Elite Eight Take Home Weekly Conference Awards

LeMoyne's Ryan Davis (Glens Falls 2013) was the NE-10 Pitcher of the Week. Photo courtesy LeMoyne athletics/Greg Wall

The awards continue to roll in for players affiliated with teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. One week after PGCBL squads set a league record with 12 weekly conference award winners, eight more former and future PGCBL players have earned weekly awards from their respective conferences . The accolades are based on results from games for the period of April 8 through April 14. The eight award winners represent seven different PGCBL teams. Five of the award winners competed in the PGCBL last summer and three have signed contracts for 2013.

Atlantic Sun – Pitcher of the Week
Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012), East Tennessee State

East Tennessee State University senior Kerry Doane (Amsterdam 2012) piled up 11 straight scoreless innings in back-to-back appearances last week for the Bucs. The senior struck out nine, walked one and limited opposing swingers to seven hits. Doane served up two scoreless stanzas in relief against visiting Tennessee on April 9. He seated six of the eight Vols he faced in a one-run game. Three days later, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was electric in a complete game shutout over A-Sun opponent Lipscomb. Doane spun a five-hit shutout and struck out eight in an 8-0 victory. Eighty-one of Doane’s 122 pitches went for strikes and he opposed six batters over the minimum. Heading into this weekend’s games, Kerry is 7-1 with a 1.96 earned run average and seven complete games in 11 appearances. Doane leads all ETSU pitchers in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts. 

Ivy League – Player of the Week, Rookie of the Week
Joe Purritano (Albany 2013), Dartmouth

Dartmouth College freshman Joe Purritano (Albany 2013) slugged his way to the Ivy League’s Player and Rookie of the Week awards as well as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week prize from Collegiate Baseball. The freshman logged a pair of multiple home run games, knocked in 10 runs overall and batted .643 (9-for-14) in a four game Ivy League series with Brown. The Dartmouth designated hitter smacked three hits in the series opener on April 13 and drove in an insurance run with a sixth-inning RBI single in a 2-0 victory. The Don Bosco Prep graduate buried Brown in the night cap with a two-run triple and a two-run home run in the first four innings. He drilled his second home run of the day, a solo swat, in his final at-bat. Purritano bedeviled Bruno for three more hits on the final day of the series. He went 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored in a 7-0 Dartmouth victory in the opening game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader. For the second day in a row, the rookie designated hitter erupted in the night cap with two home runs. Purritano rocked a two-run home run in the third and then began the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off blast in a 7-2 victory. For the week, the Dartmouth DH batted .546 with four home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored.

Mid-American Conference – West Division Co-Pitcher of the Week
Eli Anderson (Adirondack 2013), Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois University junior Eli Anderson (Adirondack 2013) pitched his fourth complete game in as many weeks to earn a share of the MAC’s West Division Pitcher of the Week award for the third time this spring. Anderson split the pitching prize with Ball State’s Scott Baker. The NIU junior struck out a career-high 12 in a complete game victory over Western Michigan. He allowed two unearned runs on five hits and walked none in his fifth win of the spring. Anderson struck out at least one batter in eight of nine innings and he recorded multiple strikeouts in four of nine frames. Western Michigan was held scoreless through the first seven innings and the Broncos did not have a runner safely advance past second base during that time. Over the last four weeks, Anderson is 4-0 with a 0.75 earned run average and 32 strikeouts in 36.0 innings pitched. The junior leads NIU in wins (five), complete games, innings pitched (66.1) and strikeouts (48).

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Player of the Week
Aaron Nardone (Elmira 2012), Delaware State

Delaware State University junior Aaron Nardone (Elmira 2012) swung his way to the MEAC Player of the Week award. The junior batted .529 (9-for-17) and drove in seven runs for the Hornets in wins over Lehigh and Coppin State. Nardone posted at least one hit in all five DSU games and racked up three multi-hit performances. The Chesapeake, Va., native was one of the keys in Delaware State’s 10-8 victory over Lehigh. He punched an RBI single in the first to help DSU out to a 2-0 lead and then punctuated a decisive five-run explosion in the sixth inning with a grand slam. Nardone capped off the week with a .600 (6-for-10) batting average in a three-game sweep of MEAC foe Coppin State. Through 35 games, Nardone is batting .353 with 42 hits, 33 RBI, 30 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.

California Collegiate Athletic Association – Pitcher of the Wee
Ryan Dunn (Watertown 2012), Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona senior southpaw Ryan Dunn (Watertown 2012) served up a complete game two-hit shutout to blank third nationally-ranked Chico State, 1-0, on April 13 in the second game of a CCAA twin bill. Dunn was bend but not break in the seven-inning affair as he stranded six Wildcats on base. The senior yielded two hits, walked two, hit one and struck out six in a 94-pitch outing. He seated 21 of 26 Chico State swingers and allowed just one runner to safely advance past second base. The majority of the one hour and 29-minute skirmish was contested as a scoreless tie; CPP did not score its eventual winning run until the bottom of the sixth. Dunn’s complete game effort led to CPP’s lone victory in a four-game home series with Chico. The Chino Hills, Calif., native boasts the best ERA (1.50) of all Cal Poly Pomona starters and he also leads the team in opponents’ batting average (.199).

Heartland Conference – Pitcher of the Week
Matt McClain (Watertown 2012), St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University sophomore Matt McClain (Watertown 2012) was nearly perfect in a complete game two-hit shutout victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State University on April 12. McClain scattered two singles, walked two, hit one and struck out seven in a game which was called after eight innings. The St. Mary’s sophomore seated 18 of the first 21 Oklahoma Panhandle batters and finished the night having retired 24 of 29. McClain allowed the home-standing Aggies to have multiple runners on base just once and just two Oklahoma Panhandle runners safely advanced past first. Through 11 starts, the San Antonio, Texas, native is 5-3 with a 1.98 earned run average. McClain is among the NCAA Division II national leaders with 73 strikeouts and 72.2 innings pitched.  

Northeast-10 – Pitcher of the Week
Ryan Davis (Glens Falls 2013), LeMoyne

LeMoyne College sophomore Ryan Davis (Glens Falls 2013) earned his second Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week award with a complete game three-hit shutout performance against the University of New Haven on April 14. Davis spread out three UNH hits, walked one and struck out 10 in his fourth straight complete game. The LeMoyne lefty retired the side in order five times in nine innings and opposed just five batters over the minimum. Davis struck out at least one batter in eight of nine frames and struck out the side in order in the second. The Queensbury, N.Y., native was also a strike-throwing machine with 96 strikes thrown in 134 pitches. Over his last four starts, all nine-inning complete games, Davis is 3-1 with a 1.25 earned run average and 37 strikeouts in 36.0 innings. The sophomore has three double-digit strikeout games this season and he leads the Dolphins with six complete games.

Liberty League – Performer of the Week
Tyler Heck (Mohawk Valley 2012), Union

Union College senior Tyler Heck (Mohawk Valley 2012) helped pace the Dutchmen to five victories in six conference games last week. The 2012 All-Liberty League first team selection batted .474 (9-for-19) with six runs batted in, five runs scored, four HBP, three stolen bases, one home run and one double. Heck scored or drove in at least one run in all six contests and he recorded at least one hit in five of six games. The Clinton, N.Y., native began the week with a solid all-around performance in a twin bill sweep of defending league champion St. Lawrence on April 9. Heck banged out a season high four hits in the opener, drove in two runs and swiped two bases in a 5-4 Union victory. He added an outfield assist in the eighth inning as part of a relay throw that cut down a potential go-ahead run for SLU at home plate. In the night cap, the Union right fielder was plunked three times and he came around to score twice. The 2012 All-PGCBL infielder collected five hits and scored three runs in a weekend conference series at Clarkson. He knocked in the eventual winning run in a 2-0 triumph in the series’ opener and later that day smashed a solo home run that put Union ahead to stay in the night cap. Through 20 games, Tyler is batting .433 with 29 hits, 17 stolen bases and 15 RBI. Union is off to a 15-5 start and the Dutchmen stand in first place in the Liberty League.

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