Top Performers: Week 6
Brett Sullivan hits for cycle; Aaron Brown has huge two-way day
Pepperdine's Aaron Brown did it all Sunday afternoon, leading a late offensive explosion and tossing eight scoreless innings in a 10-0 win against Santa Clara. Brown hit a pair of homers, driving in four runs to dominate the game both at the plate and on the mound. Brown went 2-for-5 on the day, driving in a team-high four runs. On the mound, Brown threw 8.0 innings, giving up just three hits and no runs, while striking out seven batters.
In Sunday's series finale against Louisiana-Monroe, Troy's David Hall turned in a monster performance finishing the game 5-for-5 with two doubles, a grand slam and six RBI. He fell just a triple shy of the cycle. Hall has hit safely in eight consecutive at bats and leads the team with a .377 average and 17 runs batted in.
William & Mary's Michael Katz had another strong week for the Tribe leading the team in average at .750 (9-for-12). Katz collected two doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and scored nine runs. He finished the week with a .765 on-base-percentage, and 1.667 slugging-percentage. He also had 28 putouts, one assist, and zero errors. He ranks second in the conference in average (.408), while he leads the conference in home runs (12), and RBI (47).
Pacific's Brett Sullivan was the Tigers best hitter this week as he put together a career week and weekend against Gonzaga. Sullivan started the weekend off with a home run for his first hit against Gonzaga on Friday night to begin a historic evening. On Friday, Brett became the first Tiger in to hit for the cycle as he went in reverse order (HR, 3B, 2B, 1B) to lead the Tigers to the win. The next day, Sullivan again drove in four RBI as he hit his second home run of the weekend while going 3-for-4. Overall, Sullivan hit .600 for the week and .667 against the Bulldogs. He finished with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and a team-best five runs scored and nine RBI.
Stony Brook's Frankie Vanderka pitched his third-career no-hitter to lead Stony Brook to a 7-0 victory in game one of last Saturday's doubleheader with Albany. The no-hitter was his second complete game shutout of the season. He limited Albany to three base runners -- two walks and a hit-by-pitch -- while striking out 10 batters, including four of the first six batters he faced. He fanned Albany's Brian Bullard in the ninth inning for the final out of the no-hitter. Vanderka's previous no-hitters came against NJIT (March 18, 2011) and Fordham (March 10, 2013).