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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 3/11

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 3/11

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - Mar. 11

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Jacob Thompson, Oberlin

Oberlin’s Jacob Thompson (Corinth, TX/John H Guyer) had a sensational collegiate debut, helping the Yeomen to a pair of 8-7 wins over Capital University. The Corinth, Texas, native powered the Yeomen lineup by going 6-for-9 with two home runs, a triple, five RBI, and three runs scored. He amassed 14 total bases on the day. Tompson, who also had two stolen bases, went 4-for-5 in the lid-lifter with an RBI triple to score the game’s first run. He would later lead off the seventh with a solo home run that staked the Yeomen to a 6-4 lead at the time. At the plate in the nightcap, he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. He drove in the pair on a two-run home run in the fifth.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Zach Elsawy, Kenyon

Zach Elsawy (Aurora, OH/Aurora) was dominant on the mound in two appearances last week for the Lords. He posted a 0.69 earned run average, limited opponents to a .184 batting average and struck out 12 in 13 innings pitched. Elsawy currently has the most strikeouts among freshmen NCAC pitchers, ranking third overall.

Softball, Player of the Week – Grace Pilz, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Grace Pilz (Fox River Grove, IL/Cary Grove) continued her offensive onslaught to start the year. She batted .455 with 10 hits, two doubles and four homers in eight games. Pilz also produced a slugging percentage of 1.091 and drove in a team-high 12 RBI. She was also 56-for-56 in chances/putouts. She currently the NCAC leader in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage.

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Austen Whibley, Kenyon

Austen Whibley (Silver Springs, MD/Albert Einstein) went 4-0 in the circle last week as the Ladies improved their record to 10-2. In 21.0 innings pitched, Whibley produced 15 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.43. She currently leads the NCAC with 20 total strikeouts and ranks top-five in ERA.

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Alex Meehan, Hiram

Face-off specialist Alex Meehan (Columbus, OH/Kilbourne) helped the Terriers to a 9-8 overtime victory over Alfred St., winning 17-of-20 face-off attempts on the day. The performance marked the fourth-straight in which Meehan has held at least a 10-win difference over the opponent. Meehan set the Terriers up for victory, winning the final face-off of regulation with just one-minute remaining, and taking the only face-off in overtime, which set Hiram up for the game-winning goal just 30 seconds later.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Josee Clayton, Wittenberg

Josee Clayton (Perrysburg, OH/Perrysburg) helped the Tigers win back-to-back games last week with a six-goal performance against the Vikings of Augustana College before returning home and adding two goals and two assists in the Red and Whites 13-10 win over Carthage. On the week, Clayton scored 11 goals and dished out two assists in three games.

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Patrick McAuley, Wabash

Patrick McAuley (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) went undefeated in both singles (4-0) and doubles (4-0) play during the Little Giants’ spring break trip to Orlando, Florida and in the Wabash home match against Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sunday. Sunday’s match saw McAuley and teammate Jordan Greenwell record an 8-7 win at number one doubles with a score of 7-5 in the tiebreaker match. McAuley rallied from a one-set deficit after losing the opener 3-6 to Jimmy Engelhart to win the second set 7-6 (7-3) to force a third set tiebreaker. McAuley trailed 5-4 in the final set before winning the final three games to take a 7-5 victory at number one singles.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Sarah Duran, Wooster

Wooster’s Sarah Duran (Portland, OR/Northwest Academy) produced a 4-0 record last week, getting No. 2 singles victories against Calvin’s Madeline Brouwer (6-2, 6-3) and Capital’s Maria Sadek (6-0, 6-0). She also helped the Fighting Scots clinch two doubles matches against the Knights (8-4) and Crusaders (8-2).

Men's Golf Athletes of the Week – Colin Laszlo, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) tied for fourth at the Savannah Harbor Classic last week. The senior clubbed rounds of 72 and 73 (145), helping Wittenberg to a sixth-place finish among an 18-team field.

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week – Madi Wolters, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Madi Wolters (Centerville, OH/Centerville) paced the Tigers with a six-over-par 79 at the weather-shortened Callaway Garden’s Collegiate Invite in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Wolters tied for 12th among 88 athletes in the field.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Mar. 4 - Mar. 10)

Hiram, Baseball - With a 9-4 win over Rivier on Thursday morning, Head Coach Phil Brua captured his first-career victory with the Terrier baseball program. Brua is just the fifth Terrier coach for the program since 1960.

Hiram, Men’s Lacrosse - With a 9-8, overtime, win over Alfred St. Hiram is now off to its best start in program history (4-0). The Terriers also tied a program record with four-consecutive wins, and go for the school mark on Wednesday against Bethany College.

Kenyon, Softball - Ladies coach Erin O’Neill earned her 150th win at Kenyon during the team’s 6-0 victory against Elms College on March 6. 

Kenyon, Softball - Sophomore Grace Finn (Escondido, CA/Escondido) became just the fourth Lady all-time to drive in six RBI as she went 4-for-5 with a triple and a three-run bomb during Kenyon’s 11-4 victory against Martin Luther on March 9.