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OC Sports Baseball Players of the Week: April 8-14
 April 17, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jarred Smith (SC of Florida), John Underwood (Palm Beach State, Fla.), Cameron Johnson (Lackawanna College, Pa.), Joe McLaren (Macomb CC, Mich.), Mike Jacobsen (Columbia-Greene CC, N.Y.) and Zachary Beckwith (Northern Essex CC, Mass.) have been named OC Sports NJCAA baseball players of the week for games April 8-14.


DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jarred Smith – State College of Florida
Designated Hitter – Bradenton, Fla. – Lake Wales High School

The Manatees extended their win-streak to nine games last week, picking up four wins off the bat of Smith. The sophomore had a .526 batting average (10-for-19) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. In a 12-5 win at St. Petersburg College (Fla.) Saturday, Smith went 5-for-6 at the plate with a double and two homers. Smith has been the Manatees top home run hitter in 2013, going yard three times this season.


DIVISION I PITCHER OF THE WEEK

John Underwood – Palm Beach State College, Fla.
Right-Handed Pitcher – West Palm Beach, Fla. – Palm Beach Gardens High School

In a one-run nail-biter against No. 11 Miami Dade College (Fla.) last week, Underwood delivered a near-perfect performance to hand the Panthers a 1-0 upset victory. Earning pitcher of the week honors for the second straight week, Underwood recorded 10 strikeouts in nine hitless innings against the Sharks. The sophomore’s bid for a perfect game was blemished only by the one walk he allowed. Underwood has now pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts for Palm Beach State and hasn’t given up an earned run in his last 39 innings pitched.


DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

Cameron Johnson – Lackawanna College, Pa.
Third Base – Bowling Green, Ky. – Greenwood High School

Johnson led the Falcons to five straight victories last week, putting on a hitting clinic against opposing pitchers. Compiling a 2.000 slugging percentage, Johnson hit two doubles, a triple and six home runs on the week. The sophomore batted for a .625 average (10-for-16) with 17 RBIs and eight runs scored. Johnson leads the No. 8 Falcons in nearly every offensive category this season, including a team-high 40 RBIs.


DIVISION II PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Joe McLaren – Macomb Community College, Mich.
Right-Handed Pitcher – Eastpointe, Mich. – East Detroit High School

McLaren picked up two wins last week for Macomb, improving his record in 2013 to 2-1. Against Henry Ford CC (Mich.), the sophomore dealt 10 strikeouts and six shutout innings en route to a 5-0 victory. The Monarchs claimed an 8-0 victory over Ancilla College (Mich.) behind McLaren’s seven shutout innings where he gave up one hit while striking out four batters. McLaren has been Macomb’s top hurler this season, compiling a team-low 1.29 ERA in 28 innings of work.


DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Mike Jacobsen – Columbia-Greene Community College, N.Y.
Pitcher/First Base – Claverack, N.Y. – Taconic Hills High School

Splitting their six games last week, the Twins received a steady dose of offense from Jacobsen. The sophomore had a .733 batting average (11-for-15), hitting two doubles and driving home seven RBIs. Jacobsen helped his cause against Schenectady County CC (N.Y.) Saturday, pitching seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory. The Twins have been anchored offensively by Jacobsen this season as the first baseman leads the team with a .447 batting average and 10 RBIs.


DIVISION III PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Zachary Beckwith – Northern Essex Community College, Mass.
Right-Handed Pitcher – Manchester, N.H. – Manchester Memorial High School

Beckwith spurred the Knights on to a 5-0 victory over Quinsigamond CC (Mass.) with seven shutout innings. The freshman accumulated six strikeouts in the outing, allowing only four hits and no walks. On the season, Beckwith leads the Knights with a team-low 2.63 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

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Baseball Players of the Week (Feb. 18-24)
DI Player: Jacob Mena (2B) – Western Texas College
DI Pitcher: Miles Gully (LHP) – Western Texas College
DII Player: Michael Gilbert (UTL) – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
DII Pitcher: Domenick Carlini (LHP) – Northwest Mississippi CC
DIII Player: Cody Stashak (P) – Cumberland CC, N.J.
DIII Pitcher: None

Baseball Players of the Week (Feb. 25 – March 3)
DI Player: Aaron Wright (1B) – Chattanooga State, Tenn.
DI Pitcher: A.J. Sunstrom (RHP) – Darton State, Ga.
DII Player: Casey Rodrigue (CF) – LSU-Eunice, La.
DII Pitcher: Cody Reed (LHP) – Northwest Mississippi CC
DIII Player: Tim Gallagher (CF) – Cumberland CC, N.J.
DIII Pitcher: Pedro Maldonado (RHP) – Cedar Valley College, Texas

Baseball Players of the Week (March 4-10)
DI Player: Reid Mathews (3B) – Walters State, Tenn.
DI Pitcher: Matt Blackham (RHP) – Johnson County CC, Kan.
DII Player: Ryan Hutson (SS) – Pasco-Hernando CC, Fla.
DII Pitcher: Joe Gancinski (RHP) – Mercyhurst North East, Pa.
DIII Player: Robert Parrish III (1B) – Rainy River CC, Minn.
DIII Pitcher: Ty Paddock (RHP) – Rainy River CC, Minn.

Baseball Players of the Week (March 11-17)
DI Player: Matt Burgess (1B) – Crowder College, Mo.
DI Pitcher: Brooks de Montluzin (LHP) – Florida State-Jacksonville
DII Player: Kyle Dolan (1B) – Pearl River CC, Miss.
DII Pitcher: Bob Peck (RHP) – Pasco-Hernando CC, Fla.
DIII Player: Kevin Alonso (SS) – Bergen CC, N.J.
DIII Pitcher: None

Baseball Players of the Week (March 18-24)
DI Player: Alex Kline (1B) – Western Texas College
DI Pitcher: Clayton Brewster (LHP) – Dodge City CC, Kan.
DII Player: Krisjon Wilkerson (C) – Pearl River CC, Miss.
DII Pitcher: Nick Brooks (RHP) – East Mississippi CC
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Baseball Players of the Week (March 25-31)
DI Player: Dylan Delso (C) – Cowley County CC, Kan.
DI Pitcher: Ryan Etsell (RHP) – Hillsborough CC, Fla.
DII Player: Tim Anderson (SS) – East Central CC, Miss.
DII Pitcher: Cody Stokes (RHP) – Mercyhurst North East, Pa.
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Baseball Players of the Week (April 1-7)
DI Player: Ka’ai Tom (RF) – Fort Scott CC, Kan.
DI Pitcher: John Underwood (RHP) – Palm Beach State, Fla.
DII Player: Andrew Butts (DH) – Delta College, Mich.
DII Pitcher: Westin Stringer (LHP) – Jones County JC, Miss.
DIII Player: Dominic Olszta (RF) – Joliet JC, Ill.
DIII Pitcher: Dylan Deavy (RHP) – Minnesota State

Baseball Players of the Week (April 8-14)
DI Player: Jarred Smith (DH) – SC of Florida
DI Pitcher: John Underwood (RHP) – Palm Beach State, Fla.
DII Player: Cameron Johnson (3B) – Lackawanna College, Pa.
DII Pitcher: Joe McLaren (RHP) – Macomb CC, Mich.
DIII Player: Mike Jacobsen (P/1B) – Columbia-Greene CC, N.Y.
DIII Pitcher: Zachary Beckwith (RHP) – Northern Essex CC, Mass.





























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