Tyler Orris (Millersville) leads off for the 2013 Dutchmen.
Ben Klimesh, Cincinnati Reds organization- Klimesh anchored the bullpen for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Trinity University product, who played for Albany in 2010, saved three games in as many appearances, allowing just one hit over 3.2 innings. Two of Klimesh’s saves — a Monday win over Birmingham and a Sunday win over Biloxi — came with just a one-run lead. Four of Klimesh’s five outings have ended without runs scoring, and the Wilmette, Illinois native has recorded a 1.59 ERA over 5.2 innings.
Jon Leroux, New York Mets organization- The 2009 Dutchmen star, who now plays for the Class-A Savannah Sand Gnats, hit safely in all six games last week. The designated hitter drove in five runs on the week, buoyed by a two-run double and a game-winning groundout in the eighth inning on Monday. Leroux added a two-run homer in the seventh inning of a Sunday victory. Leroux’s 11 runs batted in is currently best on the team.
Drew Tolson, Baylor- The 2014 Dutchmen Pitcher of the Year won two games for the Bears last week, allowing just one earned run over 11.1 total innings. Tolson got the win in a Monday victory over ranked Oklahoma State, in a game that began on Sunday before suspension due to the weather. Tolson allowed just two hits and an unearned run over 5.1 innings as the Bears topped the Cowboys, 2-1. Tolson then tossed six innings against Kansas State on Friday, allowing one run on six hits. The two wins gave Tolson three on the year.
Liam Conboy, Susquehanna- Conboy, an incoming Dutchmen pitcher, made a pair of relief appearances last week for the Crusaders, earning his fifth and sixth saves. In his two innings of work, Conboy did not allow a hit, and surrendered just one unearned run as a result of two Susquehanna errors. Conboy’s saves gave the Crusaders a pair of 4-3 victories in their final home games of the season. Conboy’s six saves came in nine appearances, as the righty recorded a 2.38 ERA, good for second best on the team.
James Locklear, Rider- The 2014 Albany outfielder led the Broncs to a 4-0 week, as Rider ascended to the top of the MAAC standings. Locklear’s week began with a 3-for-4 day on Tuesday, driving in two runs and scoring two more. He drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning of a game Rider would win in the tenth. In Rider’s three-game sweep of Iona, Locklear scored a run in the opener, and drove in a run on a single in the finale. The outfielder, who hit .438 on the week, is second on the team with a .275 average and has stolen ten bases.
Tyler Fries, Wilmington- Fries, who pitched for the Dutchmen in 2014, worked four games last week, picking up a save in four scoreless innings, continuing a stellar senior season leading Wilmington to a 30-9 record and an undefeated conference record. In four one-inning appearances, Fries struck out six hitters and allowed four hits, with no runs scoring. In 24 innings this season, Fries has allowed just two runs, good for a 0.75 ERA and nine saves. The right-hander has struck out 27 hitters over the 20 appearances for the Wildcats.
Tyler Orris, Millersville- Orris, an infielder on the 2013 Albany Dutchmen, had a monster week for Millersville, hitting .588 with 12 runs scored and RBIs in a 5-0 week. His week began with four RBIs and four runs scored on Thursday, including two home runs. He added another home run on Friday, and drove in the only run of the game in a 1-0 win on Saturday. Orris, who has hit .397 with five home runs and a team-high 56 runs scored, has helped the Marauders to a 38-9 record, including a 22-6 mark in conference.
Zach Remillard, Coastal Carolina- Remillard, a Dutchmen player from the 2012 and 2013 seasons, excelled last week for the ranked Chanticleers en route to a 3-1 week and a sweep of Presbyterian. Remillard’s best game came in the finale against Presbyterian, where he drove in four runs on three hits. His RBIs came on a third inning double, a two-run single in the fourth, and a single in the sixth inning. The infielder had a hit in all four games last week, and has driven in 27 runs on the season for the 28-13 Chanticleers, who are 12-4 in Big South play.
Matt Dacey, Richmond- Dacey once again showed why he is one of the premier power hitters in college baseball, as the 2013 PGCBL Home Run Derby champion hit three home runs to bring his season total to 12. Dacey hit a solo shot in a Wednesday loss to Old Dominion, and followed that with two home runs and a triple in a Friday loss to La Salle. Dacey’s 12 home runs and 40 runs scored are best on the Richmond squad, who currently sits tied for first place in the Atlantic Ten.
Michael Jurgella, St. Cloud State- Jurgella, who wore the Dutchmen colors in 2012, continued his assault on opposing pitching with 14 RBIs over six victories last week. Jurgella hit .522 with 11 runs scored for the Huskies, who are one of the best teams in Division II. The catcher hit safely and scored in each of the six games. His best game of the stellar week came on Saturday, as he drove in six runs on two hits. In a two-inning span, Jurgella recorded two-run and three-run singles, and drove in his sixth run on a sacrifice fly. Jurgella currently leads the 41-3 Huskies with a .430 batting average and a .503 on base percentage.