NEAC Selects First Softball and Baseball Student-Athletes of the Week for 2017

NEAC Selects First Softball and Baseball Student-Athletes of the Week for 2017

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in softball and baseball for the week ending Feb. 26. This week marks the first weekly awards for softball and baseball, with both sports selecting a pitcher and player of the week. Selections include games from Feb. 17 – Feb. 26.

Briana Pogue (Papillion, Neb.) from Gallaudet University has been named the NEAC Softball Player of the Week after going 5-for-11in four games with five runs scored, one triple, one home run, five RBIs, two walks and eight stolen bases. On Feb. 26 in a 16-1 win over the University of Valley Forge, the Bison’s rookie outfielder went 4-for-4 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle with a grand slam, a triple, three runs scored and five stolen bases. In the first game against Valley Forge, Pogue went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, one RBI, one walk and two stolen bases.

Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.), a junior pitcher from Gallaudet University, has been selected as the NEAC Softball Pitcher of the Week. Barlow matched a career-high, retiring 10 of 15 batters by a strikeout in a 16-1 win over the University of Valley Forge on Feb. 26. She allowed one run on three hits and walked one to earn her first victory of the season. Barlow also had a start earlier in the week against Catholic University of America where she allowed four earned runs on 11 hits and surrendered one walk. In addition to her work in the circle, she went 4-for-7 at the plate with two runs scored, five walks and one RBI.

Justin Taylor (Greenville, S.C.) from Lancaster Bible College has been named NEAC Baseball Player of the Week after leading the Chargers’ offense in a 1-1 doubleheader split against John Jay to open the season. Lancaster Bible’s senior shortstop hit a home run in each end of the doubleheader with his first long ball being a grand slam. In game two, Taylor went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. He finished the weekend with three hits, two runs scored and seven RBIs.

Ian Evans (Murphy, N.C.), a senior from Gallaudet University, has earned the first NEAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors of 2017. Evans earned the win in the opening game against University of Valley Forge on Feb. 19 where he threw 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five. The Bison’s left-handed hurler tossed a complete game against Muhlenberg on Feb. 26, allowing just one earned run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He went 1-1 in 11.2 innings with a 3.09 ERA, 10 strikeouts and four walks.

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.