Current SEC Freshman of the Week Demarcus Henderson (Miss. State) played for the Amsterdam Mohawks last summer against the Albany Dutchmen on June 12. Photo courtesy dbphoto/James DiBianco/Albany Dutchmen
Nine players with ties to teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate baseball League have earned awards from their respective conferences based on their play in games for the week ended Mar. 11.
Big XII – Co-Player of the Week
Jake Brown (Glens Falls 2011), Kansas State
Patriot League – Pitcher of the Week
John Colella (Elmira 2010), Holy Cross
Southeastern Conference – Freshman of the Week
Demarcus Henderson (Amsterdam 2011-2012), Miss. State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – West Division Pitcher of the Week
Nick Umberger (Oneonta 2010), Shippensburg
American Southwest Conference – West Division Pitcher of the Week
Brad Orosey (Cooperstown 2010), Texas Lutheran
Empire 8 - Pitcher of the Week
Tim Sylvester (Watertown 2011), St. John Fisher
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Lyon (Cooperstown 2011), Babson
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Ben Klimesh (Albany 2009), Trinity, Texas
State University of New York Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Mike Hughes (Albany 2010-2011/Amsterdam 2012), Cortland State
Kansas State University senior Jake Brown (Glens Falls 2011) was named the Co-Player of the Week in the Big XII. He shared the award with Oklahoma State’s Robbie Rea. Brown helped the Wildcats to a 4-1 record last week with a four-game series sweep of Hartford. The senior hit .524 (11-for-21) with one home run, 11 RBI, six runs scored and three doubles. Brown had at least one hit and one run scored in all five games last week. He tied a conference record with six hits in six at-bats in the first game of the Hartford series. Brown was the first Big XII player to record six hits in a game since 2008 and first at Kansas State since 1999. He cracked eight hits in the first two games against Hartford and drove in seven runs.
College of the Holy Cross junior John Colella (Elmira 2010) has earned his first career Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award. Colella, a reliever, went 1-0 with two saves in four appearances during a road trip for the Crusaders that included games with Charlotte, Clemson and Winthrop. The junior worked at least two innings and struck out three in three of his four outings. Colella scattered five hits and struck out 10 in nine and one-third innings. The opposition went scoreless in two of his four games pitched. In a weekend series at Winthrop, the Herndon, Va., native limited the Eagles to two hits in five innings. Colella recorded his second save of the week with two scoreless innings in the series’ opener and then he struck out three in three innings to earn a win in the weekend finale.
The Southeastern Conference has tabbed Mississippi State redshirt freshman Demarcus Henderson (Amsterdam 2011-2012) as the SEC Freshman of the Week. Henderson batted .438 (7-for-16) over five games and helped the nationally-ranked Bulldogs to a 4-1 mark against non-league competition. He scored five runs, drove in two runs and reached base at least once in all five games. The Miss. State outfielder collected two multi-hit games and he tallied at least one run in four of five starts. He is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak and leads the team with a .414 batting average.
Shippensburg University senior Nick Umberger (Oneonta 2011) has been named the Pitcher of the Week in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s East Division. The Shippensburg senior was the NCBWA Division II Mid-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Week earlier this season. Umberger whirled a his second complete game shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Gannon. He scattered six hits, walked one and struck out six in the seven-inning affair. Eight of the first nine Gannon batters of the game were retired and the Shipp starter set down the side in order in three of his six frames.
The American Southwest Conference has selected Texas Lutheran University senior Brad Orosey (Cooperstown 2010) as the ASC West Division Pitcher of the Week. Orosey struck out a career-high 14 in a complete game shutout victory over conference foe Mary Hardin-Baylor. With 14 strikeouts, the TLU senior became the ASC all-time leader in strikeouts with 244. He scattered three singles, walked none and faced four batters over the minimum. Orosey fanned at least one opposing hitter per frame and he racked up multiple strikeouts in four of nine innings.
St. John Fisher College senior Tim Sylvester (Watertown 2011) was chosen as the Empire 8 Pitcher of the Week. Last week, he pitched in two games for the Cardinals. His most impressive outing came in a five hour, 15-inning thriller in Florida against Aurora. Sylvester, a converted closer, entered the contest in the sixth inning and he would not leave until the top of the 13th. The senior pitched six and two-thirds innings of relief, allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three. He earned a no decision in a game that ended up as an 11-10 victory for Fisher. Overall for the week, Sylvester did not earn a decision however he pitched nine innings and struck out six.
Babson College junior Kyle Lyon (Cooperstown 2011) nabbed the very first Pitcher of the Week prize in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after throwing his first career shutout against Salve Regina in Florida. Lyon, in his first start of the season, spread out eight hits, walked one and struck out seven in the seven-inning contest. He allowed just one Salve runner to safely advance past second base. The Flemington, N.J., native was the only Babson starting pitcher to not allow an earned run during a five-game Florida swing.
Trinity University senior Ben Klimesh (Albany 2009) picked up his second Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Pitcher of the Week award earlier this week. Klimesh fanned 15 batters, a personal best, as part of a complete game two-hitter in a victory over Southwestern. The senior struck out the side three times and whiffed at least one batter in all seven innings. The 6-foot-4 senior did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and he did not give up a hit in six of his seven frames. Klimesh retired the final 11 batters he faced. Through seven appearances, he is 7-0 with a 1.53 earned run average, 76 strikeouts and five complete games.
Cortland State junior Mike Hughes (Albany 2010-11/Am. 2012) has been named the Pitcher of the Week by the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Hughes also pocketed the ECAC Upstate New York Pitcher of the Week accolade. The junior earned two victories and struck out 20 batters in two starts last week against Rochester Tech and Wheaton (Mass.) Hughes allowed one run on five hits in 11.2 innings. His best performance came in Florida against the Wheaton Lyons. Hughes tossed a four-hit shutout over seven and one-third innings and struck out a season-high 11 in a 4-3 victory.