Six Grab Weekly Conference Awards

Former Mohawk Valley DiamondDawg Tyler Rogers pitching for Austin Peay (Photo courtesy LetsGoPeay/Austin Peay athletics)

Six players with ties to teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have earned weekly recognition from their respective conferences for the week ending Mar. 25. Four of the six players either competed in the PGCBL last summer or will do so in 2012.

Big Ten – Co-Pitcher/Co-Freshman of the Week
Brandon Magallones (Glens Falls 2012), Northwestern

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Chad Gallagher (Mohawk Valley 2009), Marist

Ohio Valley Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2009), Austin Peay

Southwestern Athletic Conference – Player of the Week
Angel Rosa (Watertown 2011), Alcorn State

Liberty League Co-Pitcher of the Week
Bryan Chudy (Watertown 2012), Clarkson

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference – Co-Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Lyon (Cooperstown 2011), Babson

***Also mention Ryan Poplawski Siena, Justin D’Amato SJFC

Northwestern University freshman Brandon Magallones (Glens Falls 2012) earned two awards from the Big Ten after putting together a dominant pitching performance in a victory over conference-foe Iowa. Mallagones was named Co-Pitcher of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week. He became the first Big Ten player to earn two awards in one week. Magallones split the Pitcher of the Week prize with Purdue’s Lance Breedlove and the Freshman of the Week award with Indiana’s Sam Travis. The Northwestern rookie fired a five-hit shutout over seven innings and struck out a career-high nine Hawkeyes in a 3-0 Wildcat triumph. The game was played on Mar. 24 at Iowa’s Duane Banks Field. Magallones allowed just two Iowa runners to safely advance past second base. The NU hurler closed out his shutout performance by retiring seven Iowa batters in a row and 10 of the last 11.

For the first time this season, Marist College redshirt senior Chad Gallagher (Mohawk Valley 2009) has been tapped as the Pitcher of the Week in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Gallagher pitched a complete game two-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over Manhattan on Mar. 24. The Marist senior allowed two seventh-inning singles, walked none and struck out two. He retired the first 19 Manhattan batters he faced and carried a perfect game for 6.1 innings. After allowing back-to-back base hits, a pick-off at second base led to Gallagher setting down the next seven Manhattan batters to finish off the complete game. The Jaspers had two base runners during the entire game and just one of the two safely advanced past first base.

The Ohio Valley Conference has chosen Austin Peay State University junior Tyler Rogers (Mohawk Valley 2009) as the Adidas OVC Pitcher of the Week. The side-arming reliever made five appearances last week for the Governors and did not allow a run. Rogers converted two saves and struck out 11 batters in 8.1 frames pitched. He appeared in all three games of a successful conference sweep over Southeast Missouri State. Rogers began the series with three shutout innings and five strikeouts as he earned his fourth save. The Littleton, Colo., native converted his fifth save in the second game of the series and then finished off the weekend finale with two scoreless stanzas and two strikeouts.

Alcorn State University sophomore Angel Rosa (Watertown 2011) was selected as the Player of the Week by the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Rosa batted .643 (9-for-14) over four games with seven runs scored, six runs batted in, four doubles and two triples. He had at least two hits including one extra-base hit and scored one run in every game.  The junior scored three times and he smashed two doubles and one triple in a single game at Wichita State on Mar. 20. The Guaynabo, P.R., native plated three runs each in the first two games of a SWAC series with Alabama A&M. He cranked out six hits in three games against the Hornets and scored four runs.

Clarkson University junior Bryan Chudy (Watertown 2012) was chosen as one of two Co-Pitchers of the Week in the Liberty League. He shared the award with Seth Roberts of Union (N.Y.) College. Chudy recorded a 2-0 mark two starts last week against Worcester State and Union. He pitched 11.0 innings, yielded just one run and struck out three. The Goshen, N.Y., native earned his first victory of the spring over Worcester State in Florida. He allowed one run on four hits over five innings and struck out two. Five days later in Schenectady, the junior threw a complete game five-hit shutout in a 1-0 triumph over league opponent Union. Chudy retired 14 of the first 17 Union batters he opposed and carried a three-hitter into the sixth frame.

For the second time this season, Babson College junior Kyle Lyon (Cooperstown 2011) has picked up the Pitcher of the Week award in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Lyon was named NEWMAC Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday, he shared the honor with Alec Polloca of Wheaton (Mass.). Lyon struck out a career-high 11 in a complete game six-hit shutout of M.I.T. on Mar. 23. The junior scattered six hits, walked one and faced four batters over the minimum in the nine-inning affair. Lyon forced the Engineers to leave four runners on base and just three runners safely advanced past first.

Additional recognition from last week … (Mar. 19, games Mar. 12-Mar. 18)

Siena College senior Ryan Poplawski (Watertown 2010) was named the Pitcher of the Week by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Poplawski struck out eight over six innings as Siena earned a road victory over Conference USA member Memphis at FedEx Field on Mar. 16. The senior did not give up an earned run, scattered six hits and walked two. After yielding an unearned run in the first inning, Poplawski blanked the Tigers over the next five frames and no Memphis runner advanced past second base.

The Empire 8 conference named St. John Fisher College sophomore Justin D’Amato (Newark 2011) one of two Co-Pitchers of the Week. D’Amato, a 2011 PGCBL all-star, shared the award along with John Prendergast of Ithaca. The Fisher sophomore pitched a five-hit shutout and struck out a career-high 14 in a victory over Westminster (Pa.) on Mar. 18. D’Amato scattered five singles, walked one and opposed six batters over the minimum in the seven-inning affair. He recorded two-thirds of the outs in the contest via strikeout; six other outs were recorded via ground out and one by fly out. The 2011 Empire 8 Pitcher of the Year was also named to the Team of the Week for his performance.

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