Fowler, D’Ambrosia, Pierce get weekly honors

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Member institutions of the Little East Conference, Centennial Conference and Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin picked up Hitter, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week recognition for April 2-8.

UMass-Boston senior infielder Chris Fowler batted .750 (12-16) and posted a 1.688 slugging percentage while racking up four doubles, one triple, three home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored in a 4-0 week for the ninth-ranked Beacons. The Barnstable, Mass., native started the week by going 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in an 11-9 win over Worcester State before going 5-for-5 with three solo homers in a 16-6 win over the Lancers two days later. He capped the week by going 5-for-9 with two doubles, one triple, three RBI and three runs scored in a conference sweep of Western Con­necticut.

Past Hitters of the Week: Tommy Epsaro, DeSales
                                            Daytona Bryden, UW-Whitewater
                                            Will Welsh, Lancaster Bible
                                            Carson Cox, Concordia (Texas)
                                            Ben Sexton, Emory and Henry
                                            Joesph Belarde, Iowa Wesleyan

Honorable Mention Hitter: Brennan Cotter, sr., 1B, Catholic - Recorded ten hits in 12 at-bats for a .833 batting average to help Catholic to a 3-1 week. Cotter added 10 RBIs and five runs over four games including five RBIs and three runs on two home runs and a double in the Cardinals series-opening win over the Blue Jays. The Oakland, N.J. native hit 3-of-3 in game two of the series while batting 2-of-3 in game three.

Sophomore Matt D’Ambrosia of Muhlenberg had a game for the Mules’ recordbook April 5. The Hightstown, N.J., native pitched a three-hit shutout, allowing just one free pass and fanning a career-best 15 in a 1-0 win against Dickinson. His 15 punch-outs were the most by a Muhlenberg pitcher in 31 years.

 Past Pitcher of the Week: Charlie Ruegger, Stevens
                                             Ryan Miller, Benedictine
                                             Colin Coffey, Luther
                                             Greg Schneider, Frostburg State
                                             Patrick Mayback, Salve Regina
                                             Jimi Keating, Spalding

Honorable Mention Pitcher: Max Bair, sr., Penn College - Tossed five no-hit innings before surrendering two hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout victory. He also struck out eight batters against Wells College to improve to 2-1 on the year.

Infielder Joel Pierce batted .750 (6-for-8) with one run, two doubles, one triple, five RBIs and a 1.250 slugging percentage for the Wheaton College of Illinois Thunder last week. The Centennial, Colo., native was 2-for-2 with one run, one double, two RBIs and two walks in a 12-1 win over Illinois Wesleyan on April 5. Pierce was then 2-for-3 with one triple, one RBI and one walk in a 3-2 win over the Titans in game one of a double header on April 7. He finished the weekend series going 2-for-3 with one double and two RBIs in game two against Illinois Wesleyan.

Past Rookie of the Week: Jack Layrisson, La Grange
                                            Shayne Audet, New England College
                                            Isaiah Ausby, Cavenovia
                                            Justin Provost, Rowan
                                            Justin Green, St. Mary's (Minn.)
                                            Tristen Luck, Methodist

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