Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) beats out a throw.
As the college baseball season heats up, another group of former and future Dutchmen excelled at their schools. Both at the plate and on the mound, Albany's past and present continued to make a mark on the college baseball world.
Anthony Marks, Coastal Carolina- The Chanticleer outfielder, who starred for the Dutchmen in 2013, recorded 11 hits in 19 at-bats over a five game stretch this past week. In games on Monday and Wednesday, Marks recorded four hits in consecutive contests. He ended the week with three runs scored on Sunday during a 12-5 victory over Ball State. Through eleven games, Marks is hitting .421 and has recorded a .542 on base percentage.
Jimmy Davitt, Bryant- Facing fellow Dutchmen alum Tyler Nelin and George Mason, the 2013 pitcher was spectacular on Sunday. The righty allowed just one hit over six innings, and surrendered just three baserunners while striking out eight and not walking any. Davitt's pitching performance led the Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory over the Patriots, the second win of the season for the senior.
Austin Goeke, Wagner- The 2014 Dutchmen pitcher dominated Norfolk State on Sunday afternoon, allowing just two hits over five innings in his first win of the season. Goeke worked five innings and struck out five hitters as the Seahawks claimed an 8-1 win. In his first two starts for Wagner, opposing hitters are batting just .171 against Goeke.
Hunter Boose, Augusta- Boose, the shortstop from the 2015 Dutchmen, hit safely in all four games for the Jaguars, recording .350 batting average with four runs scored and four RBIs. Augusta went 2-2 in the past seven days, moving to 13-6 on the campaign. Boose has been an offensive leader for the Jaguars through 18 games, recording a .388 batting average with 16 runs scored and 14 runs batted in.
Ernie Clement, Virginia- The 2014 Albany infielder continued his play as one of the nation's best, driving in four runs and scoring four over four games, recording six hits. His best game came against William and Mary, where he went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Clement has been Virginia's offensive catalyst to start the season, with his .444 batting average and 20 hits the best mark on the roster.
Mitch Stophel, King University- Stophel, who pitched for the Dutchmen in the 2015 season, tossed two scoreless outings for the Tornado. On Tuesday, the righthander recorded five outs, allowing just one hit and one walk. King would take the lead in the ninth inning, allowing Stophel to earn a win in his first decision. He also retired the final four Belmont Abbey batters on Saturday, striking out two hitters in an 8-6 defeat.
Nick Jewett, Trinity- The slugger from the 2014 Dutchmen roster led the Tigers in a two-game set with Texas Lutheran. Jewett went 6-for-7 on Friday and Saturday, including two doubles and a triple. In three games total during the week, Jewett hit .500 with five runs scored and two runs batted in as Trinity went 2-1, moving to 12-3.
Chris Suseck, Rutgers- The Scarlet Knights' two wins this week were keyed by Suseck, most notably on Wednesday against Lafayette. Suseck went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Three of the RBIs came on a three-run homer that led to Rutgers' 11-3 win. He also added a sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the win.
Troy Montemayor, Baylor- In two outings this week, the newly minted Dutchmen pitcher did not allow a hit over 1.2 innings. Montemayor pitched the ninth inning on Tuesday, working a 1-2-3 frame as Baylor defeated Sam Houston State. He then earned his second save of the season on Friday, recording the final two outs to defeat Houston 4-2. Montemayor has allowed just two hits and no runs in his five appearances thus far in 2016.
Jon Reid, Azusa Pacific- Reid earned his first victory of the 2016 season, picking up the victory in Hawaii. Reid pitched 8.1 innings for Azusa Pacific, allowing two runs on six hits. The lefty struck out six hitters in the 3-2 win. In five starts, Reid has struck out 32 hitters and has recorded a 1.89 ERA and an an opposing batting average of .198.
Andrew Giddens, Ave Maria- The 2015 Albany reliever twice got the Gyrenes out of jams in eventual victories. Giddens picked up his first win of the season on Monday against Edward Waters College. Then on Saturday, Giddens came on in relief with the tying run on base and no outs against Spring Arbor, and retired the side with two strikeouts.
Dom DiCaprio, Rice- The freshman catcher, who wore the Dutchmen uniform in 2015, helped the Owls to a 3-1 week, including a series victory over Central Florida. In a midweek game with Sam Houston State, DiCaprio drove in three runs in an 8-3 victory. He added two RBIs in the series finale with UCF, making a solid impact in his first season on campus.