NEAC Announces First Set of 2015-16 Baseball and Softball Student-Athlete of the Week Selections

Gallaudet University junior Ian Evans (left) and senior Kate Fetzer (right) both pitched gems for the Bison last week.
Gallaudet University junior Ian Evans (left) and senior Kate Fetzer (right) both pitched gems for the Bison last week.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of baseball and softball for the period running from Monday, February 22 through Sunday, February 28.  These are the first set of selections for both sports after each recently opened their seasons.    

 

Zack Crawford (Newnan, Ga.) has been named the NEAC Baseball Player of the Week after an excellent start to the season for the Gallaudet University Bison. The junior third baseman had a big weekend during a pair of back-to-back doubleheaders, as he batted .615 after racking up eight hits on 13 plate appearances to go with eight runs scored, three RBIs, three triples and four walks drawn.  He had three hits in each game of a doubleheader sweep over the University of Valley Forge Saturday, including two extra base hits in addition to totaling six runs scored, three RBIs and two walks.  He then scored a run and had a double in each game of a doubleheader with Muhlenberg Sunday, giving him a double in three straight games and extending his overall hitting streak to five games that started with a perfect 3-for-3 performance against Penn State Harrisburg on Feb. 21.  Crawford has now begun the season batting .458 through seven games for the Bison. 

 

Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.) has been chosen as the NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding outing for the Gallaudet University Bison.  The junior tossed a gem during a 10-0 win over the University of Valley Forge Saturday, as the lefty struck out a career-high 12 batters (six looking) while giving up just two hits with no walks across seven innings to record the complete-game victory.  Evans took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before it was broken up by a two-out single, with the other hit allowed also only being a single later in the seventh.  Evans is now sporting a 1.35 earned run average through three appearances and 13.1 innings pitched on the season thus far for the Bison.

 

 

 

Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) has been selected as the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after a fantastic performance to begin the season for the Gallaudet University Bison.  Making her Gallaudet debut, the sophomore went 4-for-7 at the plate with a double and a triple while driving in two runs and scoring three of her own to help the Bison sweep their season-opening doubleheader with University of Valley Forge Sunday. Hogan opened the day by bringing home a run with a single to right field in her first collegiate at-bat in the bottom of the first inning. She later doubled in the same inning and would score two runs as Gallaudet plated 10 runs in the bottom of the first en route to the 13-5 victory. Hogan continued to swing a hot bat in game two, as she laced a triple down the left field line to bring in a run before an errant throw allowed her to also race home and score the eighth and final run of the day in the 8-0 win.  Hogan finished the doubleheader batting .571 with a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage, while also posting a perfect fielding percentage with one putout and 10 assists on 11 chances.

 


Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) has been named the NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week after a terrific opening-day performance for the Gallaudet University Bison.  Starting in the circle during the Bison’s second game of the season-opening doubleheader with the University of Valley Forge Sunday, Fetzer pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout to help the Bison secure an 8-0 victory in five innings and complete the series sweep.  The senior struck out nine batters while giving up no walks during the gem of an outing.   Fetzer also helped herself at the plate, driving in a run and scoring another in the victory while concluding the doubleheader with two hits, two RBIs, a double and a stolen base. 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.