Week 5: March 13-19

By: Ryan Murphy

Nathan Harris (Louisiana Tech) [PC: Batted Bat Blog]

NCAA Division I

Nathan Harris, Louisiana Tech- Harris entered the weekend as one of four pitchers in the nation with six saves, but served as a long reliever in two Bulldog games this week. The 2016 Dutchmen star tossed four scoreless innings on Tuesday in Tech's victory over a ranked UL-Lafayette squad. Harris struck out four hitters after entering the game in the seventh, and pitched into the tenth. He also threw four innings without allowing an earned run on Sunday, despite the Bulldogs falling to Louisiana Tech. Harris has been one of best relief pitchers in the country this season, striking out 35 hitters in 22.2 innings with a 1.19 ERA.

Gavin Wallace, Fairfield- A two-year Dutchmen starter, Wallace picked up his third win of the season with his second complete game. The righthander went the distance in Fairfield's 6-0 victory over Stetson on Saturday in Florida. Wallace struck out nine hitters while walking just two, and scattered seven hits across his nine innings on the mound. Three of Fairfield's five wins this season have come with Wallace on the mound, and he leads the Stags in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts.

Danny Hrbek, Radford- Hrbek excelled both on the mound and at the plate this week for the Highlanders, who are currently riding a five game winning streak. He got the start on the mound against Rider on Saturday, tossing five innings with just one run allowed. He followed that performance with a 3-for-5 outing in the series finale. He scored twice and drove in one other run in an 11-5 victory. Hrbek, who played for the Dutchmen in 2014, both leads Radford in at bats and is second on the roster in inning pitched.

Austin Goeke, Wagner- Despite taking a no decision, Goeke tossed six stellar innings for Wagner in a 3-2 loss to Holy Cross on Saturday. The 2014 Dutchmen pitcher did not allow a run over his six innings, and struck out seven Holy Cross hitters. He left the game before the seventh inning, with the game in a scoreless tie. Goeke has been solid in each of his first four starts this season, recording a 2.18 ERA. He leads the Seahawks with 25 strikeouts through his 20.2 innings on the mound.

Kyle Zurak, Radford- One of the Dutchmen's all-time save leaders, Zurak earned his third save of 2017 with a two-inning effort on Saturday. The righthander was nearly perfect in the eighth and ninth innings, striking out three hitters while allowing nothing more than a walk in a 3-1 win over Rider. All three saves this season from Zurak have come in outings of more than one inning. The Highlanders have posted a 5-2 record in games in which Zurak has pitched.

JT Genovese, UAlbany- Genovese helped the Great Danes to a series sweep of Hofstra this past weekend, firing two scoreless innings in the series finale on Sunday. The 2015 Dutchmen righthander came within one out of a seven out save, pitching in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of a 3-1 victory in Virginia. He struck out two hitters and allowed only two hits without walking any. It was the first relief outing of the season for Genovese, who has helped UAlbany to a 7-5 season start.

Nick Silber, Rice- The freshman, who pitched for the Dutchmen this past summer, posted the best relief outing of his young career on Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning despite a Rice defeat at the hands of Texas State. Silber pitched in the sixth and seventh innings of the contest, inducing two flyouts and a groundout. It was the fifth outing of Silber's collegiate career for the Owls.

NCAA Division II

Mychael Goudreau, No. 10 Azusa Pacific- The 2016 Dutchmen player continued his run as Azusa Pacific's most effective hitter. In a four-game sweep of Holy Names, Goudreau hit safely in every game to up his season average to .404. His week was led by a 4-for-5 performance on Saturday, where he doubled and drove in two runs in a 10-0 victory. In 22 games this season, Goudreau has hit safely 20 times, and he leads the Cougars in hits.

Sean Aspinall, No. 10 Azusa Pacific- Aspinall has had a breakout season for the ranked Cougars, and added five runs batted in during the four-game sweep this past week. His biggest day of the week came on Friday, when he followed a three-hit effort in the opening game of a doubleheader with a four-RBI performance in the nightcap. The outfielder is hitting .322 this season, and has aided Azusa Pacific in a 19-3 start.


Brandon Nylin, Indiana-Southeast- In his first season with the IU Southeast Grenadiers, Nylin has been a high level starter, earning three victories. The third of these victories came on Saturday, as the 2015 Albany pitcher tossed five innings in a 7-4 victory over Rio Grande. He allowed just one run and scattered six hits while striking out three hitters. Nylin is one of two IU-Southeast pitchers to make five starts this season, and is also one of two pitchers on the roster to strike out 25 opponents.

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