The Team of the Week is D3baseball.com's weekly honor roll, in its seventh 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 fourth Team of the Week of the 2018 season.
Games of February 26-March 4 2018
C Anthony DiPrizio, Jr., Saint Joseph's (Me.)
DiPrizio helped lead the Monks to a doubleheader sweep of King's (Pa.) by hitting .667 (4-for-6) with two runs, three doubles, and three RBIs while slugging 1.167 in the season-opening twinbill.
1B Paul Dobravec, So., Aurora
Dobravec led Aurora to a 3-0 week as he hit .500 (6-for-12) with a home run, two doubles, six runs batted in and five runs scored. He was perfect for 22 chances and participated on two double plays.
2B Dave Murphy, Sr., Mass.-Boston
In his first game back with the Beacons Murphy went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBIs, one double, with an inside-the-park home run in a 20-1 rout of Lasell.
SS Will Heurtin, Fr., Rhodes
Heurtin hit .467 (7-for-15) with a .733 slugging percentage on Rhodes' four-game week including the game-winning home run against Millsaps. He had a hit in each game ths week and is currently on a five-game hitting streak. He scoried six runs and tallying three runs batted in.
3B Jonathan Iaione, Sr., New York U.
Iaione knocked in 13 runs in four games last week, while hitting .455 (5-for-11). The senior third-baseman also walked four times and reached base at a .588 clip as the Violets opened the season with four-straight victories. Iaione's best game of the week came Saturday when he was 3-for-3 with a home run and eight RBI vs. SUNY Canton.
OF Tyler Cauley, So., Texas Lutheran
Cauley went a combined 6-for-12 (.500) with three runs scored and four runs driven home in this week's action for the Bulldogs.
OF Ben Sexton, Jr., Emory & Henry
Sexton hit .700 (7-for-10) for the week with a walk-off three-run home run on Saturday to give the Wasps their sixth-straight victory, He scored four runs and drove in seven, Sexton also stole three bases and also added a sac bunt and a sac fly.
OF Zack Walch, So., Berry
Hitting .700 (7-for-10) on the week, Walch led Berry to a 3-1 week of play. He finished with six runs, two stolen bases, two doubles and .900 slugging percentage to lead the Vikings on all fronts.
DH Keaton Boysen, Sr., Texas Lutheran
Coming off an injury to lead the Bulldogs with a .556 batting average, Keaton Boysen helped TLU secure a three-game sweep of the War Hawks in this week's action. Boysen went a combined 5-for-9 with five runs scored and four runs driven home.
SP Austin Heenan, Sr., Salisbury
Heenan pitched a complete game two-hit shutout on Tuesday against Virginia Wesleyan, striking out ten batters, walking three.
SP Spence Johns, Fr., Berry
Johns continued to be a dominant force on the mound for Berry this week, earning two more wins for Berry. Spence earned his first win of the week on the mound against Covenant on Tuesday night, tossing five innings while allowing just one hit and no runs, striking out seven Scots enroute to the 9-7 victory. He then tossed an additional six innings against Emory on Sunday, allowing just three hits and no runs, while striking out five Eagles.
SP Craig Prince, Sr., Otterbein
Spearheaded the first nine-inning no-hitter in Otterbein history, Prince struck out eight over six innings against NECC preseason favorite Mitchell before turning things over to his bullpen.
SP Kenny Sysyn, So., Marymount (Va.)
Sysyn took the mound in the second game of the seven-inning doubleheader on Sunday against Western Connecticut State, tossing his first collegiate complete game. In his seven innings on the hill, he fanned a career-high nine batters while giving up just one hit en route to the Saints' 11-1 victory.
RP Jack Ropelewski, So., Catholic
Ropelewski recorded his first career win and save this week after the Cardinals topped Washington College on Wednesday and Haverford on Saturday. Ropelewski faced nine batters in three innings and tossed four strikeouts for the midweek victory over the Shoreman. Ropelewski pitched the final 1.2 innings facing just 5 batters and recorded one strikeout for the save.