Weekly awards continue to roll in

Derek Zielinski pitchers for LeMoyne College against Glenville State (Photo courtesy LeMoyne athletics/
Seven 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 week ending Feb. 26. Six players earned their first weekly conference recognition while LeMoyne College starting pitcher Derek Zielinski (Amsterdam 2011), pictured above, picked up his second-straight Pitcher of the Week award.

Big South – Player of the Week
Ryan Retz (Glens Falls 2010), High Point

Colonial Athletic Association – Player of the Week
Brig Tison (Watertown 2010), George Mason

Northeast Conference – Player of the Week
Jamie Rosenkranz (Cooperstown 2010), Monmouth

Ohio Valley Conference – Co-Pitcher of the Week
Shae Simmons (Watertown 2010), Southeast Missouri State

Sun Belt Conference – Player of the Week
Chase Compton (Oneonta 2011), Louisiana-Lafayette

Northeast-10 Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Derek Zielinski (Amsterdam 2010), LeMoyne

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Player of the Week
Patrick Dockendorf (Watertown 2010), Minnesota State

High Point University junior Ryan Retz (Glens Falls 2010) is the second player with ties to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League to be named Choice Hotels Player of the Week by the Big South Conference. UNC Asheville’s Billy Creighton (Albany 2011) was the first 2012 Player of the Week in the league. Retz, a two-way standout and former transfer from Pima C.C., batted .500 (10-for-20) over a five-game span and drove in 10 runs. He belted one home run, swatted three doubles, scored three runs and swiped two bases as the Panthers went 4-1 with victories over Charlotte, Wake Forest and Dayton (x2).  The Tucson, Ariz., native had at least one hit in all five games and he notched three multi-hit efforts. Retz started and pitched six and two-thirds innings in a victory over defending Atlantic-10 champion Charlotte on Feb. 21. The next day, he slammed three extra-base hits, including the eventual game winning two-run double and he drove in six runs total in a wild 16-15 win at Wake Forest.

George Mason University senior Brig Tison (Watertown 2010) took home the top weekly individual offensive honor in the Colonial Athletic Association. Last week, two pitchers with PGCBL ties shared the CAA Pitcher of the Week prize - W&M's Brett Koehler (Glens Falls 2010) and Georgia State's Ben Marshall (Watertown 2009). Tison and the George Mason Patriots went 3-1 at Coastal Carolina’s Baseball at the Beach tournament. The senior batted .500 (9-for-18), drove in five runs and scored four. He recorded multiple hits in all four games and scored at least once of three of four contests. His best effort at the plate came with against Iowa. He went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in a 12-3 romp. The next day, Brig scored the lone run in a 1-0 thriller against West Virginia.

Monmouth University senior Jamie Rosenkranz (Cooperstown 2010) was named the Player of the Week by the Northeast Conference. The award included games played from the first two weeks of the season. Rosenkranz scored 10 runs in Monmouth’s first six games and batted .308 (8-for-26). He scored at least one run in five of six games and recorded three multi-hit efforts. The senior tallied a team season high five runs in a blow-out win over Youngstown State on Feb. 18. Heading into the month of March, Rosenkranz leads the NEC in runs scored. Last weekend, the Oakhurst, N.J., native registered three hits in a three-game set at nationally-ranked Virginia.

The Ohio Valley Conference has selected Southeast Missouri State junior Shae Simmons (Watertown 2010) as one of two Adidas Co-Pitchers of the Week. Simmons shared the award with Alec Mills of UT Martin. The junior starting pitcher blanked IPFW with a one-hit shutout over six innings in a no decision. Simmons struck out nine and yielded just a single in the second inning. He set new career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette sophomore Chase Compton (Oneonta 2011) has been tabbed as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. Compton and the Ragin’ Cajuns went 3-1 with a series’ sweep of visiting Towson in non-conference action. Compton, ULL’s clean-up hitter, batted .588 (10-for-17) and drove in five runs. He slugged four extra-base hits, three of which were doubles, and scored three runs. Compton had at least two hits in all four games and he drove in one run or scored once in each contest. The sophomore cracked eight of his 10 hits against Towson and had three doubles in the three-game series.

Through two starts for LeMoyne College, junior pitcher Derek Zielinski (Amsterdam 2010) has 23 strikeouts. Earlier this week, the Northeast-10 Conference honored Zielinski for the second time this season with a Pitcher of the Week award. After setting a career high with 11 strikeouts in his Division II debut at Mount Olive, the junior broke his own record with 12 strikeouts through six innings in a romp over Glenville State. Zielinski fired a two-hitter over six innings and gave up just one run. He struck out the side in order in three of his six innings and he whiffed six-straight batters between the second and third innings.

Minnesota State University senior Patrick Dockendorf (Watertown 2010) has been named the Player of the Week by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Dockendorf led the Minnesota State Mavericks to a 3-1 record with victories over Colorado Christian (x2) and in-state rival Bemidji State. The senior batted .455 (5-for-11), drove in six runs and scored five. He hit for the cycle over four games with two singles, a double, a triple and a home run. Dockendorf added two sacrifice flies. Dockendorf’s home run was an inside-the-park home run against Bemidji State at the Metrodome; the smash broke a scoreless deadlock and helped MSU on to a 4-0 win. The senior added three hits, three RBI and three runs in the opening game of a twin bill against Colorado Christian.

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