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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Benedictine University of Illinois and New England College picked up Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week recognition for March 19-25.
HITTER OF WEEK
Senior outfielder Daytona Bryden lifted the Warhawks to a strong start to the 2018 season. The Rockford, Ill., native tallied four multi-hit games and hit for the cycle in one contest during the week. On March 25 against Grinnell College (Iowa), he led off the game with a home run, dropped down a bunt single in the fourth, hit a triple in the fifth and posted a double in the sixth to complete his cycle and finish 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Bryden collected four hits two days earlier against Lawrence University (Wis.) and reached base five times while tallying three runs scored and one run batted in. He also registered two hits each in wins over Hope College (Mich.) and No. 11-ranked Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.). For the week, he hit .650 (13-for-20) with two doubles, two triples, one home run, two walks, one stolen base, 12 runs scored and five runs batted in.
Past Hitters of the Week: Will Welsh, Lancaster Bible
Carson Cox, Concordia (Texas)
Ben Sexton, Emory and Henry
Joesph Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan
Honorable Mention Hitter: Tage Johnson, sr., INF, Houghton - Reached base safely in 14 of his 17 plate appearances (.824 on base percentage) on the week, going 7-for-10 with two doubles, a triple and a home run as the Highlanders won three of their four games. Johnson slugged 1.300 and added three walks, four hit-by-pitch, nine runs and eight RBI.
PITCHER OF WEEK
Benedictine University of Illinois sophomore starter Ryan Miller tied D3Baseball.com preseason top 10 ranked St. Thomas University of Minnesota in knots March 24. The Eldridge, Iowa, native retired 27-of-28 batters with a career-high 12 strikeouts in a complete game 1-0 one-hit shutout over the Tommies. He outdueled the MIAC Pitcher of the Year from last year in the process, setting down the first 14 batters of the game before allowing an infield hit and then went through the final 13. Only five outs were flyouts, including just four that reached the outfield.
Past Pitcher of the Week: Colin Coffey, Luther
Greg Schneider, Frostburg State
Patrick Mayback, Salve Regina
Jimi Keating, Spalding
Honorable Mention Pitcher: Trey Rampy, sr., Berry - Had a career performance in a victory over Hendrix. Rampy tossed a complete game three-hitter. He allowed no runs and struck out 16 hitters in the 1-0 win.
ROOKIE OF WEEK
New England College’s Shayne Audet turned in a sparkling effort in a 6-0 win over Lasell College during game one of a March 24 doubleheader. The Springfield, Mass., native continued his impressive season allowing just one hit and recording 13 strikeouts in the seven-inning complete game.
Past Rookie of the Week: Isaiah Ausby, Cavenovia
Justin Provost, Rowan
Justin Green, St. Mary's (Minn.)
Tristen Luck, Methodist
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