Francis, Hoffman Collect Baseball Weekly Honors

Francis, Hoffman Collect Baseball Weekly Honors

ATLANTA - The SAA announced the baseball Players of the Week for games played March 13 - 19 and Berry's Alfred Francis continued his torrid hitting to win Player of the Week honors. On the mound, Centre's Nick Hoffman held No. 4 BSC scoreless through seven strong innings to claim Pitcher of the Week.

SAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week - Nick Hoffman of Centre

Nick Hoffman(pictured at right) had one of the best starts of his career in Centre's 3-0 victory over 4th ranked Birmingham Southern on Sunday. Hoffman struck out seven Panther batters over seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits in the win, which marked the first for Centre over BSC in the last 12 meetings.

SAA Baseball Player of the Week - Alfred Francis of Berry

Batting .688 on the week with eight runs, two doubles and two triples, Alfred Francis led the Berry College baseball team on the week. Francis started the week a perfect 6-for-6 in his first six plate appearances. He was 5-for-5 in the Vikings' 13-8 victory against La Verne University on Wednesday. He scored five times in the outing as well and knocked in one run for the Vikings. Francis also added a stolen base in the contest, as well as a triple. He was then 1-for-3 at the plate in game two against the Kingsmen, adding his second stolen base on the week, as well as a walk in the contest. Francis finished 2-for-4 against Claremont-M-S on Saturday to round out the week. He scored once in the contest and knocked in an RBI as well, adding his second triple of the week in the outing. On the week, Francis also posted a .706 on base percentage, as well as a 1.063 slugging percentage, while adding 17 total bases. Defensively, Francis boasted a .955 fielding percentage, with 17 assists and four put outs while turning two double plays. Francis is batting .480 on the year, ranking first in the SAA. Behind Francis, the Vikings are now 12-10 overall, as well as 3-3 in conference play. 


Berry's Francis fields and delivers

Other notable performances from around the league:

Batting .688 on the week with eight runs, two doubles and two triples, Alfred Francis led the Berry College baseball team on the week. Francis started the week a perfect 6-for-6 in his first six plate appearances. He was 5-for-5 in the Vikings' 13-8 victory against La Verne University on Wednesday. He scored five times in the outing as well and knocked in one run for the Vikings. Francis also added a stolen base in the contest, as well as a triple. He was then 1-for-3 at the plate in game two against the Kingsmen, adding his second stolen base on the week, as well as a walk in the contest. Francis finished 2-for-4 against Claremont-M-S on Saturday to round out the week. He scored once in the contest and knocked in an RBI as well, adding his second triple of the week in the outing. On the week, Francis also posted a .706 on base percentage, as well as a 1.063 slugging percentage, while adding 17 total bases. Defensively, Francis boasted a .955 fielding percentage, with 17 assists and four put outs while turning two double plays. Francis is batting .480 on the year, ranking first in the SAA. Behind Francis, the Vikings are now 12-10 overall, as well as 3-3 in conference play. 

Sophomore first baseman Andrew Mink had an outstanding weekend for the Stormy Petrels, as he led his team to a series win over MIT. He went 7-for-8 over the course of the weekend, cracking 2 doubles, hitting a sacrifice fly, driving in 3 runs, and scoring 4 runs. He also stole a base. For the weekend, he hit .875, slugged 1.125, and accrued an on-base percentage of .778.

Freshman Paul Giacomazzi finished 3-for-10 for the weekend including three doubles and five run driven in to go with three runs scored, leading the Lynx to a home series win over the Millsaps Majors in Memphis. Giacomazzi had a double and at least one RBI in all three games.

Trey Akins continues to tear up the SAA going 7-for-12 over the week in the series win at Hendrix. Akins hit .583, with a .917 slugging percentage and six RBI. Of his seven hits, four were doubles. He also did not strike out once while getting on base 57 percent of the time. Overall, Akins has a hit in 14 of his last 15 games. He currently second in the SAA in hits, second in doubles, first in RBI, sixth in batting average, and eight in home runs.

Earning the only Viking win on the week, Ben Coker led the Berry College baseball team on the mound. Coker tossed six innings in the Vikings' 13-9 victory over La Verne University. He allowed only four hits and one earned run, while striking out six batters in the outing. In the contest, Coker posted a 1.50 ERA, while holding the Leopards, who boast a .305 season average, to a mere .182 average. On the year, Coker holds a 3-1 record, with 19 strikeouts in his 26.1 innings of work. 

Stephen Himic pitched a complete game shutout to help the Panthers defeat Centre 1-0 and secure the series victory. Himic struck out a game-high six batters and walked just three of the 34 batters he faced. When runners were on base, he shutdown the Colonels offense, not allowing a single hit. Himic also went three-up, three-down three times in the win.

Jack Mercer threw a complete game vs. Millsaps picking up the win in a 6-1 victory giving Rhodes the series win as they won 2 of 3 vs. Millsaps. Mercer was dominating in his performance, using 66 pitches through 7 innings and carrying a no hitter into the 8th inning of a 2-0 game. Millsaps picked up their 1st hit of the game to start the 8th inning and added 2 more hits and an intentional BB during the inning but could only muster a single run as Mercer got out of the jam with the bases loaded and keep the game at 2-1. After the Lynx offense put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th, Mercer had a clean inning in the 9th for a complete game victory. On the day Mercer allowed 3 hits, 1 BB (intentional) and 5 K's and only threw 87 pitches to complete the victory.

Drew Mancuso earned his fifth straight win as the Tigers earned their second SAA series victory of the season. After series wins at Hendrix and against Millsaps, the Tigers are now tied with one loss atop the SAA standings. Mancuso was outstanding again after he pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only eight hits and two runs. He also struck out five as the Tigers defeated Hendrix, 4-3. At the plate, Mancuso hit .385 with five hits, two doubles, two rusn scored and a .615 slugging percentage. Mancuso is now second in the SAA in wins, first in innings pitched, sixth in fewest earned runs, and fourth in strikeouts.

 

 

The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report