The Team of the Week is D3baseball.com's weekly honor roll, in its eighth 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 seventh Team of the Week of the 2019 season.
Games of March 18-24, 2019
C Casey Combs, Sr., East Texas Baptist
Combs had a strong week hitting .529 (9-for-17) with three home runs, a triple, seven RBIs, and nine runs scored. He stole five bases with three in a win over Hendrix. He slugged 1.176.
1B Preston Ludwick, So., Centenary (La.)
Ludwick was impressive at the plate for the Gents, going 10-for-12 (.833), slugging 1.500 and posting an .857 on base percentage in Centenary?s three-game series with Dallas. The sophomore hit for the cycle over the course of the weekend, driving in eight runs and scoring four more and stealing two bases.
2B Rocco Maue, Sr., Case Western Reserve
Maue batted .500 with three home runs and eight runs batted in, helping lead the Spartans to sweeps in a pair of doubleheaders last week. Maue was 8-for-16 at the plate with six runs, while also collecting a pair of triples, walking twice, stealing two bases on as many attempts, registering a pair of sacrifice flies, and was hit by a pitch as well during the weekend. Over the four games, he slugged 1.313, while reaching base at a .524 clip, while also playing flawless defense at second base.
SS Colin Dunn, Sr., Westfield St.
Dunn blasted a pair of home runs to lead the Owls to a 6-2 win at Coast Guard, then rapped out three more hits in a 14-2 win at Anna Maria. Finished the week hitting 6-for-9 (.667) at the plate, with two home runs, five runs scored and four RBI. Had a .727 on base average and a 1.333 slugging percentage.
3B Tom Pulcine, Sr., New Jersey City
Pulcine was always on base in a 2-1 week for NJCU. NJCU's leadoff hitter, had a .714 on-base percentage for the week and batted .636 (7-for-11), with four runs, two RBIs and two doubles, while walking three times. He posted an .818 slugging percentage for the week.
OF Brady Ballstadt, Sr., Piedmont
Ballstadt slashed .750/.810/1.125 on the week. With 12 hits in 16 at-bats, he hit four doubles, a triple, 5 RBIs, and nine runs scored. he was 2-for-3 in stolen bases with four walks.
OF Eric Marriott, Sr., Mitchell
Marriott batted a team-high .818 (9-for-11) with two homers, two doubles, six RBIs and nine runs scored last week to lead Mitchell to a 3-0 record. Marriott slugged 1.545 for the week and had an on-base percentage of .813.
OF Keegan Phillips, Jr., Allegheny
Phillips hit .692 with a 1.538 OPS in four games during Allegheny's trip to Tucson last week, hitting safely in nine-straight at-bats at one point. He was 9-for-13 for the week with 10 RBIs, two doubles, six runs and two steals.
DH Ryan Skadra, So., Bridgewater (Va.)
Skadra was 6-for-11 (.545) in three games against two of the top teams in the ODAC. He had a double and two homers to go with 3 RBIs and four runs scored. For the week, he had an on-base percentage of .615 and a slugging percentage of 1.273.
SP Will Grega, Sr., York (Pa.)
Grega had a tremendous week in his one start for the Spartans. Grega tossed a complete game shut-out allowing just one hit, which was a soft infield hit, while striking out a career high 13 batters and walking none in a 5-0 win over Penn State Harrisburg. Grega faced just one batter over the minimum in the game in his first career complete game.
SP Deauton Delgado, Sr., Louisiana College
Delgado threw the second no-hitter in program history as Louisiana College swept #11 Concordia (Texas) over the weekend. He shut down the Tornado offense and only allowed four total base runners on three walks and one hit batter. He struck out five along the way with his win securing the Wildcats first series victory over Concordia since the Wildcats joined the American Southwest Conference.
SP Zack Durant, Jr., Cortland
Durant pitched seven hitless and scoreless innings in Cortland's 9-0 win versus Plattsburgh to open the Red Dragons' three-game SUNYAC series with the Cardinals in Georgia. He struck out six batters and walked three. His bid for a no-hitter ended when he was pulled from the nine-inning game after seven frames due to his 101-pitch count and the game ended as a one-hit combined shutout.
SP Brian Johnson, Sr., Springfield
Johnson had an impressive week as he became the only pitcher in program history to throw multiple no hitters in a career, as he picked up his first win of the season on Sunday, a no-hit effort against Emerson. Against the Lions, Johnson was hitless through nine innings, as he also struck out nine batters on the afternoon, including the first three of the game.
RP Taber Carter, So., Elmira (N.Y.)
Logged the best outing of his career on Sunday at Stevens, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings without giving up a hit. He held a Stevens team that outscored Elmira 27-1 over the final two games of the series off of the scoreboard. In an outing that doubled his previous career high for innings pitched in a game, he walked the first batter he faced and then retired 12 in a row, including two by strikeout.