ATLANTA - The SAA announced the baseball Players of the Week for games played April 10 - 16 and Berry's Jacob Delk rode a red-hot bat to winning Player of the Week while Rhodes' Nick Ferngren won Pitcher of the Week after a pair of truly shutdown performances in relief.
SAA Baseball Player of the Week - Jacob Delk of Berry
Hitting .636 on the week, Jacob Delk (pictured at right) led the Berry College baseball team to a 2-1 series win over the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe University. Delk started the week 1-for-3 in Berry's 8-2 victory over Oglethorpe on Friday. He was then 4-for-5 at the plate in game two of the series, scoring twice and knocking in one RBI. Delk also added a double in the contest, knocking in Berry's final RBI of the game to bring a ninth-inning rally within one run of the lead. Delk finished the week 2-for-3 at the plate against Oglethorpe on Saturday. He scored three times and knocked in three runs as well, homering in the bottom of the sixth inning. Delk hit .636 on the week, knocking in four RBIs, scoring five times, stealing one base and adding a home run. He also added a perfect 1.000 slugging percentage, as well as a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the Vikings. Behind Delk, the Vikings are 19-17 overall, as well as 8-10 in the SAA, as they enter their final weekend of regular season conference play.
SAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week - Nick Ferngren of Rhodes
Rhodes junior Nick Ferngren came in relief in game 2 against Hendrix with the scored tied 3-3 in the 3rd. He pitched the final 5 innings allowing 1 hit, 0 walks and 10 K's to pick up the win in a 4-3 final. He also pitched an inning against CBU on Wednesday. For the week, Ferngren pitched 6.0 innings, allowed 1 hit, 0 walks and tallied 12 strikeouts. The momentum from Ferngren's performance carried the Lynx into Saturday, where they won the series and defeated Hendrix, 8-4, moving within one game of clinching the No. 2 seed.
Ferngren delivers for the Lynx
Other notable performances from around the league:
Tyler Hamel led BSC with five hits on the week, batting .556. He finished with a home run, a double, three runs, and four RBI. Hamel was walked once and hit by a pitch three times.
Mason Falbo had the best series of his career in the three-game set between Centre and Sewanee. In nine at-bats in the series, Falbo recorded six hits for a batting average of .667. He also doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs, slugging .889 for the series.
Senior left fielder Wyatt Hogan hit .417 (5-for-12) with a run scored, a double and a triple as the Warriors went 1-3 on the week. In Tuesday's 11-7 loss at DII Harding, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, three RBI and a walk. Hogan went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and three batted in in Friday's 6-3 win over Rhodes. He had a sac fly and two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Lynx. For the week, Hogan had a .500 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage.
Millsaps' senior catcher Lee Ogletree had a strong effort against No. 2 Birmingham-Southern with the bat this weekend, collecting at least one hit in every game of the series to compile a .583 average for the three games. He also scored in each game as well, leading the Majors with five runs.
Junior outfielder Britton Araujo had an excellent week for the Stormy Petrels, as he went 5-for-10 over the course of 4 games, cracking a double and walking four times. He accrued a .643 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage over the course of the week.
After dropping the opening game to Hendrix, Rhodes freshman Paul Giacomazzi stepped up in a huge way to win the next two games and clinch the series, while moving within one game on clinching the No. 2 seed. Giacomazzi went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored and followed that up with a huge four hit game, going 4-for-6 with a RBI and run scored. Giacomazzi finished 7 of 18 with four runs scored and two RBI.
Tossing seven innings, while allowing no runs and only six hits, Trey Rampy led the Berry College baseball team to an 8-2 victory over Oglethorpe University in game one of the three game series on Friday. Rampy faced only 29 batters in his seven innings of work, striking out one, while earning his seventh victory of the season. He also boasted a 0.00 ERA on the week, while holding his opponents to a mere .222 batting average. On the year, Rampy has tossed 59.1 innings for the Vikings, striking out 34 batters, while posting a 2.88 ERA, the third best ERA in the conference. Behind Rampy, the Vikings are now 19-17 overall, as well as 8-10 in the SAA, as they enter their final weekend of regular season conference play.
Nick Hoffman was counted on to break the Centre baseball team out of a skid and he delivered in a big way, striking out ten Sewanee Tigers over eight innings as the Colonels defeated Sewanee 9-1 in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader. Hoffman allowed only three hits and one runner to cross the plate in one of his best starts of the year, and his ten strikeouts mark the most by a Centre pitcher this season.
Millsaps' Jacob Mardick handed Birmingham-Southern just its second loss in conference play this season with a seven-inning complete game gem on Saturday, allowing just four hits and one run to the Panthers. Twice he set the side down in order and did not allow a hit in four of the innings he pitched.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report