Week 12: April 11-17

By: Ryan Murphy
Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) hits for the Dutchmen in 2014.

Justin Brock, Franklin Pierce- Brock, who played for the 2014 Dutchmen, led the No. 3 Ravens to a three-game sweep of Bentley on Saturday and Sunday. In the three games, Brock recorded seven hits in eleven at bats. The opening game of the series saw the infielder hit two doubles, driving in four runs and scoring another three in a 19-2 victory. He scored a run in each game of the series, and stole two bases. Brock is No. 1 in all of Division II baseball with 37 stolen bases, and is second best on the Ravens with a .352 batting average.

Jeff Rivera, Cumberlands- In just his second start of 2016, Rivera dominated St. Catharine with a two-hit complete game shutout. The newly signed Dutchmen pitcher allowed just two hits and two walks in his seven innings on the mound, and struck out eight hitters. Rivera has been a dominant pitcher for the Patriots this season, recording a 1.39 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of work.

Justin Childers, Ohio Dominican- The infielder, who will wear the Dutchmen uniform this summer, led the Panthers at the plate in six games this past week. Childers hit .417 with eight runs scored and seven RBIs as Ohio Dominican won two games. He hit safely in five of the six games, and his best game came during a 13-3 win over Northwood, where he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, four RBIs, and a home run. Childers is currently hitting .330 with 25 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

Will Miller, UAlbany- Helping the Great Danes to a 3-1 week and a sweep of St. Peters, the 2014 outfielder hit over .500 at the top of the UAlbany lineup. On Saturday, Miller went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs, recording a triple and a stolen base in his best game of the week. Miller is one of two Great Danes with 20 runs scored, and one of three to start every game to date.

Ernie Clement, Virginia- Clement hit safely in all four games this past week for the Cavaliers, who went 3-1 and picked up a series win over ACC rival North Carolina. The infielder from the 2014 Dutchmen roster scored three runs in Virginia's Wednesday win over Longwood, and went 3-for-4 in the series finale with the Tar Heels on Sunday. Clement hit his seventh double in the victory, and rose his season average to .361.

Gavin Wallace, Fairfield- The soon to be two-year Albany pitcher won his fourth game of the season on Saturday, going a complete seven innings with three strikeouts. Wallace's Stags topped Niagara 9-3, with Wallace scattering two earned runs on six hits, and throwing just 79 pitches. The righthander's four wins are a team high, and he has compiled the team's only two complete games of the season.

Jack Wietlispach, Robert Morris- A two-year Dutchmen player, Wietlispach had a busy week, playing in eight games over a six day span. In those eight games, Wietlispach hit .364 with 12 runs batted in. He hit safely in all but one game, and recorded four multi-hit games. He hit his second homer of the season on Saturday against Judson, driving in his 23rd run of the season. Wietlispach is hitting .317 for the Eagles.

Chris Amorosi, Siena- Albany's two-year lefthander pitched well twice in the past seven days for the Saints. On Wednesday, Amorosi pitched the final three innings of a 4-2 victory over Fordham, allowing one run on two hits and earning a save. He came back on Sunday to throw three more innings, and only allowed one hit in Siena's 6-4 win against Monmouth. Amorosi struck out four hitters on Sunday before turning the ball over to Dylan D'Anna, who got the final out and the save.

Troy Montemayor, Baylor- Montemayor continued as Baylor's shutdown closer, earning his eighth save on Wednesday by pitching the final inning in a 6-3 win over Lamar. The righty also worked a scoreless ninth against Oklahoma State on Saturday in a 3-1 loss. The incoming pitcher has climbed the mound 17 times for the Bears in 2016, allowing just two runs and recording a 1.06 ERA.

James Davitt, Bryant- A battle of former Dutchmen pitchers went the way of the 2013 hurler, as Davitt and Bryant defeated Austin Goeke and Wagner by a 3-2 score in Saturday's series finale. Davitt threw five innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out four Seahawk hitters, and picked up his fourth win of the season. He topped Goeke, who pitched all six innings for Wagner in the losing effort.

Nathan Harris, Louisiana Tech- The righthander, who is heading to the Capital Region this summer, was spectacular for the Bulldogs on Friday, pitching three scoreless innings out of the bullpen in a 1-0 loss to Florida International. Harris worked the final three innings of the game, allowing a lone hit with four strikeouts. The San Antonio native has made 13 bullpen appearances for Louisiana Tech, tied for the highest total on the roster.

Dave Vaccaro, Saint Bonaventure- Vaccaro played for the Dutchmen during the 2014 season, and helped St. Bonaventure to an Atlantic Ten series victory over Dayton. The outfielder had a career day on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. In addition to three singles, Vaccaro hit a two-run homer, his first of the season. He currently leads the Bonnies with 22 runs scored.



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