Week 7: March 27-April 2

By: Ryan Murphy

Kyle Zurak (Radford)

NCAA Division I-

Kyle Zurak, Radford- Zurak won both of his appearances this week for the Highlanders, including his first start of the season. The righthander, who closed for the Dutchmen in 2014, earned a two-inning relief victory on Tuesday. He then got the start on Sunday against Presbyterian, tossing six innings without allowing an earned run in a 4-1 win. He struck out nine hitters, and only allowed one opposing batter to hit safely. The righthander's Sunday win helped the Highlanders salvage a game in their Big South series. Zurak leads Radford in numerous pitching categories, including ERA (2.70), wins (3), appearances (11), and saves (3).

Nathan Harris, Louisiana Tech- Harris, who was recently named as one of college baseball's best relief pitchers, showed his prowess was not limited to the bullpen on Saturday. In his first start of the season, Harris was brilliant for the Bulldogs, tossing a complete game shutout in a 6-0 win over UTSA. Harris faced just four more than the minimum, striking out eight hitters without surrendering a walk. He also added a scoreless ninth inning in a Tuesday win over Louisiana-Monroe. Harris, who picked up his third win of the season on Friday, saw his ERA drop to a miniscule 0.76, and the 2016 Dutchmen reliever rose his strikeout total to 50.

Austin Goeke, Wagner- A part of Wagner's stellar group of starters, Goeke fired another gem on Saturday. He posted his best outing of the season with seven shutout innings and ten strikeouts in a win, his first of the season, over NYIT. Goeke allowed only five hits and walked just two in his seven innings on the mound. It was the fourth time in Goeke's six starts that the 2014 Dutchmen pitcher did not allow an earned run, all four of which have gone at least five innings. He leads the Seahawks with 41 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of work, and has held opposing hitters to a .190 batting average.

David Vaccaro. St. Bonaventure- Vaccaro hit safely in all four St. Bonaventure games this past week, which included a three-game sweep over Dayton. The junior drove in eight runs over the four games, and had three two-hit performances. He drove in four runs in the Sunday finale, led by a three-run homer in a ten-run fifth inning. He also drove in a run on a groundout, and drove in two runs each in the first two games of the week. Vaccaro has assumed the role of a top run producer for the 10-10 Bonnies, as the 2014 Dutchmen utilityman leads his team in home runs (3) and runs batted in (21).

Danny Crowe, Elon- The Elon closer came up with another good week for the Phoenix, working 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings over two outings. He struck out the only hitter he faced in a 14-8 victory over High Point, and recorded the final seven outs as Elon topped James Madison, 9-2. He earned a save for his efforts against James Madison, where he struck out three hitters. Elon has now won six of the last seven games in which Crowe has pitched, and the senior captain picked up his fourth save of the season in the Saturday conference victory.

Austin Foote, Indiana- Indiana gave the ball to Foote three times this past week, and the lefthander proved to be a reliable hurler out of the bullpen. Foote struck out four Indiana State hitters on Wednesday in two scoreless innings, and put two Nebraska hitters down on strikes on Friday. He finished his week with a scoreless frame against the Cornhuskers on Sunday in a game that eventually ended in a 1-1 tie. Foote is one of just two Hoosiers with an ERA below 2, at 1.93. He has struck out 12 hitters in 9.1 innings of work, and has recorded a .176 opponent batting average, the best mark on the roster.

Tyler Nelin, George Mason- George Mason's leading hitter added to what has been a solid season for the 2015 Dutchmen, going 5-for-15 with four runs scored and four RBIs for the Patriots. Nelin's best game came in an 11-1 win over Georgetown on Saturday. He belted his sixth homer of the year to drive in three runs, and added another RBI via a ninth inning single. Nelin leads the Patriots in hits, doubles, home runs and runs batted in after 27 games, in which Nelin has played in every one.

Patrick Hisle, Maryland- In just his second start of the season, the 2015 Dutchmen infielder came up with an RBI double in Maryland's 9-1 victory over Big Ten rival Rutgers. His first hit of the season, the senior helped the Terrapins to a three-game sweep of the Scarlet Knights. He also scored a run in Maryland's victory on Saturday. Maryland is currently one of the hottest teams in college baseball, winning 17 of their last 20 games since a 1-5 start.

NCAA Division II-

Mitch Stophel, King University- The 2015 Dutchmen pitcher made three appearances for the Tornado this week, striking out seven hitters over 6.1 innings. He earned his third save of the season on Sunday, getting the final eight outs in a 4-2 victory over Southern Wesleyan. Stophel has not allowed a run in his last five appearances on the mound, and has only allowed the one hit.

Brent Alford, Augusta- Alford drove in six runs in four appearances this week for the Jaguars, led by a three RBI performance in a 6-3 win over Paine on Tuesday. The RBIs came with one swing of the bat, a first inning triple that cleared the bases. He hit safely in three of his four appearances, and all of his hits on the week went for extra bases - two doubles and a triple. The 2016 member of the Dutchmen has now driven in runs in five of his last six games played.

NCAA Division III-

Dylan McGee, Trinity University- McGee's best start of the season came on Friday, as the 2014 Dutchmen pitcher earned his second victory of the season with five shutout innings against Centenary on Friday. The righthander struck out five hitters and scattered five hits in his time on the mound. McGee's victory helped Trinity to a series victory over Centenary. It was fourth start of the season for McGee, and he has earned both of his victories while starting.

Malcolm Nachmanoff, Tufts- Making his sixth appearance of the season for the Jumbos, the 2016 Dutchmen made the most of his opportunity. Nachmanoff drove in six runs in a 23-5 victory that secured a series victory over Trinity (Conn.). He drove in four runs in a 15-run seventh inning, an effort that included a bases loaded walk and a bases clearing triple. He also added an RBI single in the eighth inning and a fielder's choice that plated a run in the ninth.

Also worthy of recognition are Danny Hrbek (Radford) and Mike Fitzsimmons (Ole Miss), who came up with walk-off hits for their respective teams this week.

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