Week 8: April 3-9

By: Ryan Murphy

Justin Brantley (Siena College/New York Mets)

Professional Baseball-

Justin Brantley, New York Mets organization- Over the offseason, Brantley signed with the Mets organization, and was assigned to the high-A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League. The 2011 Dutchmen pitched twice in the opening week of the season, tossing four innings without allowing a run. He earned his 11th professional victory on Sunday, pitching the seventh and eighth innings as St. Lucie rallied for a victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals. The Siena product, who struck out three hitters over his four innings this week, also pitched two scoreless innings against Palm Beach on Thursday.

Anthony Marks, San Francisco Giants organization- Marks made his professional debut on Thursday for the Augusta GreenJackets, the single-A affiliate of the Giants. The 2013 Dutchmen outfielder's career got off to a great start, as the Coastal Carolina alum went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in against the Columbia Fireflies. Marks also stole a base in a 14-7 loss, which made national headlines due to the exploits of the Columbia left fielder- Tim Tebow. Marks reached base in three of the four games in his first professional series, drawing three walks and stealing two bases.

NCAA Division I-

Nathan Harris, Louisiana Tech- Harris' move to a starting role has gone incredibly well, as the 2016 Dutchmen reliever spun a complete game shutout to give the Bulldogs a series victory over Rice. Harris allowed only three hits and two walks over his nine innings, striking out six Owl hitters in a 6-0 triumph. He also added a save in Tech's Friday win, working a scoreless ninth in a 6-4 win. Harris, who has been gaining recognition as one of the best pitchers in college baseball, now has a 0.60 ERA with four wins and eight saves. In 45.1 innings, the righthander has allowed just three earned runs, five walks, and has struck out 56 hitters.

Gavin Wallace, Fairfield- Fairfield's ace was at it again on Saturday, as the two-year Dutchmen pitcher tossed his fourth complete game of the season. The righty fired a seven inning shutout, allowing only three hits. Wallace struck out five hitters without walking any in Fairfield's 6-0 win over Manhattan. Through seven starts, Wallace leads the Stags in wins (5), innings pitched (53), and strikeouts (41). With four complete games, Wallace currently leads the nation in the category.

Austin Goeke, Wagner- The 2014 Dutchmen pitcher earned his second win of the season on Friday, leading the Seahawks to a 7-1 win over Bryant on Friday. Goeke allowed just one run on two hits over six innings, striking out five hitters with two walks. In his seven starts this season, the righthander has allowed zero or one earned runs in five of his appearances on the mound. Opposing hitters are batting .178 against him this season, and he has struck out 46 hitters in 38.1 innings. Over the past two starts, Goeke has allowed just one run over 13 innings with 15 strikeouts.

Jake Hanson, Valparaiso- Three one-run victories this week for the Crusaders came thanks to the play of the senior catcher, who hit safely in all four Valpo games this week. He came up big in a 10-9 win over conference rival Northern Kentucky on Saturday, hitting two RBI doubles and a single. Hanson has played in all but one game this season for the Crusaders, and is tied for the team lead with ten doubles, and is second on the roster with 15 runs batted in.

Chris Amorosi, Siena- Amorosi, who pitched for the Dutchmen in 2014 and 2015, picked up his first win of his senior season on Sunday, helping the Saints to a 6-5 victory over Monmouth. The lefty posted a quality six inning start at the future home of the Dutchmen, going five innings with just one run allowed. Amorosi struck out four Monmouth hitters, and only allowed one walk. He left the game with a 4-0 lead, and the Siena bullpen was able to hold on to give the Saints a series victory at home.

Ernie Clement, Virginia- Virginia picked up a much-needed sweep of Pittsburgh this weekend to get back above .500 in ACC play, a sweep that was aided by the leadoff hitter and 2014 Dutchmen star. In five wins this week, Clement had seven hits, scoring five runs and driving in another two. He had three straight games of two hits, in midweek victories over Old Dominion and George Washington and then in the opener against Pitt. His best game of the week came in a 11-1 win over GW, where he hit his second home run of the season, driving in two runs and scoring two more.

Dylan D'Anna, Siena- The Siena reliever continued his stellar performance out of the bullpen this week, snagging his second win of the season on Saturday. D'Anna pitched the final 3.1 innings in the first game of the series as Siena held on for a 5-4 win over Monmouth. While recording the game's final ten outs, D'Anna struck out five while allowing just two hits and a walk. Monmouth was not able to score on the 2016 Dutchmen pitcher. With his efforts, D'Anna's ERA dropped to 1.88, the second best total on the roster. D'Anna's two wins add to four saves, making him responsible for a decision in over half of Siena's wins.

Austin Foote, Indiana- Foote, who pitched for the Dutchmen in 2014, came up big on Tuesday for Indiana, tossing two perfect innings in the tenth and eleventh, which allowed the Hoosiers to walk off for a 3-2 win over Ball State. The lefthander struck out three of the six hitters he faced in extra innings, and needed just 24 pitchers to retire six Cardinal hitters and gain his first victory of the season. Foote has kept the opposing team off the board in eight of his ten relief outings this season, and has posted a 1.59 ERA.

NCAA Division II-

Justin Childers, Ohio Dominican- Albany's reigning co-Player of the Year hit safely in five of Ohio Dominican's six games this week, and kept his batting average above .400. In three of the six games, Childers recorded multiple hits, including two outings with three hits. In a loss to Wayne State, he went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. He also drove in three runs in a 16-8 win over Grand Valley State, hitting a triple and two singles with two runs scored. Childers has hit safely in ten of his last 12 games for the 15-12 Panthers.

Kale Morton, Azusa Pacific- Morton posted his best start of the 2017 season for the nationally ranked Cougars, throwing six shutout innings in a 10-0 victory over Hawaii Pacific. Morton did not allow a walk in his third win, and scattered six hits throughout his six innings. The lefthander has yet to take a loss in his eight starts. Azusa Pacific has won 15 of their last 16 games, and currently sit utop the PacWest Conference with a 17-3 record.

NCAA Division III-

Malcolm Nachmanoff, Tufts- After a six-RBI performance last Sunday, Nachmanoff continued his hot hitting with eight RBIs over three games for the Jumbos. He drove in four runs in a 10-4 win over Salem State on Monday, and did the same on Sunday against Keene State. He hit home runs in both games, accounting for two of his five hits on the week. After an 0-for-12 start to his season, the 2016 Dutchmen player has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, and has driven in 14 runs during that time.

Dylan McGee, Trinity University- For the second consecutive start, the 2014 Dutchmen pitcher did not allow an earned run to earn a victory for the defending national champions. McGee allowed only one hit and an unearned run in five innings on the hill, which propelled the Tigers to a 10-4 win over Schreiner. The righthander had his best strikeout game of the season, punching out nine Schreiner hitters. It was McGee's third win of the season for Trinity, who have won seven of their last nine games.

NAIA-

Brandon Nylin, Indiana-Southeast- Nylin moved to 4-0 on the season on Saturday, going the distance in a 9-2 win over West Virginia Tech. In his seven innings on the mound, Nylin allowed two runs on eight hits, and struck out four hitters. Nylin's victory aided the Grenadiers in a conference split, in a series that was named the conference's series of the week. The 2015 Dutchmen pitcher, after his first complete game of the season, has the best win-loss record for the 26-9 Grenadiers, posting a 4-0 record.



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