Siena's Matt Gage (Amsterdam 2011-2012) struck out 16 in a win over Saint Peter's. Photo courtesy MAAC Sports/Siena athletics
Four former Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League pitchers have hurled their way to weekly laurels from their respective conferences. The awards were handed out based on play in games for the period of May 6 through May 12. All four pitchers climbed atop PGCBL mounds last summer.
Atlantic Sun – Pitcher of the Week
Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012), East Tennessee State
East Tennessee State University senior Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012) recorded his nation-leading 10th complete game in a 1-0 victory over nationally-ranked Mercer. Doane spun a complete game five-hit shutout to earn his 11th win this season. The senior scattered five hits, walked none and struck out five in a 101-pitch outing. Doane retired the side in order five times and faced just five batters over the minimum for a nine-inning game. He forced the Bears to strand five runners on base including two in the fourth and one in the eighth; two of the five left on base were sunk at third. For the season, Doane is 11-1 with a 2.15 earned run average through 16 appearances. He has gone the distance 10 times in 13 overall starts and leads the nation in complete games and innings pitched (113.0). He is the first A-Sun pitcher to reach 11 wins in a single season since current Major Leaguer Chris Sale went 11-0 for Florida Gulf Coast in 2010. Doane was also recently added to the watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year Award.
Big Ten – Co-Pitcher of the Week
Brandon Magallones (Glens Falls 2012), Northwestern
Northwestern University sophomore Brandon Magallones (Glens Falls 2012) shared the Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Week award with Kevin Duchene from the University of Illinois. Magallones shut down nationally-ranked Indiana with a complete game two-hitter in a 12-1 win for the Wildcats. The sophomore was nearly perfect in a 91-pitch disposal of the Hoosiers. Magallones walked none, hit two and struck out six. He yielded just a fifth-inning single and a seventh-inning solo home run. The Northwestern starter hurled a no-hitter through the first four innings and sat down 12 of the first 13 IU batters. Magallones completed his fifth win of the spring by retiring the last nine Indiana swingers following a seventh-inning home run. This spring, the Manhattan, Ill., native is 5-5 with a 3.45 earned run average in 77.2 innings pitched.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Matt Gage (Amsterdam 2011-2012), Siena
Siena College sophomore southpaw Matt Gage notched his second straight MAAC Pitcher of the Week award after striking out a career high 16 in a complete game three-hitter against Saint Peter’s this past Sunday. Gage gave up two runs on three hits, walked one and faced five men over the minimum. The sophomore struck out at least one batter in all nine innings and recorded four multi-strikeout frames including two in which he struck out the side. Seven of Gage’s 16 strikeouts came over the final four innings. He seated 10 SPC batters in a row to end the game. Against MAAC opponents this season, Gage is 4-2 with a 1.77 earned run average. He leads all MAAC pitchers with 52 strikeouts in league play. Overall, the Broadalbin, N.Y., native is 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 91.0 innings pitched.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Justin Bhatti (Elmira 2012), Norfolk State
Norfolk State University junior Justin Bhatti (Elmira 2012) earned recognition as the MEAC Pitcher of the Week after striking out eight over five shutout innings in a no decision against Old Dominion last Saturday. Bhatti retired 15 of 19 ODU batters and just once faced more than four Monarchs in a single frame. The junior yielded four base runners on two singles and two walks; only one ODU runner was able to safely advance past first base. Bhatti also logged a trifecta of multi-strikeout innings. Bhatti left the game after five innings, Norfolk State won 4-2. The Woodbridge, Va., native finished the regular season as Norfolk State’s leader in strikeouts (61).