FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton’s Brian Berkowitz (Marietta, Ga.) enjoyed a nice series against William & Mary over the weekend, pacing the Tigers from the plate. The junior outfielder was a menace at the plate, and finished six-for-13 (.462). Two the six hits were home runs, including a grand slam in the third game of the weekend. Berkowitz finished the weekend with seven runs batted in and also scored five runs.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard’s Dan Berardo (Wyckoff, N.J.) allowed just one hit in 5.1 innings in the season opener despite being just three days removed from illness. Berardo gave up a single hit and an earned run while striking out four batters. The sophomore left the game before the bullpen was responsible for three additional runs in the 4-1 loss to Jacksonville State. Berardo faced 17 batters in total, and held the opponents to a .059 batting average, while recording a 1.69 earned run average.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
In the first three games of his collegiate career, Yale’s Zach Tobolowsky (Dallas, Texas) hit .538 (7-13) with three home runs and five runs batted in. He posted a 1.231 slugging percentage and did not commit an error while splitting time between left field, right field and second base. Tobolowsky started things off with a two-out single in the sixth inning against Wagner in the season opener on March 8. Later in the day, against hosts Maryland-Baltimore County, he racked up another two-out hit in the form of his first career home run and RBI. In Monday’s re-match at UMBC, Tobolowsky led off the contest with a home run. In the third inning, with the score tied, he hit another roundtripper, the one coming with two out and two runners on base. Tobolowsky led off both the sixth and seventh inning with singles, scoring a run in the sixth. He picked up his second two-out hit of the game, and his fourth of the week, with a single in the top of the ninth.
THE HONOR ROLL
Cornell’s Jadd Schmelzter (Tappan, N.Y.) paced the Big Red in a difficult outing against LaSalle. In the 7-2 setback, the sophomore had a double and picked up an RBI. On the year, Schmelzter is hitting .333 with three doubles.
In his first career start for the Crimson, Harvard’s Brent Suter (Cincinnati, Ohio) struck out seven batters in 7.0 innings in a 10-3 win at Jacksonville State … Suter struck out at least one batter in every inning except a 1-2-3 fifth inning in which he threw nine pitches. The freshman allowed just six hits in the victory.
Like the Brown baseball team as a whole, senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, Wisc.) continued to get better as the weekend went along, culminating in a 2-5 game, in which he had a hand in four of team’s nine runs, as Bruno nearly toppled Auburn, losing in eleven innings. Hitting from the leadoff spot, Daniels did not have a lot of RBI opportunities, but he made the most of them when he did, and provided a consistent baserunner and threat at the plate for Brown.
Columbia junior catcher Dean Forthun (Glendora, Calif.) batted .500 over the weekend, hitting safely in all three games against Charlotte, the two-time defending Atlantic 10 champions. Forthun had a pair of multi-hit games while catching both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Charlotte. His second double of the game in the nightcap sparked a three-run seventh-inning rally that gave Columbia a 4-3 lead at the time.
Princeton’s Brad Gemberling (Swarthmore, Pa.) earned the win in the third game of the series against William & Mary. Riding six strikeouts, the senior crafted out six strong innings, only giving up five hits and three runs (two earned). Gemberling stands with a 1.80 earned run average on the year.
Penn’s Dan Williams (Southampton, N.J.) had a career-high six RBI against Georgetown on Saturday as the Quakers defeated Georgetown for the third game in a row. Williams knocked in four of his runs in the eighth inning with a grand slam – the first of his career. Penn went on to win, 18-4. The sophomore went nine-for-16 on the extended weekend, finishing with six runs batted in.