STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College senior third baseman Taylor Black (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) earned honorable mention in consideration for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) NCAA DIII Hitter of the Week award for the reporting period ending March 12th.
Black hit .625 (15-24) with a .630 OBP and a 1.000 slugging percentage with eight runs, five doubles, two triples, and 11 RBI in six games for the Monks last week. The senior captain had at least two hits in every game, including three-hit efforts in three different contests, and played flawless defense with no errors in 18 chances at the hot corner.
Black also garnered Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Week honors and was listed on the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week for his play during the March 6-12 reporting period.
For the season, Black is hitting .567 (17-30) with 13 runs, six doubles, two triples, 12 RBI, and two steals with no errors in 22 chances through eight contests. He currently leads the team in batting, OBP (.611), slugging (.900), hits, doubles, triples, and RBI.
Delaware Valley senior Kyle Wenger (Souderton, Penn.) was selected as the NCBWA NCAA DIII Hitter of the Week after batting .550 (11-for-20) and slugging 1.100 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine runs scored, and eight RBI in a 5-0 week for the Aggies. Wenger hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 3-2 win over Bridgewater State. The Middle Atlantic Conference's Freedom Player of the Week also went 3-for-7 with four RBI, three runs scored, a double and a home run in a doubleheader sweep of Geneva, and, in a doubleheader sweep of Norwich, Wenger recorded three hits with three RBI and two runs scored in game one.
Saint Joseph's (6-2) returns to action on Friday, March 24th when the team returns to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational for three nine-inning games versus Thomas College (3/24, 2:00 PM), Worcester State University (3/25, 2:00 PM), and Benedictine University (IL) (3/26, 10:00 AM).
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Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.