Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Danny Dopp (South Haven, Mich.) Earlham College | Designated Hitter | Graduate Student – Dopp became Earlham’s all-time hits leader in a 6-for-18 (.333) effort at the plate over four games for the Quakers, who went 3-1 and secured a home series for the opening round of the 2021 HCAC Tournament. Danny went 4-for-9 with one run and four RBI in the Quakers’ doubleheader sweep over Defiance on Friday night at Sadler Stadium, including two doubles and a home run. In Saturday’s doubleheader at Manchester, Danny went 2-for-9 with one run and one RBI, and his single in the top of the third of game two was his 193rd career hit – eclipsing the previous Earlham record of 192 hits set by Nate Lynch (2014-17). For the week, Dopp had a .400 on base percentage and a .611 slugging percentage.
Pitcher of the Week:
Nick McClanahan (Ryle, Ky.) Franklin College | Junior | Pitcher – McClanahan turned in a dominant performance on Saturday against Hanover, tossing a career-high eight innings allowing one run on five hits with a career-best 14 strikeouts in a 9-1 Franklin win over the Panthers. He tied for the second-most strikeouts in a game by a Franklin pitcher, one off the single game program record.
- Branton Sanderson (Whiteland, Ind.) Anderson University | First Base | Graduate Student – Sanders went 5-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and a homer during Saturday’s doubleheader with Transylvania. He reached base in 9-of-10 plate appearances as he was walked twice and hit by a pitch twice. On the week, Sanders posted an .833 batting average, a .900 on-base percentage and a 1.667 slugging percentage.
- Jose Olivo (Knightstown, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Olivo threw six innings and allowed one run. He struck out two batters, issued one walk and gave up five hits.
- Garrett O’Reilly (Galena, Ohio) Bluffton University | First base | Senior – O’Reilly went 3-of-8 (.375 batting average) with a homer and two doubles as Bluffton split a pair of home games with Manchester. He scored a run and drove in one.
- Joey Gerbus (Liberty Township, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Senior – In his only appearance of the week, Joey Gerbus logged a complete game victory over Defiance College on Saturday at Sadler Stadium in an 11-1 Earlham victory over the Yellow Jackets. Gerbus scattered three hits and allowed one walk while fanning 10 Defiance batters out of 30 batters faced in the eight-inning game that was cut short under the 10-run rule.
- Jacob Heuchan (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Outfield | Senior – Heuchan batted .400 with three home runs, nine RBI and five runs scored for Franklin as they closed out the regular season with a 4-1 week. He clubbed his first three career home runs across the weekend’s three games against Hanover, driving in all nine runs as Franklin took 2-of-3 from the Panthers.
- Eric Roudebush (New Palestine, Ind.) Hanover College | Outfield | First Year – Roudebush posted a strong week as he went 5-for-9 at the dish with a double. He posted a .667 slugging percentage.
- Marcus Goodpaster (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | First Year – Goodpaster picked up the Panther’s lone win last week as he entered the contest in relief. The first year was effective on the mound as he threw 1.2 innings allowing one run with three strikeouts.
- Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Junior – Hooks tossed a gem at Bluffton on Friday. Hooks threw a complete game and limited the Beavers to just two runs – only one was earned- in a 5-2 win for the Spartans. Hooks scattered four hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters as he improved to 4-3 on the year. Hooks leads Manchester in Ks (73) and innings pitched (61.0).
- Ryan Murray (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outfield | Junior – Murray had a solid week for the Lions at the plate. He went 7-for-16 at the plate scoring five runs, hitting a pair of homeruns and walking twice.
- Nathan Renner (Pleasant Praire, Wis.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Renner was magnificent for the Lions against one of the top offenses in the league in Rose-Hulman on Saturday. He went 8.0 innings, allowing just one earned run, while striking out four and only walking one.
- Luke Calabrese (Sugar Grove, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Infield | Senior – Calabrese batted .500 (7-14) with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI last week. He slugged at .643 and had a .533 on-base percentage as Rose-Hulman finished 2-1 for the week.
- Ian Kline (Frederick, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | First Year – Kline tossed two scoreless innings in relief against Transylvania and three scoreless innings in relief for the save against Mount St. Joseph. For the week, Kline pitched five innings, allowing three hits, one walk with four strikeouts and one save. He held the opposition to a .176 batting average for the week.
- Hudson Chastain (Knoxville, Tenn.) Transylvania University | Infield | Senior – Chastain led the Pioneers in sealing up their first HCAC regular season title in over a decade with a 2-1 week to wrap up conference play. Chastain hit the game-winning walk-off RBI in the bottom of the ninth in Wednesday’s 7-6 13-inning victory over Rose-Hulman to cap off a scintillating night. Chastain went 4-for-6 at the plate with a walk and one run scored. In Saturday’s doubleheader split with Anderson, Chastain went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI in game one and drew another walk. The third hit in Saturday’s game one performance was the 200th career hit for Chastain. He finished up the week with a hit, a walk, a stolen base, and two RBI in a 6-3 win over Rose-Hulman. For the week, Chastain went 8-for-14 at the plate (.571 BA) with three walks, one stolen base, and five RBI, and put together a .647 on base percentage to go with a 1.218 OPS.
- Collin Johnson (Union, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Johnson pitched the last four innings of a season-ending 6-3 win for the Pioneers over Anderson on Saturday to pick up his first save of the season. Over four innings of work, Johnson struck out four batters and didn’t allow a walk, while scattering three hits over those four innings. The senior did not allow a run as he worked the second portion of the clincher.