Week 10: March 28-April 3

By: Ryan Murphy

Drew Tolson, Baylor- Albany's 2014 Pitcher of the Year tossed a gem on Saturday in the Bears' 2-1 victory over Kansas. Tolson logged 7.2 innings without allowing an earned run, surrendering just an unearned run on six hits. The righty struck out six hitters to just one walk, and picked up his third win of the 2016 campaign. Tolson's three wins lead the Bears, who won their first Big 12 series of the season against the Jayhawks.

Zak Spivy, Polk State- The returning pitcher from the 2016 roster dominated for the 25-12 Eagles in a complete game victory over St. Petersburg College. Spivy allowed one earned run on five hits over his nine innings, striking out six hitters. Pitching in the former spring training home of the Phillies, the righty picked up his fourth win. Spivy has been Polk State's best starter in 2016, putting up a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 60 innings.

Tyler Orris, Millersville- Orris led the Marauders to a series victory over East Stroudsburg, hitting safely in all four games for the No. 2 team in the nation and extending his hit streak to eleven games. He also extended a streak of reaching base to 28 games. Orris culminated his week with a six RBI performance, hitting both a three-run double and a three-run homer in a 13-2 win. The home run was Orris' first of the season.

Brian Ruhm, Cal Baptist- Ruhm guided the No. 10 Lancers to a four game sweep of Academy of Art with three two-hit games, scoring six runs and driving in four. Ruhm drove in his runs on a two-run single and a two-run homer, his second of the season. The 2013 Dutchmen outfielder has posted a .326 batting average for Cal Baptist, driving in 21 runs and scoring another 17. His offense has helped the Lancers to a 27-7 start and a spot in the D2 rankings.

Troy Montemayor, Baylor- Montemayor, who will be coming to Albany this summer, dominated out of the bullpen for Baylor, and was part of the decision in all three Bear victories last week. In a midweek contest with UTSA, Montemayor pitched a scoreless ninth inning and got the win when the Bears walked off in the ninth. He also recorded saves in two victories over Kansas on Saturday and Sunday, giving him six for the season. In 12.2 innings on the mound this year, Montemayor has posted a 1.42 ERA.

Gavin Wallace, Fairfield- In his second win of the 2016 season, the returning pitcher tossed a splendid game in Fairfield's 13-1 win over Rider on Sunday. Wallace worked eight innings with six strikeouts and no walks, and allowed just a second inning run and scattered six hits. The Fairfield righthander has been a workhorse for the Stags in his first six starts, pitching a team-high 34 innings with 24 strikeouts and just 10 walks.

Liam Conboy, Susquehanna- Susquehanna's ace closer, who wore the Dutchmen uniform in 2015, picked up two more saves in as many appearances for the Crusaders. Last Monday, Conboy was perfect in two innings, striking out three to nail down a 3-1 Susquehanna win over Gettysburg. He then recorded his fourth save despite allowing an unearned run in a 6-4 win over USMMA on Saturday. Conboy has a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings to go with his four saves.

Mychael Goudreau, Azusa Pacific- Goudreau, who was just announced as an infielder on the 2016 roster, supplied three two hit games for the Cougars in a split with Point Loma. In the series, the shortstop hit .400 with five runs scored and four RBIs. Goudreau doubled twice and hit a home run, hitting safely six times during the series. In his freshman campaign, Goudreau has made 12 starts and is hitting .333 with ten runs scored.

Jake Welch, Notre Dame College- Welch continued his streak with his third consecutive seven inning complete game, and his fourth overall. The two-year Albany righthander yielded two earned runs on four hits. Welch showed dominant stuff for much of the game, striking out 10 hitters and walking just one. In his seven starts, Welch has recorded 39 strikeouts in 38.2 innings, and has won a team-high four games.

Jack Gethings, Fairfield- The recently signed infielder made an impact for the Stags with a four-hit game in conference play, the 13-1 win over Rider in aid of Wallace. Gethings went 4-for-5 with three RBI singles, and scored an additional two runs in the blowout victory. The freshman is one of just five Stags (four of which are PGCBL alumni) that has started every game for Fairfield. Gethings' Saturday effort placed him in the top-three in RBIs on the team.

Mike Reitcheck, Penn- Reitcheck was a 2015 PGCBL All-Star for the Dutchmen, and showed all-star stuff in a victory over Yale. In his first 2016 win, the lefty pitched into the seventh inning with just one run allowed. He struck out six Yale Bulldog hitters while allowing only two free passes. The Reitcheck victory on the mound secured a winning week for the Penn Quakers, who started Ivy League play with a 3-1 record.

Slayton Vaughan, Stephen F. Austin- A member of the 2015 Dutchmen, Vaughan had a monster weekend for the Lumberjacks. In an 11-9 loss on Saturday, the infielder hit two home runs, including a grand slam. He then added to his RBI total on Sunday with a walk-off walk to give SFA a 7-6 win. He had also posted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh before his heroics. Vaughan has driven in 19 runs for the Jacks, and is hitting .319.

Nick DiLeo, Wagner- DiLeo posted two solid relief outings for the Seahawks, recording 4.1 scoreless innings. In a Wednesday loss to St. John's, DiLeo came on in the fourth and retired seven hitters without a hit. The 2014 Albany pitched toed the rubber again on Saturday, and threw two more scoreless innings, striking out two Central Connecticut State hitters. Despite the loss, DiLeo dropped his ERA to 1.69.

Justin Childers, Ohio Dominican- Childers, who will be coming to Albany this summer, extended his hit streak to eight games this week. Despite a 1-4 week, Childers drove in four runs and hit .400 for the Panthers. His biggest hit came on Sunday, when he hit a three-run homer to pull ODU within one run. The infielder has proven to be an offensive leader for Ohio Dominican, posting a .333 batting average with nine extra base hits.

Drew Robertson, Baylor- Another Baylor pitcher headed to Albany, Robertson pitched twice for Baylor this week. Against UTSA, Robertson worked 2.2 scoreless innings with just a walk against him. He struck out two hitters. He then pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a Friday loss to Kansas. The righty has been Baylor's top middle reliever this season, posting a 0.93 ERA in seven apperances and 9.2 innings.

Additionally, a total of 13 former and future Dutchmen pitchers earned a win or save this past week. In addition to those listed above, the following hurlers picked up decisions in the past seven days: Danny Crowe (Elon, win); Jose Hernandez (Bryan College, win); Austin Goeke (Wagner, win); Nick Cioffi (Saint Rose, win); Dylan McGee (Trinity, win); Thomas Belcher (Indiana, save).d

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