Forget .400, on to .500 watch
Notes: Memphis shortstop raised his average to .521 this week
Memphis shortstop Chad Zurcher is the hottest hitter in the nation, entering the week with the best batting average in Division I at .505.
The redshirt junior from Nashville then increased his batting average to .521 by going 3-for-3 in the Tigers’ 9-2 victory against Mississippi on Tuesday night. His third hit of the game moved him into sixth place on the school’s career hits list with 212. Zurcherhas raised his batting 41 points in the last seven days, and has multiple hits in 18 of 27 games this season. Last year, Zurcher batted .400 for the season, becoming Memphis’ first .400 hitter since 1994.
The Tigers will take a four-game winning streak into a three-game Conference USA series with Southern Miss at FedEx Park.
Need to Know
• Georgia Southern sophomore outfielder Victor Roache collected NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors after an offensive explosion that helped the Eagles to a Southern Conference series sweep of The Citadel. The native of Ypsilanti, Mich., turned in a .611 batting average with six home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored. In the series finale on April 3, Roache lifted the Eagles from a four-run deficit with a pair of homers for the eventual 11-9 victory. He ranks second in Division I with 12 homers on the season.
• Barry senior first baseman Dean Green batted .700 with three runs and six RBI to lead the Buccaneers to the top of the Sunshine State Conference standings with a series win at No. 14 Florida Southern last weekend. The native of Tulsa, Okla., went 7-for-10 in the series, collecting multiple hits in two of the contests. He compiled a 1.300 slugging percentage with three doubles and a home run. Highlighting Green’s weekend was perfect 4-for-4 outing with two doubles, two runs and three RBI in in a 12-5 win in the series-clinching finale. The Buccaneers vaulted 14 spots to No. 14 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll for their stellar weekend.
• Saint Joseph’s College broke into the Collegiate Baseball Division II poll at No. 27 on the merits of a 13-game winning streak. The Pumas have won 17 of their last 20 contests, and currently sit on top of the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings with an 11-1 mark. Saint Joseph’s also leads the GLVC in batting average (.323) propelled by the league’s second and third-leading hitters Joe Huber (.406) and Sean Estand (.396). Estand batted .714 with four doubles and six RBI last week, earning GLVC Player of the Week for his contributions.
• No. 10 UW-Stevens Point used a nine RBI performance by Jordan Rennicke in the Pointers’ doubleheader split against Ripon on April 5, including eight RBI with the help of a grand slam in the 11-7 victory to open the day. Rennicke raised his batting average to .409 and has 15 RBI in 11 games.
• USC-Upstate picked up its first-ever Division I win against a nationally-ranked opponent as the Spartans downed then-No. 20 Stetson on April 1. Sophomore pitcher Scott DeCecco tossed seven shutout innings against the Hatters, striking out four batters and scattering six hits. He was named to CollegeBaseball360.com’s Primetime Performers for his performance.
• No. 16 Carthage stretched its winning streak to nine games with a 9-5 defeat of Wheaton (Ill.) in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin action. The Redmen remain the only unbeaten squad in league play at 4-0.
• Temple leads Division I batting with a .360 team average, led by Adrian Perez, who leads all Owl starters at a .412 clip. The Owls also rank third in scoring (9.5 runs per game), third in hits (347), first in doubles per game (2.76) and fourth in slugging percentage (.522).