Week 15: May 2-8

By: Ryan Murphy
Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina)

Zach Remillard, Coastal Carolina- An explosive weekend for the No. 23 Chants was led by the three-time PGCBL All-Star, who drove in nine of Coastal's 43 runs during a sweep of Liberty. Remillard hit his 12th and 13th home runs during the sweep, a total that is tops in the Big South. His weekend was capped on Sunday, as the senior crushed a grand slam and reached base four times in a 17-3 win. Remillard's 49 runs batted in are second in the conference, and the Chanticleers sit four games clear of the field in the league standings.

Nick Morton, Washington and Jefferson- A 4-1 week for the Presidents was led by Morton, who was one of Albany's most popular players during his 2013 and 2014 campaigns. The infielder hit a scorching .615 during the week, recording eight hits in 13 at bats. His efforts helped Washington and Jefferson to the third seed in the upcoming conference tournament. In 22 games played this season, Morton has recorded a .348 batting average in his senior year.

Dom DiCaprio, Rice- The freshman continued what has been a stellar rookie campaign with a huge week, leading the Owls to four wins. DiCaprio, who wore the Dutchmen uniform last season, had at least two hits in all four games, capped by a 4-for-6 performance on Sunday. DiCaprio's standout weekend came less than 50 miles from his hometown of Coral Springs, Florida., as Rice bested Florida International. In his first season of college baseball, DiCaprio has hit .330 with 15 RBIs.

Jake Welch, Notre Dame College- In his final regular season start, Welch was dominant en route to his seventh win of the season. The two-year Dutchmen pitcher did not allow an earned run over six innings of work in a 15-1 win over Urbana. The senior righty entered the weekend ranked in the top ten in complete games at the Division II level. Welch's seven wins, seven complete games and 61 strikeouts are all team-highs.

Nathan Harris, Louisiana Tech- Harris, who is signed to play for the Dutchmen this season, lowered his ERA to 2.74 after five scoreless innings of relief for the Bulldogs. His week began on Wednesday, when the righty tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless work in a 14-4 win over ULM. He followed by dominating Middle Tennessee hitters on Friday, allowing just one hit over 3.1 innings in an 8-4 triumph. Harris was credited with his fourth save in the win, which saw him strike out five Blue Raider hitters.

Teddy Cillis, Hofstra- A two-way player, Cillis excelled on the hill this week. A member of the 2013 Dutchmen roster, Cillis stayed undefeated at 3-0 due to six strong innings of work. He allowed just one run on five hits, and struck out three hitters to lead the Pride to a 5-1 victory over Northeastern. Cillis also recorded two hits in the final two games of the series. The redshirt sophomore may be the only player in the country to lead his team in wins on the mound and home runs at the plate.

Justin Brock, Franklin Pierce- The Ravens, who are on a 16 game winning streak and are ranked No. 4 in the nation by Perfect Game, moved to 44-4 this week with the aid of another good week from Brock. In four victories, the 2014 Dutchmen infielder hit safely in every outing. He also stole another five bases, raising his Division II best total to 46. Brock also scored seven runs in the wins. Franklin Pierce swept a series with Saint Michael's, scoring 39 runs in a three game span.

Jack Wietlispach, Robert Morris- Back-to-back multi hit performances from Wietlispach, who played in Albany back in 2013, moved RMU to within two wins of a conference title. In conference tournament action, Wietlispach went 5-for-8 with two runs scored as the Eagles defeated Trinity Christian and Saint Francis and advanced into the championship semifinals set for Monday night.

Justin Brantley, Cleveland Indians organization- Playing for the double-A Akron Rubberducks, the two-year Albany star has settled in for the 'Ducks, allowing just one earned run in his last five outings over eight innings. This week, Brantley recorded four outs on two occasions, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts. He earned his first win in a nearly spotless outing against Trenton, and tossed 1.1 scoreless in a victory over Binghamton.

JJ Shimko, USC-Upstate- Shimko, an incoming signee, drove in six runs this week as the Spartans won an explosive series with FGCU. The two teams combined for 77 runs over three games, and Shimko drove in six while hitting .357. His best game was on Saturday, a wild 21-18 affair. Shimko went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, which came on an RBI triple, a bases loaded walk, and a two-run double. The big week raised the 2016 Dutchmen's average to .301.

James Davitt, Bryant- Only a handful of Division I programs have more victories than the 36-9 Bulldogs, and the former Albany starter has served as a key component. Davitt picked up his fifth win on Sunday, during a 15-5 win over LIU Brooklyn. Surrendering just two earned runs over six innings, the senior struck out five hitters in the victory. Davitt has walked just 18 hitters in his 54.2 innings on the mound, the best ratio on the roster.

Dave Vaccaro, St. Bonaventure- The 2014 Dutchmen infielder had a career day on Sunday afternoon, hitting two home runs and driving in seven as the Bonnies trounced George Mason. Vaccaro hit a solo homer, a three-run shot, and a three-run double in the win. The offensive explosion was easily a career high in RBIs, and moved the junior to second on the team with 24 runs batted in.

Chris Amorosi, Siena- Amorosi helped keep the Saints in contention for the MAAC regular season title with a win on Sunday. The two-year Albany lefthander pitched five quality innings in Siena's 12-6 win over Saint Peter's. Amorosi struck out five hitters, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with only one walk. The win was the third of the season for the Schenectady native, who moved the Saints to within two games of the MAAC lead.

Tyler Orris, Millersville- Orris extended his on-base streak to 43 games in two Millersville wins this week, drawing four walks and scoring five runs in wins over Wilmington and California (Penn.). The 2013 Dutchmen infielder boasts a .478 on base percentage for Division II's No. 1 team.



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