ATLANTA - The SAA announced the first baseball Players of the Week of the spring season today and Oglethorpe's Austin Ferlita claimed Player of the Week status while Berry's Dylan Beasley captured Pitcher of the Week honors.
SAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week - Dylan Beasley of Berry
Earning the first win of the year and the first of his career for the Vikings on the mound, Dylan Beasley (pictured at right) led the Berry College baseball team to a 2-2 start to the season. Beasley started on the mound in the Vikings' 4-2 victory over No. 20 Texas-Tyler on Saturday afternoon. He threw 5.2 innings in the outing, allowing only one hit and no earned runs while striking out three in the contest. Beasley held the Patriots batters to a .063 average, while maintaining a perfect 0.00 ERA. He also held the nationally ranked opponent hitless through four innings
SAA Baseball Player of the Week - Austin Ferlita of Oglethorpe
Oglethorpe senior infielder Austin Ferlita played very well in the team's opening weekend of action at the Firehouse Classic in Montgomery, Alabama, batting .500 over the course of the three games with 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 5 runs scored, 2 stolen bases and a walk. He slugged .929 for the weekend and sported a .533 on-base percentage. His .500 batting average places him second in the league at this very early point in the season, and his .929 slugging percentage ranks him first.
Ferlita at the dish for the Stormy Petrels
Other notable performances from around the league:
Hitting .313 on the weekend while knocking in six RBIs, Devin Post led the Berry College baseball team to a 2-2 start to the year, including a victory over two nationally ranked opponents. In the Vikings' 10-9 loss to (6-0) LaGrange on Wednesday, Post hit 4-for-5 at the plate, scoring one run and knocking in three RBIs in the outing. Post's home run in the bottom of the seventh inning also tied the game up for Berry, giving them a shot at the victory. Post then added his second homerun of the season against Belhaven on Friday, knocking in three runs and scoring once in the contest. The three-run homer tied the game up once again for the Vikings, giving them a shot at the win. On the week, Post also added an .857 fielding percentage for Berry, turning one double play and adding three putouts and three assists in the games. Post currently ranks first in the SAA in both RBIs and home runs on the season. Finishing the week batting .313, with two home runs, six RBIs, two runs scored and 11 total bases, Post led the Vikings to a 2-2 start to the year.
Tyler Hamel of BSC went .500 this weekend with five hits, including a double. He also knocked in three runs.
Sophomore first baseman Josh Walker of Hendrix hit .600 (6-for-10) with four RBI, a double and two walks at the Rusty Greer/Jackie Moore Collegiate Classic in Grand Prairie, Texas. In Friday's loss to Dallas, he had a RBI single and a sacrifice fly for two driven in. Against #21 Texas Lutheran on Saturday, he was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk. He finished the weekend by going 3-for-4 with a RBI, a double, two runs scored and a walk in Sunday's 12-inning loss to Concordia Texas. Walker had on on-base percentage of .643 and slugged .700.
In his first two weeks as a college player, Sewanee's Jared Demkowicz played well hitting .381 with a .435 on-base percentage. Playing against USA South favorite LaGrange and against No.4/6 Emory, Demkowicz went 8-for-21 with one double and three RBI. Against Emory this past weekend who featured the top NCAA Division III pitching staff, Demkowicz finished with three runs and two runs scored.
Ryan Gaines of BSC pitched six scoreless innings against Methodist to earn his first win of the season. He starts the year with a 0.000 ERA.
Oglethorpe sophomore left-hander Kyle Babb picked up the victory in his team's 13-3 win over Huntingdon on Day 2 of the Firehouse Classic in Montgomery, Alabama, Saturday, scattering 6 hits and a walk over 6 innings of work while allowing just 1 run. His first victory as a Stormy Petrel came in his first start for the squad.
Freshman Jacob Dubs of Rhodes pitched five complete innings, allowing no runs on five hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk to pick up his first career win on the road over Huntingdon.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report