Release courtesy of the NCBWA
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Salve Regina University senior outfielder Zack Smith (New Canaan, Conn.) was selected as the Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) for Division III baseball.
For the sixth time in seven weeks, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Div. III Rookie of the Week went to a freshman from the Mideast Region, while a no-hitter and a six-long ball week took home the Pitcher and Hitter of the Week honors for games spanning April 1-7.
HITTER OF THE WEEK
Smith, a senior first baseman and outfielder for Salve Regina University, enjoyed an absolutely prolific power week with six home runs and 12 RBI in six contests. Smith, who added four doubles and scored 12 times, batted an impressive .560 (14-for-25) with a .533 on-base percentage and a monstrous 1.440 slugging percentage. The slugger opened the week by slamming a pair of round-trippers in a 5-3 non-conference win against Rhode Island College. He added four more homers in a doubleheader split with Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Western New England University, including three in the opener. In conference play, Smith batted .786 (11-for-14) with four home runs, six RBI, and a 1.929 slugging percentage in three games.
"To say Smitty was locked in the past week would be an understatement," says his head coach Eric Cirella. "He literally hit everything hard. I don't think I have ever seen a power display like that before. And the majority of his extra base hits were in clutch spots. When he wasn't putting on a laser show he was tracking down balls in the outfield, something he has done with the best of them this season."
Cirella continued, "I told Zack in the fall that he could be one of the best hitters in New England if he stays healthy - something he has struggled to do since his freshman year. And so far I think he is proving he can compete with anyone. He has been really fun to watch and I hope he can continue to help us win games into May."
Honorable Mention Hitter: Will Welsh, Sr., OF, Lancaster Bible College – The Chargers' senior outfielder went 10-for-14 at the plate for a .714 batting average with four home runs, nine runs scored, 13 RBI, and five walks during a three-game sweep against Gallaudet University. In the final game of the weekend, Welsh went 4-for-4 with three long balls to finish the week with a 1.571 slugging percentage.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.