Week 11: April 4-10

By: Ryan Murphy

Thomas Belcher (Indiana) pitches during the 2013 Pink Game.

Thomas Belcher, Indiana- Belcher keyed the Hoosiers to a 4-0 week, pitching in all four games out of the bullpen. Belcher did not allow a run in 6.1 total innings, surrendering just three hits. He earned two saves in a conference sweep of Purdue. The junior righty tossed 2.1 perfect innings in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Boilermakers, and pitched a hitless, scoreless ninth on Sunday in a 7-6 victory. He struck out four hitters in the four game stretch, and lowered his ERA to 2.18. Belcher, who played for the Dutchmen in 2013, has recorded a team-high four saves.

Tyler Nelin, George Mason- The 2015 Dutchmen utility player was one of George Mason's offensive leaders in a 2-2 week, hitting .471 with six runs scored and three RBIs. Nelin's best game came Wednesday against Towson, when he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. He added a pair of multi-hit games in a conference series with Dayton. Nelin is second on the team with 13 RBIs, and has played in all but one game for the Patriots.

Anthony Marks, Coastal Carolina- Marks, who played outfield for the Dutchmen in 2014, went 8-for-14 for the Chanticleers in a sweep of Radford this weekend. The left fielder recorded at least two hits in all three games of the series, including six total hits in a Sunday doubleheader. Marks drove in five runs during the series, and scored another three. Marks is hitting .339 for the nationally ranked Chants, and has scored 29 runs.

Gavin Wallace, Fairfield- The returning starting pitcher picked up his third win of the season on Sunday, guiding the Stags to a 2-1 victory over Iona. Wallace tossed a seven inning complete game, allowing just one run on six hits. He struck out five hitters and walked one, and shut out the Gaels in the game's final six innings. The complete game was the first thrown by a Fairfield pitcher this season, and moved Wallace to 3-2.

Drew Tolson, Baylor- Tolson, Albany's 2014 Pitcher of the Year, threw his second consecutive gem on Saturday in Baylor's 6-1 victory over Oklahoma in Norman. Tolson pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just a fourth inning run to the Sooners. He struck out five hitters in the win, walking three. The junior is currently third in the Big 12 with four wins, and fourth in the conference with 51.1 innings pitched.

Ernie Clement, Virginia- Hitting safely in all five games played by the No. 23 Cavaliers, Clement increased his 2016 batting average to .358. The 2014 Albany star leads Virginia in hits and batting average, and recorded ten hits in the team's five games. He added three runs scored and a run batted in as Virginia battled Boston College in an ACC series.

Adam Lee, Lipscomb- Albany's 2014 infielder scored the game-winning run on two occasions this weekend for the Bisons. Lee scored on a single in the tenth inning on Saturday, and came across for the winning run on Sunday on another single. Both victories came over conference opponent USC-Upstate. Lee hit .357 on the week, spotlighted by a 3-for-5 day in Saturday's win over the Spartans. The senior leads Lipscomb in batting average and runs batted in.

Tyler Orris, Millersville- Orris extended his on base streak to 33 games, while finishing a 15 game hit streak. Millersville, the No. 2 ranked team in the nation by Perfect Game, went 5-0 during the week. The 2013 Dutchmen infielder drove in three runs in a Tuesday victory over Philadelphia U., and scored five runs in a four game sweep of Lock Haven. Orris is having an All-American caliber season for the Marauders, hitting .412 with 43 runs scored and 32 RBIs.

Hunter Boose, Augusta- Playing during Augusta, Georgia's busiest weekend of the year, Boose helped the Jaguars extend what is now a nine game winning streak. Boose recorded six hits and six runs scored in the 4-0 week, led by a 3-for-4 day on Sunday. The 2015 Albany shortstop is hitting .347 for Augusta with 35 runs scored, 32 RBIs and a team-high 18 extra base hits.

Jesse Cooper, Seton Hill- The 2015 relief pitcher worked two scoreless innings for the Griffins on Sunday, picking up the win. Cooper allowed a single hit over his two innings, and struck out another hitter. He pitched the final two innings as Seton Hill earned a walk-off victory over Indiana (PA). The win was Cooper's first of the season to go with two saves over his eleven apperances for the 26-10 Griffins.

Dom DiCaprio, Rice- DiCaprio, who was a catcher on the 2015 Dutchmen roster, hit .546 in a weekend series with UAB that saw the Owls move to 9-3 in Conference USA play. The freshman recorded two hits in all three games, serving as Rice's designated hitter. His six-for-11 week raised his batting average to .299 with ten runs batted in. 

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