March 18, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

HITTING AWAY:  Texas-Tyler got off to a perfect start in American Southwest Conference East Division play as the Patriots swept East Texas Baptist to open league action last weekend. 

Senior second baseman Brock Lemire hit .632 with three home runs and 12 RBI as the Patriots posted a 5-1 record on the week, earning ASC East Hitter of the Week honors.  The native of Nederland, Texas, also walked six times and scored eight runs as he raised his team-leading on-base percentage to .531.  Lemire also paces Texas-Tyler with a .429 batting average.

The Patriots climbed to No. 3 in the latest NCBWA/ Division III poll, and are riding a five-game winning streak.  They have won 10 of their last 11 contests.

COOKING UP WINS:  York (Pa.) sophomore Kyle Cook garnered Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week after contributing at the plate and on the mound in two wins last week, including an upset of No. 1 Salisbury in a league match-up on March 11.

Offensively, Cook went 4-for-8 for the plate with two runs scored and an RBI for the week.  The reliever from Pylesville, Md., also tossed a two-inning save with strikeouts against Messiah, and pitched two scoreless innings against Salisbury as he picked up his third save of the season.  Cook boasts a 1.64 ERA and a .105 opponent batting average with 19 strikeouts in 11.0 innings pitched this season. 

The Spartans, who are receiving votes in the latest national poll, continued their winning ways with a 9-2 victory against Elizabethtown on March 16.  They have won 12 straight games after starting the year 0-2.

BOUNCING BACK: Salisbury University bounced back from its 7-4 loss to York (Pa.) last week with a pair of convincing shutouts to begin its spring break trip in Cocoa, Fla.

The Sea Gulls’ pitching staff combined for a no-hitter as they dominated Hilbert College, 24-0, on March 17.  Junior Kyle Starr threw four innings to earn his first win of the season, and five relievers finished off the stellar outing.

No. 2 Salisbury continued to roll with an 18-0 win over Medaille on the morning of March 18.
SOLID START:  University of St. Thomas junior Matt Schuld began the season on a high note with a pair of complete-game victories over nationally-ranked opponents.

The right-hander from Plymouth, Minn., combined for 22 strikeouts in the wins over then-No. 14 St. Scholastica and then-No. 6 UW-Whitewater in his first two outings of the year, and was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performances.

Schuld enters the Tommies’ spring break trip this weekend with a 1.29 ERA and .128 opponent batting average.
NOTABLE:  George Fox senior Matt Wyckoff blasted three home runs in a 5-for-5 outing as the Bruins downed Willamette, 14-10, last week.  Each of Wyckoff’s three round-trippers tied the game at the time.  The native of Olympia, Wash., received Northwest Conference Player of the Week for his accomplishments … North Park sophomore pitcher Mike Giovenco delivered a complete-game 13-0 shutout over Dickinson College on March 13, allowing just five hits and fanning 13 batters in the outing.  The native of River Grove, Ill., is 3-0 on the year with a 0.89 ERA and was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Pitcher of the Week for his contributions.