2015 NESCAC Baseball Players of the Week

Player of the Week - March 16, 2015
Evan Abraham

Evan Abraham
Trinity College
Senior • Outfielder • Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Abraham got off to a torrid start, hitting. 667 with four extra-base hits and three RBI as the Bantams won their first three games of their spring trip in Florida. In the season opener, he went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a 9-6 victory versus Western New England. In a doubleheader sweep of Worcester State, Abraham went a combined 4-for-6 with three doubles, a triple, three runs scored and three RBI. 

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Pitcher of the Week - March 16, 2015
Tim Superko

Tim Superko
Tufts University
Sophomore • Wellesley, Mass.

Superko was masterful in his eight innings allowing two hits and striking out eight to get the win against Castleton State on Friday. He retired 10 batters in a row from the third inning through the top of the sixth, and ended his debut outing retiring seven of the final nine batters he faced without a hit. Tufts won 3-0.

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Player of the Week - March 23, 2015
Dylan Sinnickson

Dylan Sinnickson
Middlebury College
Senior • Outfielder • Sands Point, N.Y.

Sinnickson is off to a red-hot start for Middlebury, going 7-for-13 (.538) with four homers in the team’s first four games. Sinnickson has driven in eight runs, scored five and added a triple to his early season start. Against Saint John’s, he went 4-for-5 with two homers, four RBI and two runs scored. His slugging percentage in the four games was 1.615.

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Pitcher of the Week - March 23, 2015
Gavin Pittore

Gavin Pittore
Wesleyan University
Junior • Roslindale, Mass.

Pittore tossed a complete-game seven-hitter against Pomona-Pitzer, which was 16-5 entering the game, allowing just two runs with one walk and five strikeouts. The Cardinals built an early 7-1 lead and coasted in behind Pittore in the final game of their western swing. The Sagehens had scored nine runs versus Wesleyan in the first game of the doubleheader. 

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Player of the Week - March 30, 2015
Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts
Williams College
Sophomore • Infielder • Vineyard Haven, Mass.

Roberts batted .481 with a .516 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage over a 5-2 week for the Ephs, driving in 10 runs and scoring 10 runs, and stealing three bases without getting caught. In the three-game Middlebury series that Williams swept, Roberts was 8-for-11 (.727 BA) with five RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases.

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Co-Pitcher of the Week - March 30, 2015
Andrew David

Andrew David
Tufts University
Junior • Pacific, Mo.

David pitched a six-hit, nine-inning shutout against Bowdoin on Friday to give Tufts a split of its NESCAC East doubleheader in a 6-0 win. He did not walk a batter. The shutout was the third of his career, but first since his rookie season. Only three Bowdoin baserunners reached second base and none made it to third against him.

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Player of the Week - March 23, 2015

 

Co-Pitcher of the Week - March 30, 2015
Henry Van Zant

Henry Van Zant
Bowdoin College
Senior • Westport, Conn.

Van Zant tossed a seven-inning complete game, allowing just four hits and no earned runs in a Friday victory over Tufts. Van Zant struck out three and walked none in the victory to improve to 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA this season.

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Player of the Week - April 6, 2015
Andrew Vandini

Andrew Vandini
Amherst College
Junior • Infielder • Walpole, Mass.

Vandini helped lead the Jeffs to a 4-0 week as Amherst outscored its opponents 70-23 with two 20-plus run performances. The junior went 10-for-16 (.625) from the plate with a .727 on-base percentage and 1.125 slugging percentage. He totaled 16 RBI in just four games, including eight in one game as he went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and two runs scored in a 20-10 win over Middlebury. Earlier in the week, Vandini drove in the game-winning run in a 10-9 win versus Bates. He finished the week with two home runs and six walks.

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Pitcher of the Week - April 6, 2015
Soren Hanson

Soren Hanson
Colby College
Junior • Billerica, Mass.

Hanson turned in a clutch performance on the mound for the Mules in the second game of their series against Trinity. One day after the Bantams recorded a walk-off win, Hanson tossed a four-hit shutout in a 7-0 win on Saturday. After working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, he settled in and only allowed one runner to reach second base for the rest of the game. He struck out six and walked two in the complete game. Hanson has not given up an earned run in his two starts, pitching 12 innings and allowing the opponent to hit just .163. In the second game Saturday, he played first base and was 1-for-3 (double) with two runs scored and a stolen base. 

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Player of the Week - April 13, 2015
Andrew Haser

Andrew Haser
Hamilton College
Sophomore • Third Base • Newton, Mass.

Haser hit .538 as the Continentals took two out of three games at Middlebury over the weekend. Haser went 7-for-13 with two doubles, scored four runs, drove in three more and handled 14 chances in the field without an error. In Sunday’s 5-1 win, he tied a career high with three hits and scored twice. He went 2-for-4 with one double in both games on Saturday with two RBI in the nightcap as Hamilton evened the series.

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Pitcher of the Week - April 13, 2015
Henry Van Zant

Henry Van Zant
Bowdoin College
Senior • Westport, Conn.

Van Zant became the first pitcher to shut out Wesleyan this season, tossing a complete game 1-0 victory on Saturday. In a pitchers’ duel, the senior hurler induced Cardinal hitters into three double plays over the course of the seven-inning game, which was scoreless through the first six innings. Van Zant scattered eight hits while striking out four and walking one in the complete game win that dropped his ERA to 1.32 on the season. 

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Player of the Week - April 20, 2015
Andrew Vandini

Andrew Vandini
Amherst College
Junior • Infielder • Walpole, Mass.

Vandini played a crucial role in the team’s 5-1 week, as he went 11-for-26 (.423) from the plate with a .483 on-base percentage, a .769 slugging percentage and nine runs scored. The junior hit two home runs in that span, and recorded two four-RBI games, as he had 10 total. Vandini also drove in two game-winning runs against Hamilton. In game one of the weekend series, tied at 3-3, he hit a RBI single as the Jeffs went on to win, 5-3. The following day, he cleared the bases with a three-RBI double to left center to break a 2-2 tie as Amherst claimed game two of the series, 5-2. Vandini also went 4-for-5 against Framingham State earlier in the week, with four RBI, two doubles, one home run and five runs scored as the Jeffs claimed a decisive 18-9 victory. 

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Pitcher of the Week - April 20, 2015
Sam Elias

Sam Elias
Wesleyan University
Senior • Ridgewood, N.J.

In two appearances during the Cardinals’ 4-0 week, Elias continued his outstanding run by throwing 2.2 innings of hitless action to post his third save of the year in a 4-3 win over Salve Regina. Three of his eight outs came via strikeout. In his start against Middlebury, Elias went seven innings, touched for just two hits and no runs with 11 strikeouts and one walk as he improved to 5-0 on the year. He has now gone seven innings in each of his four starts, all wins. For the week, he threw 9.2 innings with a 0.00 ERA and an opposing batting average of .063. 

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Player of the Week - April 27, 2015
Bryan Egan

Bryan Egan
Tufts University
Senior • Catcher/Designated Hitter • Watervliet, N.Y.

While hitting .462 with a home run, five RBI and five runs scored in four games during the week, Egan had two RBI in Tufts’ 5-0 win over Bates on Saturday which clinched a spot in the NESCAC Championship for the Jumbos. His two-run single in the bottom of the first got the Jumbos going. He then scored twice in the second game against Bates on Saturday as Tufts secured first place in the East Division.

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Pitcher of the Week - April 27, 2015
Sam Elias

Sam Elias
Wesleyan University
Senior • Ridgewood, N.J.

Making three appearances during a 3-2 week, Elias had a tremendous outing versus Amherst as the Cardinals swept the three-game NESCAC West series to repeat as Little Three champs and divisional winners. He logged a nine-inning, complete-game, three-hit shutout with no walks and three strikeouts. He also had two relief appearances, getting six outs without a hit allowed and three more strikeouts. For the week, he had a 0.00 ERA and an opposing BA of .091. He has not allowed a run in his last 25 IP over a seven-game stretch.

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Player of the Week - May 4, 2015
Nate Pajka

Nate Pajka
Bates College
Senior • Outfielder • Douglas, Mass.

Pajka hit two home runs to help Bates post a three-game series against Trinity to clinch the second seed in the NESCAC East Division. He started the weekend with a first-inning grand slam in Friday’s 6-4 victory. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Pajka scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the sixth. He then hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first of the second game to put the Bobcats on the board early. On the week, he hit .412 (7-for-17) with two homers, nine RBI and a .765 slugging percentage. Pajka has 16 homers in his career.

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Pitcher of the Week - May 4, 2015
Will Levangie

Will Levangie
Bates College
Senior • Frederick, Mass.

The righthander helped Bates complete the three-game sweep of Trinity it needed to finish second in the NESCAC East Division on Saturday, as he threw a seven-inning, complete-game shutout in a 3-0 victory in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Levangie allowed three hits and one walk while striking out a career-high nine.

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Player of the Week - May 11, 2015
Andrew Yin

Andrew Yin
Wesleyan University
Senior • Second Baseman • Potomac, Md.

Yin had one of the strongest games of his career during the deciding contest of the NESCAC Championship as he went 3-for-5 with all his hits doubles. He scored Wesleyan’s first two runs in the fifth and seventh innings of the 4-3, 12-inning win over Amherst for the title, and dropped his third double of the game on the right-field line in the ninth inning to drive in the tying run to send the game into extra innings. During the tournament, Yin hit .444 (8-for-18) while hitting safely in all four games, improving his current hitting streak to eight games. He now has 201 career hits, becoming just the second Cardinal to hit the double-century mark.

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Pitcher of the Week - May 11, 2015
Riley Streit

Riley Streit
Amherst College
Junior • Oxford, Conn.

Streit tossed 7.2 innings in three games and picked up two saves against Tufts (5-2) and Bates (6-5). He did not allow a run and only surrendered three hits, while striking out nine batters. Against Tufts, he tossed 3.0 innings, gave up one hit and struck out three batters. Facing elimination against Bates, Streit pitched in relief and tossed 3.0 innings, allowed one hit, struck out four and did not walk a batter. He concluded the weekend with a 1.2 inning performance in Game 7 against Wesleyan. He allowed just one hit, zero walks and struck out two. 

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