April 23, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

RED HOT:  No. 7 Trinity College stretched its winning streak to nine games with a sweep of Colby College as the Bantams completed their New England Small College Athletic Conference East Division schedule with a 12-0 mark for the second straight season.

Junior first baseman Kent Graham batted .692 against the Mules, belted three home runs and knocking in eight RBI in the doubleheader sweep of Colby on April 18.  The native of Longmeadow, Mass., garnered NESCAC Player of the Week for his offensive contributions.

The defending NCAA Division III champion returns to the field against NESCAC West Division foe Amherst for a doubleheader on April 25. Trinity ranks fifth in the nation with a .370 team batting average, and is second in Division III with a .577 slugging percentage.

PLATE PROWESS:  Kean University’s Mike Moceri picked up his second New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Week award after a stellar week at the plate to propel the No. 11 Cougars to a 6-0 record.

The junior second baseman batted .600 with eight doubles, 13 RBI and nine runs scored, hitting safely in all six games and notching multiple hits in four of the contests.  Moceri’s week was highlighted by a 3-for-3 outing with three doubles and three RBI in a 10-0 win at Drew.

The Yardville, N.J., native has struck out just one in 139 at bats this season, and leads the league with 66 hits and 48 RBI.

BULLDOGS BITE:  Adrian College ran its school-record winning streak to 17 straight as the Bulldogs posted a sweep of Hope last weekend to remain in first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings with a 17-1 league mark.

Junior outfielder Alex Cowart’s bat remained hot in the series against the Flying Dutchmen as he batted .533 with six doubles, a home run and eight RBI.  The native of Dearborn, Mich., paces the MIAA in hits (32), runs scored (26), RBI (22) and slugging percentage (.841).  Cowart was named MIAA Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The Bulldogs also moved into the ABCA Division III Poll at No. 21 on the merits of their lengthy winning stretch which they look to extend against Calvin on April 24. 

NO RUNS FOR YOU: Curry College continued to move up the ladder in the latest D3baseball.com poll to No. 16 after compiling a 7-1 record last week thanks to a pair of excellent performances by junior pitcher Cory Collins.

The native of Whitman, Mass., turned in a 2-0 mark while tossing 13.1 scoreless innings, beginning with 6.1 shutout innings in a 5-0 victory against then-No. 3 Wheaton (Mass.).  Collins followed it up with a seven-inning no-hitter against Wentworth five days later.  He combined for eight strikeouts on the week, while allowing just five hits.

Collins garnered The Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week award for his efforts.  He leads the league with a 6-0 record and 1.67 ERA for the first-place Colonels. 

NOTABLE:  Wilkes pitcher Tom Buckler notched his ninth win of the season with a 3-2 defeat of Alvernia as he set the school record for most wins in a season.  The previous program mark was set 31 years ago.  Buckler is also tied for the Division III lead in victories this year … Randolph-Macon’s Charlie Hartt went 8-for-12 with five home runs and 11 RBI as the Yellow Jackets swept Roanoke and Guildford in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action, earning the league’s Player of the Week nod for his performances.  R-MC has won six straight games, and nine of its last 11 contests.