, picked up his 9th win of the season in game one of the first round of the AMCC playoffs. The sophomore pitched a complete game, allowing just 2 hits and no runs while striking out 11 batters to help the Mounties defeat Penn St. Altoona.
    
SP  Michael Kaufman, Fr., Wheaton (Ill.)

Kaufman guided Wheaton (Ill.) to a 6-1 win at Carthage on Friday as he tossed a complete game four-hitter against the Red Men, on just 86 pitches in nine innings, with three strikeouts and no walks. Kaufman's first appearance of the week was one inning of work to earn a save in Wheaton's 9-8 victory against Millikin on Tuesday night.

SP  Brendan DeMond, Sr., Franklin & Marshall

DeMond became the first player in Centennial Conference history to record a pair of victories in the conference tournament, defeating sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins twice to lead Franklin & Marshall to its first title since 2006. Pitching on just one day of rest after a complete-game, four-hit shutout in F&M's 3-0 opening-round triumph over Hopkins on Friday, DeMond returned to the rubber on Sunday with an NCAA bid on the line, fanning six batters and allowing just one run on six hits en route to Tournament MVP honors. Throughout his 14 innings of work over the weekend, the senior righthander totaled 12 strikeouts, allowed only one run and held the Blue Jays to 10 hits.

RP  Alex Weingarten, Fr., Farmingdale State

Weingarten, the Skyline Conference Player of the Week and Skyline Tournament's Most Valuable Player, earned the win in the semifinals against Old Westbury after tossing four hitless innings, walking one batter and striking out three. In the conference final vs. Old Westbury, Weingarten recorded the save after allowing no runs on three hits, with four strikeouts over the final four innings of the game.

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