Week 8: March 14-20

By: Ryan Murphy

Adam Lee, Lipscomb- Lee helped the Bisons to a 3-1 record with an outstanding week, driving in ten runs on eight hits. On Tuesday against Eastern Illinois, Lee went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, driving in runs with two doubles and a single. After scoring two runs in a loss to Eastern Michigan, the first baseman drove in four runs with three hits, including two singles and a two-run homer. His week ended with a decisive three-run double against the Eagles, leading Lipscomb to a 4-1 victory. Lee currently leads the Bisons in batting average (.365), hits (23), RBI (28) and on base percentage (.511).

Justin Brock, Franklin Pierce- Brock's Ravens have gotten off to a 17-2 start, and the senior recorded nine hits with eight runs scored to help Franklin Pierce to a 5-1 week. He hit safely in five of the six games, including a 3-for-3 outing with a triple against Dowling. Brock also stole four bases in a single game during Franklin Pierce's 9-6 win over Dominican on Saturday. Brock's 25 stolen bases are the best total in Division II baseball, and he has recorded a .323 batting average with 19 runs scored and nine runs batted in.

Jimmy Davitt, Bryant- Davitt, a righthanded pitcher from the 2013 Dutchmen roster, tossed a seven inning complete game for Bryant in a 7-0 victory over Central Connecticut on Saturday. The righty moved to 3-1 with the shutout victory. Davitt allowed just four hits and struck out four hitters without surrendering a walk. In five starts, Davitt has recorded a 4.21 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 25.2 innings on the mound.

Zach Remillard, Coastal Carolina- The three-time PGCBL All Star for the Dutchmen continued as one of the best power hitters in the nation. Remillard hit his eighth home run of the season, and recorded six hits in 14 at-bats. The infielder reached safely in all three games of a weekend series with Longwood, including going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the finale. The No. 21 Chanticleers have been led by the senior, who is hitting .373 with 20 RBIs and 16 total extra base hits. His eight home runs are among the top five totals in the NCAA Division I level.

Michael Fitzsimmons, Ole Miss- Albany's 2015 Player of the Year continued to provide a spark for the Rebels, hitting safely five times in ten at bats. After a double on Tuesday against UAB, Fitzsimmons went 2-for-3 in an SEC start against Tennessee. The next day, Fitzsimmons hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot that proved to be decisive in a 6-4 win. Saturday's win saw the redshirt freshman record another multi-hit game, hitting a double to go with his homer. The Rebels are currently ranked ninth in the nation by Perfect Game.

Justin Childers, Ohio Dominican- Albany's newly minted signee aided the Panthers in a series victory over Hillsdale with two multi-hit games. After scoring two runs in the series opener, a 6-4 loss, Childers went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run- his first of the season- in an 11-5 win. The first baseman drove in two runs and scored twice. He then ended the series by going 3-for-3 with two more doubles, driving in two runs and scoring another. Childers has hit .320 for the Panthers through 15 games, leading Ohio Dominican to an 11-3-1 record.

Jake Welch, Notre Dame College- The two-time Albany pitcher worked seven innings for the Falcons on Friday, recording a complete game victory over Charleston. Welch allowed two earned runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. The win was the righthander's second of the 2016 campaign, both of which have been seven-inning complete game triumphs. Welch walked just one in the 3-2 win.

Morgan Phillips, College of Charleston- In five games, Phillips hit .333 with five runs batted in and three runs scored. His biggest hit came on Tuesday, when he belted his second home run of the season, a grand slam. Phillips exited the weekend with 15 RBIs and a .302 batting average, both among the best totals on the team.

Liam Conboy, Susquehanna- Conboy pitched twice this past week for Susquehanna, working 4.2 scoreless, hitless innings in a pair of victories. He pitched the ninth inning of a 25-9 win over York on Thursday, striking out one and walking one. Conboy then came in during the sixth inning on Saturday against Drew, and allowed no hits or runs to pick up the victory. The righty struck out two hitters with no walks in the 6-5 victory. In his 11.2 innings of work, Conboy has earned two wins and a save, and has posted a 2.31 ERA.

Jose Hernandez, Bryan College- Hernandez, who pitched for the Dutchmen during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, allowed just one hit over four innings for Bryan, earning a three-inning save in the process. On Friday, Hernandez pitched the eighth inning for the Lions, working a scoreless frame with two walks and a strikeout. That performance was followed by three one-hit innings against St. Andrews, picking up a save in a 12-4 win. The save was his fourth of the season, and only the second time he had pitched more than inning.

Austin Goeke, Wagner- The righthander, who wore the Dutchmen uniform in 2014, threw 6.1 shutout innings for the Seahawks on Friday. Wagner won the game with two runs in the ninth, and Goeke kept the game scoreless by allowing just two hits and four walks during his fourth start. Goeke kept Fordham hitters off balance with nine strikeouts. The start was Goeke's third in a row where the New Jersey native allowed one earned run or fewer, as well as the third start with just two hits allowed.

Jack Grabek, Bucknell- Making the first start of his collegiate career, Grabek allowed just one earned run over six innings on Wednesday. The 2016 Dutchmen signee only surrendered three hits to Dartmouth, who went on to win 6-4. He struck out four hitters and walked two despite not being involved in the decision. The rookie campaign has been a successful one thus far for Grabek, with the lefty recording a 2.45 ERA with just four hits allowed over 7.1 innings.

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