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2019 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week

May 6th      
Brad Baldinger, Denison
(Massapequa, NY/Massapequa)

Denison’s Brad Baldinger batted .818 last week in three games, going 9-for-11 at the dish. The junior collected multiple hits in each of the Big Red’s three games, including a 4-for-4 effort in game two of a doubleheader against Oberlin where he hit a home run, scored three runs and knocked in five RBI. On the week, Baldinger collected seven RBI and scored five runs.
Evan Faxon, Wooster
(Cleveland Hts., OH/Hawken School)

Wooster sophomore Evan Faxon pitched 12 shutout innings last week, during which he scattered six hits and struck out six. The left-hander dominated against Kenyon pitching 8 1/3 innings on Saturday in a game won by Wooster, 1-0. Faxon allowed three hits and struck out four Lords. Earlier in the week, Faxon posted 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief against Wittenberg.
April 29th      
Garrett Crum, Wooster
(Alliance, OH/Canton South)

Wooster senior Garrett Crum upped his hitting streak to 21 games during Saturday’s sweep over ninth-ranked Denison. Crum went 6-for-9 with three doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored, as the Fighting Scots moved into first-place in the NCAC. Overall, Crum was 10-for-14 over three games last week with four doubles and three RBI. During his hitting streak, Crum has recorded a remarkable .563 average (49-for-87) with 33 RBI and 26 runs scored.
Tanner Griggs, Wittenberg
(Pickerinton, OH/Central)

Wittenberg sophomore right-hander Tanner Griggs was dominant in a pair of NCAC wins last week. On Monday, he struck out a career-high 13 and allowed just one run on one hit in 7.2 innings of work in a win over Kenyon. He followed that performance up by striking out nine and allowing just one run on three hits in 8.0 innings of work in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Allegheny. In the two starts combined, Griggs struck out 22 batters and allowed just one earned run on six hits in 15.2 innings of work for a minuscule 0.57 ERA.  
April 22nd      
   Erich Lange, Wabash
(Hamilton, OH/Fairfield) 

Wabash’s Erich Lange batted .556 in four games last week to lift the Little Giants to a pair of series sweeps over Ohio Wesleyan and Oberlin. The senior catcher collected 10 hits in 18 at bats with three doubles, three home runs, and 12 RBI. In the Little Giants’ 17-12 game one victory Sunday over Oberlin, he went 5-for-5 at the plate to tie the Wabash record for hits in a single game and drove in seven runs, including a three-run home run.
Andrew Hill, Wooster
(New Albany, OH/Fork Union Military Academy (VA))

Wooster sophomore Andrew Hill fired the 13th no-hitter in program history on Sunday during the 11th-ranked Fighting Scots’ win over Allegheny. It’s Wooster’s first no-hitter since Kyle Cunningham-Rhoads’ perfect game at Hiram on April 15, 2012. 
April 15th      
Mason Davis, Wittenberg
(Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes)

Wittenberg’s Mason Davis propelled the Tiger offense with a .455 average on the week, collecting four extra-base hits and scoring six runs. In game one against Oberlin, the sophomore tallied a 3-for-5 game, ending with a double, home run and five RBI.
  Nathan Chandler, Kenyon
(New York, NY/Stuyvesant)

Kenyon’s Nathan Chandler compiled a 2-0 record last week on the mound for the Lords. Against DePauw, Chandler went six innings, allowed two hits, and no runs while striking out eight. On the week, he pitched eight innings, struck out 10, allowed just two hits and didn’t allow a run.
April 8th      

Will Krushena, Denison
(Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) 

Denison’s Will Krushena led No. 18/23 Denison to a 6-0 week in conference play. He was 10-for-25 (.400) with seven RBI, three doubles and one home run. The junior has hit safely in every game this season and is currently riding a 23-game hitting streak. Denison’s longest hitting streak is 27 games (Charlie Apfelbach, 2013). At 21-2, Denison is off to its best start in program history.

Chandler Dippman, Wooster
(Waterville, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) 

Wooster senior Chandler Dippman went 2-0 on the week for the 10th-ranked Fighting Scots. The utility ace logged a minuscule 0.75 ERA over 12 innings of work. Dippman was lifted after five innings of four-hit shutout baseball during Wooster’s win over Hiram on Wednesday and returned to the mound three days later against Ohio Wesleyan. Dippman went the distance against the Battling Bishops allowing one run on five hits. Dippman, known for being a pitch-to-contact hurler, struck out six on the week.
April 1st      
  Dan Harwood, Wooster
(Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.)

Wooster junior Dan Harwood had himself a day during the eighth-ranked Scots’ 8-7 win over longtime rival Marietta College on Wednesday. The designated hitter lifted a payoff pitch out to left center for a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth inning and added a no-doubter solo shot to right during the third inning as part of his 3-for-3, five RBI game. Harwood also scored three runs in the game.
Sean Kealey, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin)

Allegheny’s Sean Kealey tossed his first career complete game to help the Gators open NCAC play with a 3-2 win over Wabash. The junior held the Little Giants to just six hits and two runs while striking out seven as he improved to 3-2 this year. The NCAC strikeout leader had his second-straight six-hit, two-run performance and has seen his ERA drop from 5.82 to 4.09 over his last two starts. 
March 25th      
  Tommy Cannon, Allegheny
(Hermitage, PA/Hickory)

Allegheny senior Tommy Cannon recorded a .727 batting average with a 1.751 OPS in four games last week. He hit safely in all four games, with three multi-hit games, going 8-for-11 with two doubles, six walks, nine runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases. In extending his reached base safely streak to 13 games, Cannon went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, three runs and an RBI versus Hamline before going 4-for-4 with four walks, a double, six runs, three RBI and a stolen base in a doubleheader split against Grinnell. In the Tucson finale against Augsburg, Cannon finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base.
  Taylor Perrett, Denison
(Battle Creek, MI/Lakeview)

Denison sophomore Taylor Perrett posted a season-high nine strikeouts in a 5-0 shutout of Williams College on Saturday. This marked the second-most strikeouts for his career and helped the Big Red post their hottest start in program history at 13-2. On the week, Perrett threw 11 innings of scoreless ball, striking out 12 and only walking one batter.
March 18th      
Patrick O’Leary, Kenyon
(Killingsworth, CT/Choate)

Kenyon’s Patrick O’Leary produced 13 hits and a .520 batting average across six games and 25 at-bats last week for the Lords. The junior scored eight runs and tallied at least one run in all six games. He batted in nine runners and had six extra-base hits including two doubles, two triples and two home runs. The Lords went 5-1 on the week and improved to 11-4 on the season.

Grant Rademacher, DePauw
(Munster, IN/Munster) 

DePauw’s Grant Rademacher threw seven no-hit innings in a 12-1 win over Calvin. The senior recorded 11 strikeouts while walking none en route to earning his second pitching victory of the season.

March 11th      

Jacob Thompson, Oberlin
(Corinth, TX/John H Guyer)

Oberlin’s Jacob Thompson 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.

Zach Elsawy, Kenyon
(Aurora, OH/Aurora)

Zach Elsawy 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. 
March 4th      
  Will Krushena, Denison
(Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day)

Denison junior Will Krushena clubbed an extra-base hit in each of the Big Red’s three victories last week. The infielder knocked in six runners and scored two of his own. He also was perfect in the field, recording 20 putouts, 2 assists and helped turn two double plays.
  Grant Rademacher, DePauw
(Munster, IN/Munster)

DePauw’s Grant Rademacher threw seven innings of one-run baseball, picking up the pitching victory in a 10-1 win over Mt. St. Jospeh. The senior allowed just four hits, struck out seven and walked none while on the hill. 
February 25th
  Gage Carpenter, Wittenberg
(Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills)

Wittenberg second baseman, Gage Carpenter, slugged a pair of extra-base hits in the Tigers 8-5 season-opening victory at Earlham. Carpenter produced a double, a triple, two walks and a sacrifice fly in his five plate appearances. The sophomore ended the day with three RBI. 
  Tanner Griggs, Wittenberg
(Pickerington, OH/Pickerington Central) 

Wittenberg sophomore Tanner Griggs picked up the pitching victory in an 8-5 season-opening win at Earlham. The right-hander tossed four innings of six-hit, three-run ball, striking out four batters.