Penn's Dan Gautieri (Newark 2013) tossed a complete game shutout against Winthrop. Photo courtesy Penn athletics/Alex Keil
Four players with ties to teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have earned weekly awards from their respective conferences based on their play in games for the period of Mar. 4 – Mar. 10. Two of the four players have previously competed in the PGCBL while a third has signed with a PGCBL team for the upcoming 2013 campaign.
Ivy League, Co-Pitcher of the Week
Dan Gautieri (Newark 2013), Pennsylvania
Ohio Valley Conference, Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2010), Austin Peay State
Empire 8 Conference, Pitcher of the Week
Justin D’Amato (Newark 2011), St. John Fisher
Liberty League, Co-Player of the Week
Tyler Heck (Mohawk Valley 2012), Union (N.Y.)
University of Pennsylvania sophomore Dan Gautieri (Newark 2013) was selected as one of two Co-Pitchers of the Week in the Ivy League. Gautieri split the Ancient Eight pitching prize with Columbia reliever Joey Donino. The Penn sophomore tossed a complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory over host Winthrop on Mar. 9. Gautieri scattered eight singles, walked none and struck out seven in his second win of the season. He opposed seven batters over the minimum and recorded 13 outs via groundout. During the nine-inning contest, no Winthrop runner advanced past second base. Through two starts for the Quakers, the Roseland, N.J., native is 2-0 with a 1.23 earned run average. Earlier this month, Gautieri went 5.2 innings in a road win over William & Mary.
Austin Peay State University senior closer Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2010) earned the Pitcher of the Week award in the Ohio Valley Conference. He was also named the Central Region’s Pitcher of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Last week, Rogers went undefeated in four appearances and did not allow an earned run; three of the four games were decided by one run. He recorded a 3-0 mound mark with one save and a 0.00 earned run average. The senior sidewinder yielded one unearned run on two hits, struck out five and walked seven. The former Diamond Dawg began the week on Mar. 4 at home against Michigan State. He entered in a 7-7 tie in the eighth and slung two scoreless stanzas which allowed APSU to win on a walk-off in the ninth. Two days later, Rogers retired the side in order against Western Kentucky to close out a 7-6 victory. APSU garnered its second walk-off win of the week on Friday versus UW-Milwaukee, a 10-inning thriller which saw Rogers shut out the visitors in the 10th. Tyler earned his third winning decision of the week on Saturday against Creighton. He yielded an unearned run in the eighth but tossed a scoreless ninth in a 9-8 Austin Peay triumph. Rogers has been a workhorse for the 15-2 Govs. He is 4-0 with seven saves, a 0.00 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Entering this weekend’s games, he is two saves shy of breaking the school’s career saves record.
St. John Fisher College junior Justin D’Amato (Newark 2011) powered his way to the Empire 8 Pitcher of the Week prize. The 2013 D3Baseball.com Preseason All-American fired a complete game four-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory over Union (N.Y.) on Mar. 9 in Winter Haven, Fla. D’Amato fanned a season-high 10 in his second win of the summer. He retired 22 of the first 24 Union batters he faced yielding just a base on balls and a walk in the second inning. The junior flamethrower finished off the shutout in the ninth when he forced the Dutchmen to leave the bases loaded. Through three starts, D’Amato is 2-0 with a 2.70 earned run average. He has 20 strikeouts in 16.2 innings and a .167 opponents’ batting average.
Union (N.Y.) College senior Tyler Heck (Mohawk Valley 2012) was the lone PGCBL hitter to earn a weekly conference award. Heck was tapped as the Liberty League’s Offensive Performer of the Week. The senior from Clinton, N.Y., helped the Dutchmen open the season with three victories in the Florida-based RussMatt Invitational. Heck, a lead-off man, batted .381 (8-for-21) with four RBI, four runs scored and nine stolen bases. He had at least one hit in five of six games played and posted a pair of multi-hit performances. The 2012 All-PGCBL selection began his senior season with a bang against Clark (Mass.) on Mar. 7. He stole four bases and went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI in a 9-1 triumph. He added two singles and two thefts the following day against Clark and drove in his second run of the season. Saturday, he recorded one of Union’s four hits against Empire 8 Pitcher of the Week Justin D’Amato (Newark 2011) and St. John Fisher. Heck closed out his week by socking a two-RBI double and stealing three bases in a 9-2 romp over Sewanee.