Week 9: March 21-27

By: Ryan Murphy

Nick Jewett (Trinity U.)

Nick Jewett, Trinity U.- Jewett, who played for the Dutchmen in 2014, had a stellar week in leading the Tigers to a three-game sweep of Centenary. The first baseman recorded two hits in each of the three games, hitting .600 for the series with seven runs batted in and four runs scored. He also added a home run in the middle game of the sweep, a 13-3 win. Through 27 games for the 23-4 Tigers, Jewett has hit .404 with a .509 on base percentage. His offensive leadership has guided Trinity to a No. 4 national ranking by Perfect Game.

Jack Grabek, Bucknell- Grabek was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week after his dominant performance against Yale on Sunday afternoon. The freshman allowed just three hits and no runs over 8.1 innings, striking out six and walking just one. The win was Grabek's first of his collegiate career. In his first seven appearances, the lefty has posted a 2.29 ERA in 19.2 innings, and opposing hitters are hitting just .159 against him.

Austin Goeke, Wagner- The junior from the 2014 Dutchmen roster continued his stellar 2016 campaign with six strong innings in Wagner's 20-4 victory at Mount St. Mary's. In just 74 pitches, Goeke struck out eight hitters in six shutout frames, and did so without walking a batter. He allowed only five hits, picking up his second victory. The righty has recorded a 1.93 ERA over five starts, striking out 34 hitters to 12 walks.

Tyler Orris, Millersville- Millersville's 23-2 start has placed the Marauders as Perfect Game's No. 2 in the nation. Orris has hit safely in seven consecutive games, and has reached base in 24 consecutive games. In five games, Orris hit nearly .500, driving in seven runs and scoring another seven. The infielder is currently hitting .417 with 32 runs scored and 21 RBIs. Orris has also stolen 16 bases in 18 attempts.

Jake Welch, Notre Dame College- A two time Dutchmen pitcher, Welch won his second consecutive complete game, a seven inning victory over Concord. Welch did not allow an earned run over his seven innings of work, and surrendered just three hits. The senior righthander struck out eight hitters and walked one in the 3-2 win for the Falcons. The triumph was Welch's third of the season, all of which have come in seven-inning complete games.

Zach Remillard, Coastal Carolina- Albany's only three-time League All-Star has been the leader at the plate for the Chanticleers, and continued his outputs in four games this past week. The infielder went 9-for-17 with six runs scored and three RBIs. Through 25 games, Remillard is hitting an even .400 with eight home runs and 23 runs batted in. His team-high 40 hits have led the nationally ranked Chants to a 16-9 start.

Nick Cioffi, Saint Rose- One of the most accomplished Dutchmen pitchers in franchise history, Cioffi moved to 2-0 with a win in Saint Rose's home opener on Friday. The senior pitched six innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run. Dating back to the summer with the Dutchmen, Cioffi has now won three starts in a row at Bellizzi Field, and has been outstanding in 2016, posting a 0.67 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 27 innings.

Thomas Belcher, Indiana- Belcher, a pitcher from the 2013 Dutchmen roster, pitched in two Indiana victories this past weekend against Indiana State. On Friday, Belcher tossed a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts in a 7-5 win. He then pitched the final 3.2 frames of a 5-3 win over the Sycamores, not allowing a hit. The Hoosiers have now won in seven consecutive games in which Belcher has appeared, and the righty has worked six straight shutout innings with just one hit allowed.

Kyle Zurak, Radford- The 2014 Dutchmen closer recorded his first save of the season for Radford on Saturday, pitching two near-perfect innings in a 6-5 win over Longwood. Zurak struck out three hitters with just one walk, and faced the minimum amount of opposing hitters. In seven bullpen appearances for the Highlanders, Zurak has struck out 12 hitters in 9.2 innings.

Zak Spivy, Polk State- Albany's returning pitcher worked 6.1 innings for the Eagles last Monday, not allowing an earned run in a 7-6 loss to Florida Southwestern. Spivy struck out eight hitters with two walks, surrendering just one unearned run. In his eight starts, Spivy has thrown a team-high 44.2 innings with 40 strikeouts and just 11 walks, and has recorded a 3.43 ERA.

Morgan Phillips, College of Charleston- Phillips led the Cougars to an undefeated week with six runs batted in. The outfielder drove in three runs in the first two games of a weekend series with Delaware, all on sacrifice flies. The 2012 Dutchmen star ended his week with a three-run homer against the Blue Hens in a day where he reached base in all four of his plate appearances.

Dylan McGee, Trinity U.- In his second appearance of the season, McGee pitched two scoreless innings in Trinity's 11-4 victory over Centenary. McGee was dominant in his two innings, striking out four hitters. He allowed just one hit and a walk. In the 2014 pitcher's first three innings of the season, McGee has struck out seven hitters without allowing a run.

Jack Wietlispach, Robert Morris- A two time Dutchmen player, Wietlispach hit .300 with four runs batted in as the Eagles went 3-1. The catcher drove in his runs on two singles and a triple, driving in a run on every hit during the four game stretch. Through 20 games, Wietlispach leads the Eagles with 12 runs batted in, and has posted a .355 on base percentage. 

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