April 9, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

A PERFECT DAY: Lakeland College junior Lee Chepil hurled what is believed to be the first perfect game in school history in an 18-0 seven-inning win over Maranatha Baptist on April 4.

The right-hander from Ladysmith, Wis., retired each of the 21 batters he faced, including eight strikeouts in the appearance.  Chepil was selected Northern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, as well as Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week for his accomplishment.

"Lee was awesome, and the defense behind him was great," said Lakeland coach head coach Chris Thousand. "I told our guys to soak it in after the game, because it's such a rarity to be in a situation like that."

Chepil posted a 1.08 earned run average in two appearances, walking just one and striking out 12 in 8.1 innings pitched on the week.

BEAVER BALL: Buena Vista’s Kevin Kloewer sparked the Beavers to three victories in four Iowa Conference meetings last week as he continued his stellar play at the plate.

The sophomore from Omaha, Iowa, batted .600 with three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored as the No. 9 Beavers split with Loras and swept Cornell College to remain in first place in the IIAC standings.  He was named IIAC Player of the Week for his efforts.

Kloewer paces the team and IIAC with eight home runs and ranks second in the league behind teammate Brandon Pietrzyk with 32 RBI. 

KEY TO VICTORY:  Keystone College stretched its winning streak to 11 games with a 17-4 victory over Moravian on April 8 as the No. 13 Giants played their first game as a nationally-ranked team.

Eric Groff and Ben Fish combined for 10 RBI and six hits, including back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning.  Groff and Fish lead the Giants with eight home runs and 38 RBI, and seven homers and 33 RBI, respectively.

The Giants have won 11 straight games entering a contest against Cortland State on April 11.

CYCLING THROUGH:  Heidelberg University’s Jason Lash hit for the cycle in the second contest of a doubleheader sweep against Capital University in Ohio Athletic Conference action on April 8.

Lash doubled, singled, homered, and then completed the cycle with a triple in the sixth inning of the 8-3 victory. The sophomore from Strongsville, Ohio, finished game two 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Heidelberg, ranked No. 11 according to D3baseball.com, extended its winning streak to 10 games with the sweep.  The Berg is the first team in the OAC to reach 20 wins this year, a feat the program has achieved for 10 straight seasons.

NOTABLE:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) debuted at No. 10 in the most recent Collegiate Baseball national poll after reeling off 15 wins since starting the season 1-4.  The Red Hawks need just two more wins to tie the school’s winning streak mark … Marietta College senior third baseman Cameron Cimino batted .480 with 10 runs scored, 13 RBI and four home runs in seven games last week, earning OAC Hitter of the Week honors for his offensive production.  Cimino contributed two homers against Franklin on March 31 as the Pioneers set a school record with seven home runs in a single game … Hunter Owen and Will Hawkins belted back-to-back home runs in a six-run sixth inning and No. 2 Millsaps combined to go 10-for-15 with runners in scoring position as they outscored Louisiana College, 17-13, on April 7 in a slugfest.  Owen’s home run moved him into second place on the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference all-time list with 38.