Greg Solomon, Ohio State (Photo courtesy The Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)
Four players with ties to teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have received accolades from their respective conferences based on their performance for games played during the week of March 28 through April 3.
Big Ten – Player of the Week: Greg Solomon (Mohawk Valley ’10), Ohio State (pictured above)
America East – Player of the Week: Peter Bregartner (Watertown ’09), Binghamton
Lone Star – Co-Pitcher of the Week: Nathan Lewis (Glens Falls ’10), Tarleton State
PSAC – West Division Player of the Week: Matthew Howard (Cooperstown ’10), Slippery Rock
Ohio State University junior catcher Greg Solomon (Mohawk Valley ’10) was voted Big Ten Player of the Week. The Buckeye backstop batted .600 (6-for-10) over four games with four runs batted in, two runs scored and two doubles. Defensively, Solomon punched out three of four runners attempting to steal during a three-game conference series with Northwestern and he picked a runner off of second base. The Litchfield Park, Ariz., native had at least one hit in all four of Ohio State’s games and he posted five hits in the Northwestern series.
Greg Solomon played for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs last summer after completing his second season at Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Community College. Solomon appeared in 26 games for Mohawk Valley and drove in 11 runs.
Binghamton University senior Peter Bregartner (Watertown ’09) was tabbed America East Player of the Week. Bregartner batted .636 (7-for-11) in Binghamton’s three-game weekend sweep of in-state foe Siena. The East Islip, N.Y., native drove in six runs, scored four, socked three doubles and collected a sacrifice fly. Bregartner totaled three multi-hit and two multi-RBI games. The BU senior had his best performance in the series’ opener at Siena Field. Bregartner went 3-for-4 with three doubles and four runs batted in while the Bearcats powered their way to an 11-6 victory.
Peter Bregartner was a member of the Watertown Wizards during the summer of 2009. He appeared in 20 games for the Wizards and tied for fifth on the squad with 11 bases on balls.
Tarleton State University senior Nathan Lewis (Glens Falls ’10) was honored as the co-Pitcher of the Week by the Lone Star Conference. Lewis pitched six perfect innings in Tarleton’s 2-0 victory over UT-Permian Basin on April 2. The senior retired the first 18 Permian batters he faced and struck out five over six frames. Lewis yielded a lead-off single in the seventh inning which was the final frame in game one of a doubleheader. The Burlington, Ontario, native left after six and one-third innings and he allowed two singles.
Nathan Lewis pitched briefly for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles last summer. The Canadian right-handed pitcher went 1-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA in four appearances. Lewis gave up one unearned run on three hits and struck out seven in five innings.
Slippery Rock University senior outfielder Matt Howard (Cooperstown ’10) was selected as the West Division’s Player of the Week by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Howard batted .538 (7-for-13) and drove in five runs during Slippery Rock’s four-game league series with Clarion. The centerfielder had at least one hit in all four games and he notched a pair of multi-hit efforts. The Philadelphia, Pa., native went 3-for-4 and clouted a grand slam in the Rock’s 12-2 win over Clarion on April 1. Two days later, Howard was 2-for-3 with a run scored and another batted in as the Rock earned a 7-0 triumph.
Matt Howard played for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes last summer. The talented outfielder started 39 games and batted .259 with three home runs and 14 RBI. Howard topped the Hawkeyes with 16 stolen bases, 21 walks, seven sacrifices and 26 runs scored. The LaSalle College High School product was also one of Cooperstown’s representatives in the 2010 New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.